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!