The wonderful Daisy Rojas, the cultural coordinator of NSA, organizes trips to La Feria de Agricultor for our students. They are packed with fun, cultural immersion, and education! Students love to look around, interact with the locals and practice their Spanish. For many of them, it's their favorite part of the week!
"The Milieu" Newsletter Article by K.M.
Anticipation was heavy in the air the morning after Thanksgiving as a group of seven students and three staff loaded themselves into a blue Hyundai van parked outside the dining hall. With two stacks of surfboards strapped on top and several boogie boards nestled inside, they set off, reggae music flowing freely. Their destination: warm sand, swaying palm trees, rolling waves and a long weekend of relaxed fun at El Hotel Pelicano. Hotel Pelicano is located in Puntarenas, about thirty minutes outside of Jaco. The main office and restaurant sat directly on the beach of Esterillos Este, giving a clear and dazzling view of the ocean at all times, perfect for surfers.
Upon arrival, the group quickly unloaded the van of luggage and surfboards, set their stuff down in their rooms, and then donned sun- screen and rash guards and dashed into the waves with boards in hand. The waves weren't perfect, but eve- rybody in the group managed to catch one and stand up.
Surfing is a big part of the culture at NSA, with surf club consist- ently ranking as the most popular club with the most members in- volved. Normally, the club gets to hit the beach once every few weeks, so the opportunity for three days straight was exciting for many students.
"Having the chance to surf for three days straight made me grow stronger with my homies, and I had a really good time," Charlie said. "It was also great not having to wait two weeks to craft the art of surfing."
Staff were also very excited for the weekend. Kelly, a therapist at NSA, took up surfing soon after she moved to Costa Rica, and she con- siders it to be one of her favorite activities here. "It really keeps me focused, and it's a great lesson in humility." Kelly said.
On the second day at Esterillos Este, the group woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. and was in the water by 5:30 a.m., surfing under the pink and gold light of the sunrise. Many said this was their favorite time they spent in the water. (Click "Read More"...)