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Costa Rica Day 9

Yesterday the group had to say goodbye to their individual host families. They came back together for a long yet exciting day. The kids got a break from the more serious talks about the pillars of GYLI and had some fun white water rafting! After the day of rafting, you would think the kids were…
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July 19, 2017 0

Days 5-8 Homestay

Since 2005 GYLI has partnered with EARTH University and the La Argentina Community near EARTH to provide a 4 day homestay experience.  This is always one of the students’ and adults’ highlight of the Costa Rica experience. To be welcomed into someone’s home and to learn from them over a few days is a very…
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July 17, 2017 0

Costa Rica Day 2-4

Our Costa Rica group is enjoying their stay thus far while also learning a lot about environmental sustainability and the Costa Rican culture. Day 3, their first day at EARTH University began with a tour of their large campus and some intro to the community. They also began to work on their knowledge of multicultural…
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July 14, 2017 0

Day 1 in Costa Rica!

Hola a todos! The group is together at United World College in San Jose and they are leading off the trip not just with some ice breakers and games to get to know the group, but also some stretching. They are very excited to begin an amazing journey in such a beautiful place. Here are…
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July 11, 2017 0

Year 3 2017 Blog: Welcome Post

We are very excited to start our year 3 program in Costa Rica this month, July 10-20! Keep watching this page for daily blog updates from the students and teachers. Below is a sneak peek of what the group will enjoy on their journey! Day 1 – Arrive at San Jose, Costa Rica, bus to…
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July 6, 2017 0

From EARTH University to UWC

Buenos dias! Today, we travel from EARTH University back to United World College for our final full day. We have had an amazing time! Students returned from homestays with so many exciting stories and new Spanish skills. We went white water rafting and enjoyed a multicultural celebration last night. It was a busy but exciting…
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July 21, 2016 0

Homestays Continue!

Students are enjoying their homestay experiences and have almost completed their short time in the nearby community. They will be returning to the EARTH University campus tomorrow after white water rafting in the morning. We are looking forward to hearing their great stories and enjoying our last few days here!


July 19, 2016 0

Homestays have begun!

Students were placed in their homestays yesterday and will be staying until Wednesday. They were all smiles as they greeted their host families and received a tour of the local farms. Some projects that the students are engaged in include gardening, milking cows, painting garden signs, playing soccer with friends and family, and generally participating…
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July 17, 2016 0

Day 4 Costa Rica!

Bugs and Bananas! Walking through the rain-forest getting bitten, seeing wildlife, and meeting new people.  Today we visited a banana facility that supplies organic bananas to Whole Foods grocery stores in the US. Seeing the banana packing facility and learning the process was interesting but it is obviously hard work!  This experience made us feel very…
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July 15, 2016 0

Day 3 in Costa Rica

Hey guys! West Watch here. This morning, some of us woke up very early to go play futbol. At around 8 in the morning, we all met in the cafeteria to have some breakfast which included pancakes, rice, salsa, fruit, and eggs. After breakfast, we packed our bags, and prepared to leave for EARTH University. We…
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July 14, 2016 0