Year of Service in Costa Rica: The Society/TNE
We've had an incredible year of service in Costa Rica through our True Nature Costa Rica Service and Adventure Programs in partnership with national leadership organization, The National Society of Leadership and Success. We just wrapped up our 4th outstanding group of students last week representing "The Society" from chapters across the country, participating in global service missions in Costa Rica over Spring and Summer school breaks.
The Society/TNE programs bridge the two organizations' shared mission to bridge the international community through service. With True Nature Education's focus on mindful travel through service work on both the land and local communities throughout Costa Rica, Society members can expand on their dedication to the greater good of communities and become true leaders abroad.
From our March trip, Kathryn Hima of Stratford, Connecticut:
"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."
Following the June program, Candice Wroblewski of Michigan shared that she had:
"A truly amazing, eye-opening experience. You get a taste of Costa Rica that cannot be duplicated. You get to see how the Costa Rican people live as well as the rainforest and nature. I will remember this trip and these people forever. The guides were incredible and you can tell that they genuinely want you to enjoy yourself. The trip and the friendships made are priceless. ¡I love Costa Rica! ¡Pura Vida!"
Our second incredible summer program, which took place in July, can be summed up in Tim Wilson's description:
"It is amazing to see people from all over the country come together for one week and have so many new experiences and help so many people of foreign country. Unforgettable."
Our final trip of the year wrapped up with our December program with another great group of students dedicating their Winter Break to service. Kendra Hopkins of Greensboro, NC, told us that:
"While on this trip I have found myself doing things I have never done before and accomplishing a lot. I have meet some of the most incredible individuals the States have to offer. I am beyond grateful for this experience!"