Monday, May 11, 2015

The good and the bad

Thinking back at this year in terms of my 20-time project, I have mixed feelings. I feel like in a way I let my expectations of the project got in the way of my actual actions. As the project was presented to me in the beginning I was pushed to think big, to follow my dreams and aspirations. I felt like I needed to impress someone, I wanted to be that inspirational student. I wanted to be the kid that made a difference. And in a way that is my passion, I do want to make a difference in the world. I do want to make a change. However, my reasoning was warped this year. I feel like I let myself down. 

Although I feel like I have let myself down, in a way I am still proud. I am proud of what I have done. Going to Costa Rica this summer is an accomplishment for me. Some people may think I am spoiled for going, and I understand where they would get that idea. But in my heart I know these experiences humble me. I know I am immensely blessed for having the opportunities to travel and see the world.

Even though this trip I will be centered around service work, I wanted to do more. This year I have been trying to figure out what other service project or fundraiser I could do to benefit the village I will be in, Nosara. The organization I will be traveling with has already given the children and adults of Nosara necessities and other gifts. I felt like there wasn't anymore I could do. After feeling like I didn't have a purpose I started thinking. I came to the realization I will be giving them the gift of my time and energy, but most of all they will be giving me the gift of the opportunity to experience different cultures, languages, and lifestyles. 

For me personally, this project was both a failure and a success. I failed in that I wasn't being selfless at the beginning. I was searching for a project that would be impressive. Though, it was a success because I realized that my passion is in helping others through travel and service. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

An Obstacle

Hey guys! To be honest, I am going to try to keep this post short and to the point. I could rant on and on about the week I've had, but that's not going to help anyone. So... basically I have been having some scheduling conflicts recently. When I originally signed up for the trip I was set to go at the beginning of the summer. That was fine, but the coordinators wanted to fill up the later trip so they asked me to switch. At the time there was not a problem with that. However, after being switched into that trip I figured out my sister will be moving into collage at that point in time. I really couldnt miss that so my dad emailed our coordinator and asked to be moved back to the earlier session. It was full.

This past friday I got the email that there is no longer a spot for me on the trip. I asked to be put on the waiting list in hopes that someone will move or drop out. To sum things up, I'm not feeling very confident that I will be going to Costa Rica anymore. All I can do is hope for the best and have faith a spot will open up for me. This week I will be checking for a spot to open up, and it is possible I will be looking for alternate options for my project. Keep your fingers crossed it'll all work out! 

Monday, March 9, 2015


Hey y'all! I just had a crazy weekend! I had choir competition, and I am currently running on pure exhaustion. Even though this weekend was mostly filled with singing and dancing and not sleeping, I did get one step further in my project.  About a week ago I emailed a GLA rep with various questions about personal donations. She responded with a bunch of answers! She led me on the path of donating school related items. I will be looking into Spanish/English books to bring with me as well as a few soccer balls. Another thing I spoke with her about was when/how the children will get the donations. I made it clear to her that I wanted the relationship I make with community to be as genuine as possible. In saying that, I would rather the donations be given to them after I leave. This would be in an efforts to have more of a meaningful relationship rather than one based on material goods. She seemed very much on the same page as me on that issue.

Having a stronger idea of what I'm wanting to donate, this next week will be all about "how?". I hope to have a more definite plan for my upcoming blog.

P. S
I got fitted for a new Osprey backpacking daypack, and I got some new hiking boots for the trip!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

What are their needs?

Over the past week I was in Mexico! That vacation get me thinking about my trip, and I have been so excited about it all. A couple of days ago we books my flight. When we booked the flight it started to get real for me. I cannot believe that I will actually be going to Costa Rica with the GLA for three weeks. Even though I am a pretty seasoned traveler when it comes to international travel I am still pretty nervous about going alone.

I've felt like I've made progress on my travel aspect of my project, but as far as my donation part I feel like I am at a stand still. It has been hard for me to decide how I am going to gather materials and even more how I will manage to get them down to Costa Rica when I have them. Also figuring out what the community will benifit from the most is a hard thing to find out. The representatives at the GLA are helpful, but they are very busy. It takes them a while to respond back to my emails and provide the answers I am hoping for. I am hoping to cater my project to the needs of the people in the community that I will be visiting so my prayer for this next week is that I will figure out what those needs arehas been taking me a while to figure out what those needs are. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Forms, forms, and more forms

Last week was crazy. The mock trial project we had in English class really threw me for a loop! And to be honest that was the main thing on my mind for those few days. Now that that is done and over with I have a clear mind to focus on my 20 time project.

So what have I done? Well, I've been mostly figuring out the logistics of my trip. I've been filling out forms after forms after forms. Many consisting of questions my physical and mental health, my travel experience, and so much more. We have been  rearranging the schedule for this summer to figure out when this three weeks trip will best fit in.  So really, all of this accounts to a bunch of things that I don't need to bore you with!  I hope to update you with some more interesting things this upcoming blog post!

Monday, January 26, 2015

I was accepted!

Welcome abroad! That was how my acceptance letter began. So yes, it is official, I was accepted into the GLA and the Costa Rica program. I have been so excited about the steps leading up to the departure this summer. I have doctors appointments to make, Moosejaw shopping trips to have, and plane flights to book!

In regards to the donation aspect, I have narrowed my ideas down, but I've not settled on one. The idea of designing and sending shoes is out of the question. This is because the shoes would not be able to be made within the short time frame I am working with. Therefore, I am looking to bring soccer balls and/or school supplies with me. The decision, though, is between holding a drive in the community or hosting a walk with proceeds paying for the donations. I look forward for what is in store!

Monday, January 12, 2015


Wow, it’s been so long! I have so much to update you on! So first things first, as you know I chose to sign up for the Costa Rica Initiative for Children program. Part of the application process was to write two essays. One was about my motivation for the trip, and the second was about challenges I foresee on the trip and how I will overcome those. It took me a while to get both essays perfect, but after weeks of review, advice, and rewriting I finally finished them. I officially sent in my application with the full essays, self-assessment, and personal info, on this past Saturday. I am anxiously waiting to hear back from a GLA representative as to if I am accepted or not. Cross your fingers for me!

Next up is my donation aspect of the project. I have been indecisive about the whole thing because I keep having so many new ideas! Last week I spoke to a shoe company about buying shoes at a low cost to send to Costa Rica. They said that I can design my own pair of shoes and purchase them for roughly two dollars a pair. I started to think about how exactly I was going to raise money for the shoes and I finally came up with an idea I really like. I want to host a walk. The walk would be called something along the lines of “Take a walk in their shoes”. The participants would have to make traditional rural Costa Rican shoes to walk the 5k in. However, after sending in my application, the GLA had a list of the needs of the community. The needs consisted of school supplies; pens, pencils, markers, books, flashcards, etc. and sports equipment like soccer balls. My intent to send the community pairs of shoes was to meet their needs, but when I found out that their needs may not necessarily be shoes I had to stop and think.

To be honest, I’m not sure what I want to do at this point. I like the idea of hosting a walk so there is a possibility that I will still do that. Maybe having the admission cost for each participant go towards buying various school supplies and sports equipment. Or maybe I will just hold a drive, have people from our community bring in schools supplies and soccer balls. Right now the big word in my mind is maybe. This week my goal is to turn some of those “maybes” into concrete plans!