Final Days in Monte Verde
We have spent the last week of our trip in Monte Verde where the CIEE Costa Rica Headquarters is. Being in Monte Verde has brought our experience full circle and we have been able to spend time with all of our instructors along the way. Here are a few highlights from our week. We learned about ecotourism and than went zip lining. Everyone went and it was an absolute blast! We met Doña Hermida who is a female coffee farmer. Here we learned about agriculture and coffee production. She lives almost completely off her land and supports her family with coffee sales. We had an amazing morning with her and drank lots of delicious, fresh, organic coffee.
We explored the local forest reserves which included the cloud forest and the children's eternal rainforest. We also went on a night frog tour. At they locations we revisited the importance of biodiversity and learned about conservation. We're all leaving with a special place in our hearts for the rainforest.
We visited a local women's artisan co-op and visited a local private high school called the Cloud Forest School. Here we met two local high school girls who gave us a tour, shared their stories, and than brought us to climb a giant fig tree. The school is a Spanish-English immersion school so the students receive half their classes in each language. It also focuses on environmental education. We really enjoyed hanging out with the local girls.
We also participated in dancing class to learn salsa and had a cooking class with a local women and her daughter. These experiences just scratch the surface of all the amazing things we've done here in Monte Verde and in Costa Rica as a whole. We will be flying back to the states tomorrow. We are all so sad to leave such an incredible place but we're walking away with friends we'll have for a lifetime and memories that can never be forgotten. Gracias to CIEE and the people of Costa Rica for their hospitality. Hasta Leugo, until next time.