Its hard to believe that tomorrow we are already leaving Costa Rica to go home. In a very short period of time we were able to build relationships and form connections with our host families and the people on the island. Aside from the work that we did, the people of Chira Island really made the experience what it was. While paint may wear away with time, friendships can endure the test of time. I didnt realize how much I would be able to share with my host family in the span of two weeks and was actually thankful that our goodbye this morning was rushed (the mama pig had her babies this morning!)
Although we may all have our differences and slightly different ways of life, it was made apparent on this trip that when it all comes down to it, people are people. No matter where you are in the world we all have the same needs, and even wants. When there are cultural things that seem to separate us, our friends are always there for support.
I have to admit that coming into this trip, the group aspect of it was not something that I was extremely excited about. I am very indepedent and would have been quite content going solo. But really, experiences are best when shared, and we were lucky enough to have a group of amazing individuals who all managed to get along. Every day I was grateful to be a part of a group of such incredible people. We were all there for one another and seemed to balance each other out. Whether sharing sunscreen, mangos, or just simply a hug, I really could not have done it without the group. I am excited to come home with a whole new set of friendships because there are only so many people who understand what it is like to take a sailor shower with a toad on the inside of the shower curtain. I for one am thankful that I have a whole 25 other people who can relate!