Reel Life Adventures had an amazing trip back in Costa Rica! With one of our largest and most diverse groups to date, the 23 member team consisted of young children, high school and college students, a physician, and several business professionals. There were also five father/son and father/ daughter pairs, furthering our consideration for future parent/child trips. Although the team came from a variety of backgrounds, each member shared the common goal of using the week of spring break to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
Due to the size of the group, we decided to split up into two teams in order to maximize our efficiency. Our field partners for the week were Conexión and Christ for the City, both experienced and heavily involved in serving and providing humanitarian aid in poor areas around the city. We spent several days working in some of the poorest areas of Costa Rica, in barrios (districts) called Carpio and Pavos, where the need is extreme.
The Conexión team was able to work at several local schools, serving around 300 students by facilitating recreational games, furthering relationships, and teaching the children. The Christ for the City team was involved in the construction of a new sanctuary for a local church, provided medical attention to the elderly at a nursing home, and visited several families in need to provide support and encouragement. The trip was a huge success as everyone came together, young and old, to lend a hand while having a blast and making a difference!
To cap off a perfect week, we traveled to Quepos and chartered 3 boats with Jamie Walker and the talented crew at Frenzy Sport Fishing out of Marin Pez Vela.
The folks at Frenzy are consistent tournament winners, and our team was excited to fish with such a skilled team. It didn’t take long for the day to start with a bang, as 10 year old Kirk Kirkland of Fairhope, AL released his very first blue marlin only a few minutes after lines went out. We ended up releasing 5 more sailfish by the end of the day, and met back up with the others who opted to spend the day zip-lining and horseback riding at Manuel Antonio.
It was definitely the perfect way to cap off a great week!by Parker Stephen