The Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar empowers FFA leaders by providing them with a global perspective. Through this experience, participants from across the country gain knowledge by visiting farms and agribusinesses. Participants eligible include all American Star Award finalists and one national finalist from each proficiency area. The 2013 experience takes attendees throughout Costa Rica from June 12-20. Each day, different participants report back home with a blog post about their experiences
After arriving in San José from Miami in the early afternoon, the FFA members checked in to a hotel and then took a guided sightseeing tour of San José—Costa Rica’s capital.
Hello from Costa Rica, day uno!
Of course, today was our first day in this neat little country, and we have seen so much already. We had an early start in Miami, from which we hurried to the airport on buses divided in our organized teams, checked in, made our way through security slowly but surely, and it wasn’t long before we were in the air.
Before we knew it, we were descending into a mountainous, green, and mysterious little country we have all been excited to see since October. Of course, one of the first things I personally noticed is the language. Hopefully we can remember at least some simple phrases from those high school Spanish classes we took years ago. Many of us are having quite an amusing time translating and attempting to speak with the ticos (“Costa Ricans”).
After arriving at our hotel, we were off with our tour guides, Jenny and Gustavo, as they showed us around the general areas of San Jose. We then stopped at what they called a typical middle class marketplace, a whirlwind of interesting sights! There were, of course, food shops full of raw meats, fruits that hardly any of us had seen, and cereal–yay Fruit Loops! One of our group members even experienced bargaining–how interesting! Continue reading