Finally, it’s official. I am flying to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica on the 11th of December, 2011.
I am going to a place called Cartago, 25kms from the capital, San Juan to volunteer for two weeks with Cross Cultural Solutions. This trip has been on my radar for quite some time but owing to time pressure and monetary constraints, I have been constantly postponing it until now. About a month back, I was researching for something on the internet and one thing led to another, and before I even realised it, I had searched every nook and corner of the site for a suitable volunteer opportunity.
I was specifically searching for something in Latin America and Costa Rica – one of my bucket list countries, was thus a no-brainer for me there. The CCS website has plenty of information about what to expect, costs, risks, schedules and a whole lot of other things. So, zeroing on a decision became much more easier for me. Also, this NYTimes article about the organisation and volunteer travel eased me into my final decision of going to Cartago.
I’ve already booked my place with the initial deposit of £150 to the organisation. I will soon be receiving my starter kit with more information about the trip. I will be there from the 11th of December to the 24th of December. Pity that I’ll be travelling half way around the globe on Christmas Day but one can’t have everything served on a golden platter.
Over the coming months and weeks, I shall be updating this space continuously with more news of my upcoming travel.