Costa Rica ’17, Pre-Trip Thoughts

By Cam Baker, 11th Grader, Menlo-Atherton High School

Coming from a community as fortunate as mine, I cannot help but feel as if my blessings as well as my tight-knit and supportive family have blinded my outlook on the rest of the world. It is for this reason that I reached out to Matt Bond, my high school lacrosse coach after hearing about his annual service trip to Costa Rica. Costa Rica in particular perked my interest due to the vast cultural differences compared to the United States. I hope to not only gain a deeper understanding of the lives of people outside the United States, but also do my best to improve their lives by dedicating my time and care, one person at a time. As I have matured, I’ve realized my interest in playing, entertaining, and teaching young kids. So, I would have to say that I am most excited for the games and competitions Chris diSibio and I have been planning. In all, I have no doubt in my mind that this trip will change me and hopefully clarify my point of view when it comes to life outside the United States.