Court Stories

A community from Malacatancito, Guatemala, teaches students about hard work, simplicity, and family

June 2019 After a red-eye from Portland to LA to Guatemala city, we still had a long bus ride ahead. Throughout the day of travel, we experienced this feeling of suspension- that the trip has begun, but we still had no idea what to expect. We were so ready to start building. Twenty-four hours after […]

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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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University of Texas Student Athletes “Calling themselves higher to see what more could be done” in Morocco

May 2019 I cannot imagine a more authentic experience of Morocco than our Courts for Kids trip. The people of Talsint are the most hospitable people I have ever encountered, and that’s saying something as a product of the South. We arrived in Morocco on May 22nd after almost 24 hours of travel. We then […]

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A Dream becomes a Reality for Batey 9 in the Dominican Republic with help from the Institute of Notre Dame

May 2019 This court story is a combination of two perspectives, that of the local community and the group of volunteers.  Written by Molly, Institute of Notre Dame student and Alexis, and Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Every idea needs an opportunity and a little hope to convert a dream into reality. There […]

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American University Athletes left a little of themselves in Tercera Linea, Paraguay

May 2019 “I have been reminded that it’s ok to be nervous and to look at the unknown and uncomfortable from a positive perspective.  The unknown isn’t a bad thing – you just have to embrace it.” – Erin Source: American University Athletics website Day One – Luci, Women’s Swimming & Diving We started the […]

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Once strangers, now friends after Southwest Washington students experience life in Los Bajos, Panama.

April 2019 3 am, the morning of March 30th. A group of sleepy students from seven different Clark County high schools dragged themselves out of bed, grabbed their bags and met at Portland International Airport to begin their trip to Panama. We would begin our trip in silence, complete strangers, but return to the same […]

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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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Ringing in the New Year Nepal Style

December 2018 Thinking of Nepal, most people think Everest with its snow covered peaks, Sherpas, and dominant trekking adventurers — that was largely how I pictured it anyway.  There is so much more to Nepal and its people and culture than Everest; something we learned and were so very humbled by over the course of […]

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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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Flexibility put to the test on a Panama Thanksgiving Break Trip

November 2018 Day 1: Planning to meet at the airport at 3 am, we all had an early wake up call. Aside from the yawns, it was obvious that each of us was filled with excitement and anticipation for the week ahead. After a long day of travel, we landed in Panamá city around 7 […]

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