Below is a journal entry written by Colette Postaer while traveling in Costa Rica on our middle-school Pura Vida program during the summer of 2015. Her words capture something specific to the RLT experience:
"Three more days left - wow...Sadly, the time is passing as fast as rain and I don't think I'm ready to go back home yet. Or should I say, reality. I've met great people, had amazing experiences, and created memories I couldn't make anywhere else this summer. This place I have been lucky enough to call home for the past ten days has been something special. Something I will never forget. It's just hard to think that something I have been waiting for for months is already coming to an end. Something I have been counting down the days for is already starting to unravel. Yes, I know there's next year and I know that things like this sometimes have to come to an end, but I just wish I had at least one more week to spend in this wonderful place with these wonderful people. That would be a wish come true. I think that things like this don't come around every day, but now that it's here, I never want it to end.
I have had a wonderful time on Pura Vida and have made memories that I can't put into words. On this trip I have laughed, cried, and sweated like never before!
I didn't have to wear clothes that are acceptable to my friends or put on a fake smile to make sure people don't look at me funny. On this trip, I could be me. ME. Not someone that everyone wants me to be. And that makes me feel...good. As weird as that seems, these 2 weeks have simply made me feel good. And I know once I go home, reality will kick in and everything that comes along with it will re-appear: stress, fear, sometimes a little bit of sadness. I'll be ready for it when it comes, but right now feeling good is all I want to do. And Costa Rica has done that for me - I am so thankful. So on that note, thank you Costa Rica, for finally making me feel simply, purely good."
- Colette Postaer, Pura Vida 2015