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STVM Junior Katie Morber Reflects on Her Volunteer Experience in Costa Rica

Sep 04, 2017

STVM Junior Katie Morber went to Costa Rica this past summer to work as a volunteer with Amigos de las Americas. Amigos is a non-profit organization that offers summer volunteer programs for high school students, giving them the opportunity to immerse in a new culture and improve their Spanish language skills. High School participants design and lead community projects related to public health, children, and environmental sustainability.

Katie stayed in Costa Rica for four weeks where she traveled to different small communities such Alta Mira, San Isidro, Los Vega. She lived in Los Vega with her host mom, dad and their seven year old daughter, Kimberli. Katie, with her Amigos partner and some members of the community, built a playground for the school. They painted swings, a teeter totter, and constructed a dragon out of tires.

Katie reflected on her experience:

“I had an absolutely incredible experience with AMIGOS in Costa Rica. Through my host family and community I learned so much about the world around me. A couple things that have really stuck with me are their appreciation for all the little things in life and their strong devotion in the Catholic faith. I especially loved watching my host parents play guitar and sing for masses at the communities church. Additionally I am so thankful for the bonds I formed with the Ticos, my supervisors, and my fellow AMIGOS participants with whom I talk to everyday. This once in a lifetime opportunity has helped me grow so much and I honestly can't envision my summer having gone any different!” 

Great job, Katie! We are proud of you!