Working with Dona Deisy and the Kinder Estados Unidos de America Recycling Program was an experience I will remember forever. Dona Deisy is truly a beautiful individual who cares so much for her community. She and another teacher worked and educated 4 and 5 year olds the importance of recycling and earned the school the honor of being a Blue Flag school. The students were taught through games and activities what recycling is and what items can be recycled. Going into each classroom and listening to the students share what items they brought to school to be recycled was amazing to know that they are being taught how to preserve for the ecosystem at such a young age. Working as a team we categorized items into individual bags and had them sent off to Dona Deisys house. Recycling was something I began to do once I left to The University of Texas but after learning that 4 and 5 year olds were able to teach their parents and influence them to recycle really gave me that confidence to develop a recycling system at home. After hearing how long these items take to decompose was eye opening in how we really need to recycle and do good for the community.
Working alongside the API Institute Staff and my class mates at the Asociacion Administradora Acueducto Carrizal was an eye opening experience to understanding the Water system and how it gets dispersed to homes in the surrounding areas. I really appreciated the way they use natural spring water and how important the environment is. I have begun to preserve the water in my home and I am now cautious of how much I use. Through this experience I now use a re-useable water bottle over plastic water bottles. At the orientation we learned that a small fraction of water flows into a river and that water is then used for energy sources. I enjoyed learning about how this water systems works for this area in Costa Rica and how good it is for the community. We then were able to hike up to a hollow area where small plants are in the process of growing into long beautiful trees. As a team we pulled out weeds covering the trees, and it truly was eye opening. I did not know that vines growing around the stem can not allow oxygen supply to the tree which will cause it to die and not grow. I really appreciated the will they had to plant trees for the area being a source for wildlife. It was all very beautiful to walk through as well. Planting trees and managing a garden in my home is a goal of mine. I have reflected on the importance of doing good for the community and how it will bring good. I am hopeful to be more mindful of how I use water at home and to plant more trees at home.