Today we had the priviledge of being welcomed into the home of a Costa Rican family. Not only did they share their way of life with us – from pineapple harvesting and cultivating, to farmwork with cows, to making cheese, to planting trees to help their sustainability efforts. We met members of the entire family during this process, which allowed us to experience the culture in a way we did not anticipate. The family even treated us to a homemade lunch, which was unexplainably delicious!
While there, we were able to meet with the principal of their school. There are around 50 children in their school. Our students met with a few of the local children, and were able to hand them school supplies for which they were extremely grateful. The principal said this means so much to them. We watched intently as the children looked through the supplies that we had provided, and then we experienced a truly heartwarming thing: one of the local girls asked us in Spanish if she could open her bag of supplies to see what she had received. Her face beamed! At that moment, our students were interacting with the family and the children – some of our students were even speaking Spanish.
As we left, the family expressed their sincerest thanks for our visit, reiterating that they not only appreciated the school supplies but also the chance to host us as it truly impacts their lives. WOW.