Aloha from Rein Project Hawaii ~The first week of the program was incredible. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to…It all began when we arrived in Hilo and we were welcomed with these beautiful flower leis:After getting a good night of sleep, we awoke the next morning and did lots of team building and orientation programming.Our teenagers have made incredible contributions at their service projects.Here’s a glimpse of the work we’ve done so far at our volunteer sites:Summer Fun:Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary:Camp Aloha:We’ve been on some really amazing field trips in the afternoons. Our first field trip was to Akaka Falls:We also took a really cool field trip to Volcanoes National Park, where we saw Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea Volcano ….http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm… and we walked through the Thurston Lava Tube…http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/craterrimtour_tube.htmIn the evenings, we have the unique opportunity to take part in Cultural Immersion Activities. Our cultural kumus (teachers) have been so warm and welcoming.At Cultural Nights, we’ve learned to dance hula:…. how to play konane (hawaiian checkers)… and how to husk a coconutAfter working hard at our projects all week, we flew to Maui for our first weekend resort getaway. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa was our home for the weekend:http://maui.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-maui/index.jsp?nullDuring the weekend, we played in the pool and the ocean…And we went banana boating!!!!What an incredible time it’s been so far on Project Hawaii! Aloha…..
Rein Project Costa Rica has been busy – they are working hard and playing hard!Just in the first week, our Project Costa Rica teenagers have already made an incredible impact impact at their Rein community service projects. Check out what they’ve been doing at their projects: Proyecto Asis Animal Refuge and Rehabilitation Center:At our childrens’ volunteer projects, our teenagers have been working hard cleaning and preparing classrooms, digging and making gardens, helping with beautification projects, repainting playgrounds and jungle gyms, etc. Lots of play time with the children is happening too!! Pictures with the children will follow in upcoming posts. Here are photos from the Orphanage, Day Care Center and Elementary School service projects:In the afternoons, our Project Costa Rica teenagers are busy at their afternoon electives, which include: soccer, art, cooking, yoga, guitar, photography and spanish language. Take a look!Keep up the great work and fun, Project Costa Rica. Catch up with you guys again. ~ Pura Vida ~