Hello, my name is Indigo and I went on the 2016 Lincoln Costa Rica trip. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado. I chose to go on the trip because I thought (correctly) that it would change what I think about the world around me. This trip is definitely going to be one of my highlights in life to look back at and recall some of my best memories. One of those memories is when we were assigned different parts of a mural to paint at a school. I worked on painting a boy's head on the wall. The mural was to send the message that bullying is not cool. After we finished the mural, some of the kids had recess and we got to play soccer and duck, duck, goose with them. When we were back on the bus, I thought to myself, “Dang, these kids are a lot like people in our country.” Then I thought, “We are really all the same in this world, why don’t we treat everyone the same?” That has been driving me to try to be more open and kind to other people that I do not know or are from somewhere unfamiliar.
Another part of the trip that also made me think were the days where we went to the plantations. The one that stuck out to me was the coffee plantation. It was really close to the place we were staying. The first thing we did was listen to a native speak about coffee and how to produce it. After that we had a little tour of the plantation. We learned that their coffee is all natural, they use no pesticides, and shade the plants with other plants so that the coffee is rich and smooth. The land that they own was given to them by a group of Americans that raised money for people in other places that needed income. I thought that that was very interesting. This was a big part of my trip because it shed new light on other cultures and how they are adapting themselves to new processes for their needs.
Lastly, the people that we met were very kind and considerate to us. It is part of the Costa Rican culture to be very hospitable, even to people you may not know. They abolished their army in 1948. They are a very peaceful culture, and I look forward to going there again, maybe with my family. The Costa Rica trip is going to change my life forever and ever. THANK YOU so much for helping us get there.