We went to the mountains of Costa Rica and learned about the environmental restoration of the Sola group and the water system. We gave back by hiking through the forest and clearing out specific areas of the forest around growing trees. This allows the trees to mature without being suffocated by other plants in the soil. Additionally, we planted one tree near the entrance of the trail. Lastly, we gave trees to the group for them to plant.
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We visited an elementary school in San Joaquin de Flores, meeting with students in their classrooms and sparking conversations about the importance of recycling. We were able to help these students value recycling and the impact that it had. We observed a servant leader in the community, Dona Deisy, and learned many things about the environment and leadership from her. She showed us the importance of dedication and remaining ethical. She also showed us how to break down and sort recycling to maximize space. We were able to observe the impact one individual can have on an entire community, using nothing but her knowledge and drive.