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Pre-Trip Blog

Hi Costa Rica adventurers! Rachel and Cooper here. We are so excited to meet you and get our trip started! We had so much fun (and learned a lot) at staff training and we know we’re going to have an amazing trip. We will be calling families for our pre-trip phone call soon so if you see 847 (Chicago) or 720 (Denver) area code, please answer!

Here’s a little bit about us:

Rachel: Rachel is from Sligo, Ireland and has been leading international trips with students for over a decade across Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Her most recent accomplishment was summiting Africas highest peak Mt.Kilimanjaro with a group of woman – lead by females in the local community.

She loves nature, exploring new cultures and cuisines and having a good old chit chat! She’s recently returned to school to qualify as a Geography and PE teacher and has spent the past semester teaching dance and gymnastics. She can’t wait to get to know each and every student and discover their unique personalities, hobbies and interests. She believes every person’s weirdness makes them the best version of themselves.

Cooper: This is Cooper’s first year as a Bold Earth trip leader, but having spent three amazing summers joining Bold Earth trips he knows, understands and values the culture more than anyone. He is from the Chicago area and is a rising senior at Colgate University where he is studying economics and philosophy. In his free time, Cooper enjoys skiing and hiking amongst other activities. He spent last summer working at a ranch in beautiful Montana which gave him the opportunity to explore Glacier National Park and the Bitterroot Mountains. He cannot wait to see the monkeys in Costa Rica and to learn how to surf in Tamarindo. He is looking forward to sharing another amazing Bold Earth summer with the crew!

Pretty soon we’ll be starting to make our way to Costa Rica, so we may be out of touch for a bit. Remember- we’ll be calling over the next day or two to go over the pre-trip procedures. Check out the Bold Earth website for any info you may need in the meantime! 

Thanks so much for choosing Bold Earth and we CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU!

⁃ Rachel and Cooper

Update: Hey folks! Just a quick reminder to pack extra snacks and layers in case of any baggage delays that your child may come across tomorrow in traveling to Costa Rica. We hope that everything runs smoothly but we also want to make sure that people are prepared and comfortable if they have to spend a few extra hours at the airport. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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