Lyndon Institute Volunteer Club Serves In Costa Rica

Members of the Lyndon Institute Volunteer Club are pictured with community members on the new floor that they installed in the El Bosque Community Center located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

LYNDON CENTER — Thirteen student members of the Lyndon Institute Volunteer Club spent their April vacation in the town of El Bosque, Costa Rica working to complete a community service project.

The students, who spent almost a full week in Costa Rica, committed several hours a day working to install a new floor in the El Bosque Community Center. Upon its completion, the center will not only serve as a gathering place for residents, but it will also be used for town events, fundraisers, and meetings.

During their free time, the students also had the opportunity to explore the surrounding area to learn about and experience Costa Rican culture, cuisine, bird and wildlife, geography, and more.

Their explorations included visits to La Fortuna Church and town center, La Casona Cultural Center, local hot springs and waterfalls, and a zipline tour of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest with Mt. Arenal Volcano viewable in the distance.

“Over the course of that week, my world was completely changed,” said LI senior Emily Regan. “I was able to do things that I have never done before such as fly in a plane, be out of the country, go on a zipline tour, and I was able to do all of this while also doing something that I love, which is to giving back to a community.”

The LI Volunteer Club, which is advised by Math Teacher Tim Ulrich, has worked to support local organizations in the Lyndon area for the last several years. This year, the students sought to expand their service into the global community, with the mindset of being a traveler and not a tourist. The result was an immersive cultural experience that had a significant, life-changing impact on everyone in the group.

“I am incredibly proud of the work these students accomplished,” stated Ulrich. “They embraced the service in support of the El Bosque community and impressed our program leaders with their diligence, effort, and leadership. They got so much more than just a ‘tourists’ experience on this trip.”

Said LI senior Emily Colby, “This experience was so rewarding. I had expectations in advance of the trip, but it turned out to be far beyond anything that I could have ever expected.”

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