Year 3 – Day 6-8!
We spent the last two days visiting the students and chaperones at their respective homestays. While each homestay is special in its own way, we were pleased to find a common thread among them all— the students were having an absolute blast! Everyone was quick to share stories about life on the farm as soon as we arrived, from wrangling horses and milking cows to learning how to send a telegram and roasting coffee beans, each homestay offered a unique look into the everyday life of Costa Rican farmers and ranchers.
Some of the homestays are located within walking distance of a river, and most participants took full advantage. We joined a few groups of students, taking a dip in the cool water to combat the heat and humidity. Another aspect of the homestay experience that was shared among student groups was the constant availability of food. Traveling from one homestay to the next, we were greeted with breakfast, coffee, snacks, lunch, more coffee, dinner, and on and on. One homestay mother told us “estoy aqui para servirle”— “we are here to serve you”. The families welcoming us into their homes are overjoyed to share their lives with us, including their local delicacies.