Prior to the volunteer trip to Costa rica, I was anxious, nervous, and having many doubts.

Thinking back, and now having completed the trip, I'm not sure why I worried so much. Prior to the volunteer trip to costa rica, i was anxious, nervous, and having many doubts. Thinking back, and now having completed the trip, I'm not sure why I worried so much.

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Completing 3 projects was more rewarding than anything I have ever accomplished. Working at the orphanage was very difficult, getting attached to children without a home can really take a toll on you, however is worth every moment! The community educational program in Bajo Tejares was definitely my favourite project, and every day was completely different from the next. The community Center is in need of volunteers, and the amount of support and love shown in the community is unbelievable. The entire community is aware of the unfortunate circumstances they live in, however they are coming together to work hard and educate those in need. The bilingual nursery project was also rewarding, however my least favourite.

Tanya Leclerc

The school was more or less a daycare center for children to socialize and paint. I had fun with these children, getting to know them and having much play time, however I felt as though our time was needed in other projects more. The country of Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful, and there is more than enough to see! Arenal volcano at La Fortuna is a must see! And last but not least the home stay. Home stay is definitely the best way to experience the culture, learn the language and have a family away from home. Having both positive and negative experiences with home stays, will not change my perspective on how important a home stay is. In San Ramon, we stayed with the most wonderful lady I have ever met!

If you get a chance to go to San Ramon, ask to stay with Dona Nidia, she made our experience 100 times better!

In our second home stay, we did not feel as welcomed, there were many negative aspects about the stay, but we made the best of it and enjoyed the country itself. When this trip came to an end, it was a bitter sweet feeling. After being away from home and the North American culture for over 2 months, you learn to appreciate the little things you take for granted.

Honestly from the bottom of my heart this is an experience I would relive in a heartbeat!

If you are having any doubts, drop them and get out there and volunteer because it was one of the best experiences and choices I have every made! I want to thank uVolunteer for making us feel so comfortable, and safe during our day in Costa Rica, and a special thank you to our host families for putting up with us over the course of the trip! I will miss costa rica, everyone i have met and the experience so much!

By Tanya Leclerc

At the end of my program, I left this report for uVolunteer. I hope it helps future volunteers have a good understanding of the uVolunteer program. I've also allowed uVolunteer to give out my email address to those interested in asking me questions about my trip and the uVolunteer program.

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