This summer Bodhi Surf had the opportunity to work alongside Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). The organization, a division of Terra Education, has the mission to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. GLA works with high school students who are enthusiastic, inspired to serve others, excited to develop as global leaders, passionate about global issues, and interested to live abroad and learn about another culture. The students in GLA’s program Protecting the Pacific are serious Ocean Guardians!
Protecting the Pacific
The 14-day program engages students with important marine and terrestrial ecosystems through hands-on educational tours. Students visit Corcovado National Park via boat, kayak the wetlands of Terraba-Sierpe, learn to surf in the Marino Ballena National Park, and receive workshops from local community leaders, amongst other fun nature-based activities. In addition to the fun, yet serious, adventures, students help community members build solutions to challenging issues. One issue the community of Bahia Ballena has is grey water runoff, which often times finds its way into the ocean and thus poses a threat to our local marine ecosystem. One of many solutions to grey water runoff is to build bio-gardens. In broad terms, the bio-gardens receive wastewater from wash-hand basins, kitchen sinks, showers, etc. and help to filter out and cleanse the water so it can be reused. During the summer months students participating in the Protecting the Pacific program helped remodel one bio-garden and build two additional gardens. But that isn’t the only community service they did. The students were also active in:
- creating community signs with positive messages
- sweeping trash clean ups in the community and at the beach
- geospatial trash mapping
- contributed to the completion of an elevated school greenhouse garden
Students Commit To The Ocean Guardian Pledge
Almost by default, students participating in this summer program are Ocean Guardians. Their actions and hard work this summer speak louder than any words or pledge, but we are proud to know that many of them took an extra step and signed the Ocean Guardian Pledge and made personal commitments to execute specific actions. These young leaders will change the status quo and we are honored to be a part of their transformation. Bodhi Surf thanks all the students for participating in this excellent teen travel program and for becoming Bodhi Surf’s August 2013 Ocean Guardians!