Friday, June 25, 2010

Satisfied Feeling at the End of Tour

During a student travel trip I experienced one of those feelings of accomplishment after a group left in June of 2010. Our company which is a small family run operation started a project in a rural village where we bring student groups to the village for two days. The village is called Sitio de Mata and is located in the Turrialba area next to the world famous Pacuare River. The village is made up of mostly single mother homes and very simple living conditions. There is very little work in the area. River rafting and agriculture are two of the main sources of income but dealing with homes of single moms their river rafting skills are a bit out of the question and agriculture working in the fields is very intense work and only happens during seasons. To put it simple the ladies and their families live extremely simple. We take our student groups to Sitio de Mata where they give us room and board. They also include local and culture activities treating us with 5-star service at a bit more humble environment. The views and scenery in the area are some of the best around and this experience can be apart of a family vacation to Costa Rica also.
The feeling I experienced happened when a student group was leaving for the airport on the last day. I always ask the students what their favorite part of the trip was. Many students resond ziplining, rafting, and even the homestays experience is the favorite among many. I have heard many students say that which is a good feeling inside. The answer I had not heard yet was from a father who said his favorite part of the trip was being able to watch his daughter see the families of the village living very simple by very happy. He said she was turning 16 and talking about which car she was going to get a week before and to visit this village and see some of the mom’s walk 2 km with a baby every morning really put things in perspective. He mentioned this was an experience that he would have never been able to show her daughter without taking her on a student travel trips to Costa Rica with Costa Rican Resource.
If you are interested in making this two day village homestay part of your itinerary then just let us know and we will include it in your family vacation to Costa Rica.

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