Costa Rica

Kansas State University athletes created friendships that were hard to leave in Aguas Claras, Costa Rica

August 2019 Twenty people — 16 K-State student-athletes and four staff members — trudged through the Manhattan Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Their exhaustion was palpable. As the baggage claim carousel began to bring out their bags, so was a newfound bond between the Wildcats from six different teams and four different departments. Before anyone […]

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Xavier and Servite High School students learned “Teamwork is everything” in La Esperanza, Costa Rica

July 2019 Our 8 days spent with the community of La Esperanza building a court was filled with so many remarkable transformations.   Not only did we collectively transform a muddy field into a permanent multi-use court — we also became part of the community and part of the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” approach to living.  […]

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Southern Methodist University experienced “Pura Vida” in Las Nubes, Costa Rica

May 2019 It all started with a 3am bus ride to DFW airport. Despite our early morning exhaustion, there was a buzz of excitement going around the group as we anticipated the incredible experiences that awaited us in Costa Rica. So, we checked our bags, hopped on a plane, and not before long we were […]

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Camas High School Students experiencing the hospitality of L.A. Pital, Costa Rica

March 2019 It was an early start for our group- meeting at PDX at 4:20 am, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and excited to embark on a new adventure. We said our goodbyes to our family and friends who had come to see us off, and before we knew it we were settled into our […]

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“Pura Vida” in Tres y Tres, Costa Rica with Kent State Athletics

January 2019 We got off the plane in San Jose and were greeted by the three smiling faces of Chris, Allan, and Brian. Then took a 4-hour bus trip and arrived at the school in Tres y Tres late that night. None of us from KSU really knew what to expect on this journey but […]

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Richmond, VA Students and Adults Team Up With School Without Walls students in San Martin, Costa Rica

Students and adults from Richmond, VA teamed up with DC’s School Without Walls students and traveled to San Martin, Costa Rica for a week they’ll never forget. To say I was changed by this experience and the community of San Martín is an understatement. I do not think there is anything that could have prepared […]

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Jesuit NOLA Students and “Shovelfuls of Service” in Juanilama, Costa Rica

We stayed in a little village called Juanilama, which was the site of a completed court that we helped paint and finish off. It was also a place that we became attached to. Even though the locals spoke an entirely different language, we made friends (shout-out to Jeremy and the gang) and got to know […]

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Marquette University Athletes in Juanilama, Costa Rica

Getting off the airplane and being greeted by Jordyn and Betsy from Courts for Kids, and Brian, Lenisse and Zach from Peace Corps, was the perfect introduction to what the week would entail. The first thing they said to us set the tone for our trip, “Pura Vida.” In other words, “Get ready to go […]

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Loyola School Volunteers Welcomed in Salitre, Costa Rica

The seven days I spent in Salitre, Costa Rica with the Bribri community and Courts for Kids were full of memorable connections and life-changing experiences. Going into the trip, our primary goal was to build a multipurpose sports court with the help of Peace Corps volunteers and locals. However, I felt that we accomplished so […]

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Georgia Tech Student Athletes Work in Guadalupe de Cartago, Costa Rica

In early August, our group from Georgia Institute of Technology spent a week in the amazing community of Cartago, Costa Rica. As the trip lead, I was fortunate enough to be one of the staff members to go on the inaugural Georgia Tech Athletics’ “Jackets Without Borders” service trip. Our partnership with Courts for Kids […]

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