Thursday we went back to the same area to volunteer with Siempre Amigos. We finished pouring the concrete for their outdoor kitchen floor. The family’s only income is making tortillas and they were about to be shut down by health codes because they didn’t have a proper floor. Now they will be able to continue their business and provide for their family. We also started prepping the outside walls of the house to be painted.
Friday we went to Playa Tamarindo. Over half of the students took surf classes and learned how to shred some waves Costa Rican style. The rest of the group played some pick up volleyball games on the beach and soaked up the sun. Everyone had a ton of fun learning something new and hanging out with new friends.
Saturday we went to Rincon de la Vieja where we had a full day of activities. We started with a canopy zip line tour that included two Tarzan swings and a rock wall to climb. Then we did some horseback riding through the nature preserve. The fun doesn’t stop there! We then went tubing down the Rio Colorado. It was so much fun and really intense! We ate a huge buffet lunch where we replenished our fuels for the second half of the afternoon. We then went to the thermal baths and painted ourselves with volcanic mud. Some of the baths reached natural temperatures of 100 degrees! It was a very nice and relaxing activity to end our day trip.
Sunday we went to Guatil where we saw how Willy and his family have been making pottery for over 800 years! The kids thought it was a very calming experience and really neat to watch. We then went to the town of Santa Cruz to do a little scavenger hunt to get to know some Ticos. The kids had fun being creative with the clues and hanging out with their friends. We got back to our homestays in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day relaxing with our families and going to the beach.