After a week-long break, we returned to the center feeling refreshed and ready to continue on with the last few weeks of our semester. On Friday we began our Direct Research preparations with a day of statistics classes. Saturday we had the opportunity to participate in community outreach. Over the course of the semester, our outreach activities have included a language exchange with local students, a day-long stay with a local family, sports with the neighbors, and volunteer hours at a recycling center in central Atenas and the university, as well as at a turtle rescue center. These hours have allowed us to further connect with the local community of Atenas, practice our language skills, observe local culture, and give our time back to the community that has so kindly been hosting us.
On Saturday the Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica came to visit us at the SFS Center for Sustainable Development for a morning of games, activities, and learning. After a few icebreakers, we were ready to start our activities. Together both groups of students planted seedlings for the scouts to take home, played games on the soccer field, and explored the farm, meeting Clara the cow, Lily the goat, and the pigs, and collecting eggs from the chickens. We ended the day with coconut bread and freshly squeezed juice. This community outreach was tons of fun and a great opportunity to meet, teach, and learn from a group of young students living in Atenas.
Scouts with their new chicken friends.
José with the eggs we collected.
Clara welcomes the scouts to the farm!