Seize the Opportunity and Travel with Purpose. A Personal Account on a Service Leadership Trip with NSLS
The National Society of Leadership and Success partners with True Nature Education to bring one of a kind service leadership programs to life in Costa Rica. Each week long excursion has a totally unique group of amazing student leaders who experience moments that truly shape their lives. This past trip was no exception. One of the participants, Joshua, shared with us how the True Nature Education adventure shifted his perspective and paved way for a remarkable future!
I wanted to share how rewarding I thought this experience has been for me. Being the first time I’ve been out of the country, and really the first time I felt independent from family and friends back at home, my perspective on life changed dramatically. I honestly can’t remember the last time I cried more than I had the day we were leaving, from the bus ride, to the airplane flight, and when I got home. I cried because of how much of an impact this journey was for me. And not only do I think that traveling abroad to experience the tourism spots and beautiful sceneries is spectacular, I feel it’s just as phenomenal to work hard to help families and projects to make a difference. I’m thankful for the tour guides and friends I’ve made as these connections and memories will last a lifetime, as well as for TNE to host this experience for students like you and me. I want to travel more, and I want to continue to make a difference. I want to keep seizing these opportunities, however they’re presented, and I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned back to my university and make as much of a difference as I can. Costa Rica will forever be the place that made me who I am today, and who I’ll strive to be. Pura vida!
Joshua attends Rutgers University, majoring in Astrophysics, graduating in 2017. If you would like to join a NSLS and TNE Costa Rica service and leadership program check out our website here! Registration is open and spaces are limited.
It is so easy to get caught up in the same routine every day. Thank you for this trip, True Nature Education, and the re-start I needed in my life.
The group is incredible... they have open minds and open hearts. Love every single one of them... such a joyous adventure Peace!
When I signed up for this trip I had no idea how life changing it would be. I have pushed myself, met amazing people, made strong connections, and found some answers within myself I wasn’t expecting to address on this trip. I can’t put a price on this experience. No matter where I go, I will continue to nurture state of mind from this trip so I can be at peace anywhere.
-Sean MacLennan, Illinois, 2013-
The Society / True Nature Education program was a great experience, especially for someone for the first time out of the country and on your own. In this program you really get to experience the culture while giving back too. I truly enjoyed my time in the program and would love to do it again!
The culture here is amazing. I feel so welcomed here I am so fortunate to be here. I could wish everyone could experience what I´m experiencing right now. Not only is the food amazing here, the people I´m with are amazing too! I miss my family, though...Oh well Pura vida!
I have never felt so empowered in my life. This trip has cleared my mind and opened my hear to receive more love, joy, and energy in my life. I feel so revived and so renewed. I plan on taking this momentum and energy back to the states to improve my wellbeing, my relationships, and my community. I have loved the people I have met here and the memories I have made here which I will cherish forever.
“Dream big, live bigger, and never stop exploring!”
The trip was truly amazing. A life changing experience for me that I will always remember...It was really special to connect with the youth in foreign country...not speaking the same language by understanding the common language of service and play.
The True Nature community of such beautiful souls, supporting one another in times of great joy and moments of need, is a great departure from many of my day-to-day experiences and encourages me to give more and to also allow myself to receive.
Best word for the trip is: AMAZING! Surfing was the best. Freakin´ awesome...
There are no words to describe how beautiful everything is. Costa Rica takes my breath away. I was surrounded by life and felt closer to the Earth than I have ever felt before. More than that True Nature and everyone has been so supportive. I have never felt so unselfconscious.
The La Fortuna Waterfall was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
Seeing something so powerful makes you appreciate everything we touch, smell, feel, and taste. I loved this trip and would have not done anything differently!
The program exceeded my expectations. I was just hoping to chill in a beautiful place with some cool people and take some yoga, but what I experienced instead was transformation and deep, deep connection. I have never felt so connected to myself and my surroundings. Your leaders created such a safe and sacred space. I can’t thank True Nature Education enough!
So much time to experience Costa Rica’s Nature and and abundance of activities through True Nature Education’s programs. An experience to escape the “Real World” to Climb on a cloud and drift away, swim in the ocean and ride a wave.”
This is the best and most relaxing week I've ever had. I loved the whole thing and I feel like I´m making a difference when doing service work.
-Theresa Van Cauwenbergh-
I am forever grateful and forever changed. I truly found myself here...who I want to be. I am happy, content, and a completely new person. Thank you so much True Nature and the Society! I could have never felt this way without you and for that I am forever indebted.
I believe coming on this trip took me out of my comfort zone, no actually, it expanded my comfort zone. I feel I am a changed person now and that I am able to to see and experience the beauty of Planet Earth. I will take the memories or Costa Rica with me as I keep on with my journey of life.
It was really incredible to bring our community from Asheville to Costa Rica, blending with rural communities in a such a drastically different environment. We learned so much about ourselves, our community, and the world.
-Linda Siegall, Coordinator of the Young Adults Program (YAP) at Jubilee-
My True Nature Education retreat was a self and life transformational experience...