Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Yukchi Leung

Trip of a Lifetime provided a great chance for me to expand my mind, this
meaningful trip was the best trip in my life. I applied for Trip of a Lifetime
because I wanted to see how big was this world and how other people lived
under different culture.
When I was chosen to be one of the participant I felt really surprised and
excited, I can visit a new country that I didn’t know anything about it. Once I
arrived to the kickoff celebration and looked at the wonderful building, I
knew there was my beginning of this trip. I started packing up before going
to the trip, however, I became very scared because I will meet many new
face and English was my second language. I was bring fear to my trip
destination—Costa Rica.
After we arrived to San Jose, we went on a bus and listened to the rules
from counselors. I remembered one of the rules was trying to be “Pura
Vida” and I had no idea what was that. When we reached the hotel,
counselors picked a roommate for us. I was very lucky because my
roommate was a nice person and we always helped each others. We have
dinner in the hotel and boys are sitting together, we talked a lot and built a
relationship very fast. Our relationship liked brothers, we always played in a
group and I enjoyed the time with them. All my fear before the trip was

disappeared because I got a lot of new friends. They taught me how to live
in United States and pronounced English better. I felt thankful to them
cause I learnt a lot from them. We went to the pool everyday and talked a
lot when we enjoyed the hot spring. I will never forget they taught me how
to dance during the July Fourth celebration party, we were having fun when
we watched the firework and dance.
Beside making new friends, I tried a lot of new things including kayak,
water rafting, surfing. Trying new things explored myself that I can learn
how Costa Rican respect and enjoyed the nature. You can feel the nature is
a treasure from the god, animals were friendly appeared near to us.
Everything in Costa Rica were amazing that I am fell in love with the nature
and felt no pressure there.
“Pura Vida” was the main lifestyle in Costa Rica, it means pure life. Costa
Rican didn’t have any pressure and plan for everyday, they were free to
decide what they were going to do in a day. They try to make everything
become easy and simple. Once I felt Pura Vida was in the Coco Beach, we
went on a ship and sailed for six hours. We are sitting on a chair, holding a
fruit drink and looking at the sky turned blue to red. The wind kept blowing
us and we felt really comfort on the ship. That feeling was priceless cause

we cannot find the same feeling in other country. I can definitely feel their
culture and the way to view life.
Time went very fast, days passed one by one and we ended our twenty-six
days trip in Costa Rica. We were bringing our sad emotion to the airport,
looking at each others last face and saying goodbye to everyone. When I
sat in the airplane and looked out of the window, I started realizing that the
trip was ended, but it means other journey was started. Leaving Costa Rica
become a power for me that to go to Costa Rica again. I would like to visit
Costa Rica in the future.

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."



    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."


    Alphonso

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    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”
    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”

    Selina

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    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    Jennifer

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