Now back in the United States, it is hard to imagine that just a little while ago, Duke and Vanderbilt teamed up to restore a clinic in the tiny beach town of Samara. By the end, our group had completely scraped, cleaned, painted the clinic. We even hung out with local monkeys during their lunch breaks in the mango trees!
Our two months were well spent, as we passed many hours working on the only health facility within a 45 minute radius, learned more about Costa Rican culture, and connecting with community members and other volunteers. One of the lasting memories for all of us came when we came for a final check-in with our non-profit, Crear and saw the finished product. We all reflected on how much of an impact our project will make. Now, as we continue with our college careers, we will always hold Costa Rica close in our memories as a place where team work and culture experience flourished.