Volunteer Abroad - Costa Rica, Volunteer Abroad Programs

Travel Lesson #2 Regarding Lip Balm and Eating Termites in Costa Rica

by Janvier Jones, Greenheart Travel Volunteer in Costa Rica

Travel lesson number two; don’t wear lip balm in the rainforest!  I would explain why, but I think you get the idea.

The lip fiasco was one of many very interesting experiences today in Costa Rica.  We got our first glimpse of the project site!  We learned all about when and why it was established, then we met all the animals.  We also met some very interesting people.

The morning crew of volunteers consisted of people passing through who wanted to donate some time to the project before moving on to explore more of Costa Rica.  There was a family of four from San Francisco, a couple of English Texans, and a couple from New York.  In the afternoon, the other volunteers consisted of a group of veterinary students from Texas.   And then, of course, there was the project staff…all very nice!

I also ate a termite…on purpose, not due to my poor cosmetic choice.  I was told the little guy would taste like carrots.  I found that prospect interesting enough to test it out for myself.  It did!  My daughter found a way to be both underwhelmed and mortified by my daring.  That’s a rare talent that seems to be cultivated by many kids her age…all over the world!

Safiya and I took lots of animal pics.  I was also almost mauled by a two-toed sloth.  Luckily, I was able to meander out of his reach before any harm was done.

Living la pura vida!

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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