I am excited to see how Costa Rican people, food, culture and lifestyle differ from the United States. By travelling outside of the United States for the first time, I hope to ignite my curiosity for travelling. I was originally interested in this trip because during my sophomore year I participated in Alternative Spring Break with the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians. Our team tutored kids, learned about their history and rebuilt a park. I look forward to having similar interactions with the Costa Rican community by learning about their culture, sustainability methods and participating in service projects. I want to learn more about their family structure and the role of women in Costa Rica. I truly cannot wait to experience the Pura Vida that is Costa Rica!