Charlotte: How can I even begin to describe my youth exchange?


If someone gave me the chance I could write a book on my experiences.

Over a month ago we arrived back in Scotland after the most spectacular trip of my life. The night before when I was packing my final things thousands of thoughts and emotions rushed through my head. I remember myself google searching ‘Costa Rica’ to try and get an image in my head of what I was going to see in the next few days.

I must admit I was shaking when I stepped onto the massive Thomson airways dreamliner plane, because I knew there was no going back and all this preparation and days of waiting for this moment was finally here.

After 10 hours of not talking to anyone and a long flight I can tell you I was ready to talk for a lifetime!

Stepping out of Liberia airport the heat hit you like tun of bricks, I have experienced hot weather before but nothing compared to the humidity of Costa Rica. I remember looking around the group and we were already wanting water and starting to sweat.

The first night was mind blowing. I never imagined myself swimming in the pacific ocean in Costa Rica at the age of 16. It honestly felt like a dream and I can’t believe I had the opportunity to do something so amazing.

Driving up to Boruca for the first time was definitely an experience. The track was awful, and it seemed like Jamie was trying to go in every pot hole instead of trying to avoid them haha! (only joking) After a very bumpy ride, and many times hitting your head of the top of the car we arrived in Boruca, and after the first introductions from everyone, we all started to mix as much as we could.

I spent most of my time in Boruca, with Jonathan, Hallie and Catherine, and I couldn’t of asked for a better three people to share the new cultures and experiences with. There were many people in the Boruca and Portuguese group that stood out to me as very warm hearted people who would do anything to help you and share there community with you.

There were also many challenges during this trip that I had to over come such as the language barrier which proved a big problem but we worked hard and with the help of great translators we managed to communicate with others. Another massive barrier for me was the bugs, and I definitely experienced many bugs, and they always seemed to come to where I was. A story that will stick with me for life and I will always laugh about was when I ran out of my room and shouted to everyone “theres a massive gecco and spider in my room” and no one believed me until they saw it with there own eyes. Another challenge for many was the heat, there were days when people weren’t in the best of moods, or they weren’t feeling themselves but we all respected that and got through the day. Despite these challenges I know I came out of this exchange as a much stronger and more independent person, and guess what I survived the traumatic spider that was in my bathroom and if I can do that anyone can do anything.

It has proved to be a challenge to me to choose my favourite part about the youth exchange, because in my opinion every part about my trip was absolutely incredible. But i’ve come to a decision and I would say the favourite and most enjoyable part of my trip would have to be the zip wire. I chose this because it was just as crazy as me, and it was definitely the best thing I have ever done and I am very proud of myself and the rest of the group for putting their fears behind them and making each moment of the trip count.

As we drove up what seemed like the steepest, most bumpiest and unsafe road (well i don’t think i can even call it that) I have ever seen, I must admit my heart was racing. Sat on that open mini bus, looking down, 100 thoughts were racing through my head and the question that stood out is what am I doing? What have I let myself in for? Why did I agree to this? but, strangely enough going 65mph racing Andrew through the air in Costa Rica was absolutely insane. Experiencing the incredible views from that high was amazing and it was the only time I felt some air on my checks.

Don’t get me wrong I have so much more I wanted to talk about like my amazing experience playing the pipes to Costa Rica and all the people, it was a pleasure for me to share one of my favourite things with them, and it made me so happy knowing how much they appreciated it.

Also the lovely food we experienced…. and all the amazing things we did in the villages like teaching the dancing, meeting and make all the amazing new fiends, visiting the cloud forrest, raves in the car etc.

I know I have made friendships for life and I will keep in contact with as many people as I can. I have always wanted to travel since I was a young girl, and I will make it one of my missions to go back to Costa Rica and visit portugal when I leave school!

I must admit me and the other Scottish youth exchange members weren’t very close before we went on this trip and I thought to myself many times what it was going to be like spending 2 weeks, working closely with these people. But I have to say I am so glad we all got chosen, because by the end of the trip I can definitely call them my best friends and I hope we will stay friends for life. They are the kindest, funniest and most light hearted people I know and they were a pleasure to spend time with so thank you guys!

In this post I also what to say a massive thank you to everyone that was involved in the organisation of the trip because it honestly meant the world to me. Thank you Jamie and Karan for being the best leaders I could of ever asked for and thank you John and Catherine for being so so amazing too. I know the trip would never had been as fun and enjoyable without you guys!

Lets bring on the next part of this trip and make the experience for the Costa Rican’s the best experience of their lives just as they made it for us! I know the Isle of Skye will blow their minds away, because the island I live on is spectacular and extremely unique and historical that I’m sure they will love to find out more about it!

Thank you once again from me, for making my youth exchange the best thing I have ever done, it truly was life changing and it will be in my heart forever!

I told you I could talk forever about my trip but I better stop now! But one message I want to send out to people reading my blog is, to take each day and cherish it, live your life to the full and if you get the experience to go on a youth ecvhange work as hard as you can and jump at the chance because I know it will be the best thing you will EVER do! Keep smiling and be friendly and you will go far in life!!!

#bbbbanter #garrrryyyyy #JonaThan #Cat #DJ Hallie #Chatherine #Mairead #Andy #riceandbeans #COSTARICA #youthexchange2017

B ‘e Costa rica an turas fad beatha. bho bhith a ‘snàmh anns a’ chuan, airson coiseachd tron ​​choille nead, thug Costa Rica seachad an t-eòlas as fheàrr air mo bheatha. bha na daoine uabhasach càirdeil, blàth leam agus aoigheil agus tha mi air uiread càirdeas ùr a dhèanamh a nì mi airson beatha. Chan urrainn dhomh feitheamh airson a ‘chòrr den iomlaid òigridh agus airson nan Costa Rican airson tadhal air an Eilean Sgitheanach.


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