Blyth Academy March Break Travel Journal

Below are the stories and experiences of Blyth Academy March break students participating in community service abroad.

Peru: Perfect Last Day

Peru: Perfect Last Day

A Perfect Last Day Good afternoon friends and family! What a day we had yesterday. Everything was just perfect. To start, our 4:30 am wake up call for Machu Picchu wasn’t as terrifying as we thought it would be (YAY!). We energized ourselves with the...

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Costa Rica: Final Day!

Costa Rica: Final Day!

Final Day! Our last day was as full as every one before. We woke up bright and early and had another delicious breakfast of fresh fruits (how we’ll miss them!) and coffee (they’ll be bringing you bags!) and eggs and potatoes (Happy St. Patrick’s day!). We...

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Peru: Aguas Calientes

Peru: Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes Here we are in Aguas Calientes, the energized, colourful, and bustling gateway to Machu Picchu. You can hear the roaring waters of the Urubamba River from every square foot, and see the thousands of locals and tourists mixing as one. The...

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Costa Rica: Volunteering at Lorena

Costa Rica: Volunteering at Lorena

Volunteering at Lorena! You guessed it: it was an amazing day! We woke up for another late breakfast at 8 am before we left at 9 am from the high mountains of Monteverde to the long stretching beaches of Playas del Coco. Although we were sad to leave the...

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Peru: Helping Hands Mission Complete!

Peru: Helping Hands Mission Complete!

Helping Hands: Mission Complete! On Thursday, we gobbled down breakfast before heading off to Helping Hands for our penultimate day of volunteering. There, we continued our English and Art lessons with the four and five-year-olds and continued making new...

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Costa Rica: Volunteering at Life Monteverde

Costa Rica: Volunteering at Life Monteverde

Volunteering at Life Monteverde Hola familia! As you might remember yesterday, the students got to enjoy a late breakfast at 8 am! Our day started off with them getting to choose their favourite of 4 options for breakfast: all delicious! They even had a...

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Peru: Another Day in Paradise!

Peru: Another Day in Paradise!

Another day in paradise! After waking early for breakfast, Luis arrived at our hotel to chauffeur us to our volunteer placement at Helping Hands Cusco, our local community school. There, we had an opportunity to build upon some of our lessons from...

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Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Night Hike

Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Night Hike

Arenal Volcano & Night Hike We woke up at 4:30 am and most of us have not slept since! HOW are we still in such high spirits?! Because today was incredible! Just over half the group joined me, Kyle and Kat at to hike up to the vantage point up the volcano...

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Peru: First Day of Volunteering

Peru: First Day of Volunteering

Our First Day of Volunteering Hello friends and family, Here we are on Day 2, living like the locals that we have quickly become! We woke up after a very well-deserved deep sleep, to a lovely breakfast buffet prepared by Siete Ventanas Hotel. Fresh juices,...

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Costa Rica: Another Jam Packed Day

Costa Rica: Another Jam Packed Day

Surprise surprise, another jam-packed day! Waterslides, zip lining, pools, a butterfly conservatory, hot springs and an incredible buffet, oh my! Our zip liners were down at breakfast by 7:15 am to leave by 8 am: luckily the weather cleared up JUST in time for us to start.

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Good morning from Peru!

Good morning from Peru!

Good morning from Peru! We are having a lovely time in Cusco and we have done SO much just in one day! Day 1 of our program was filled with a Cusco walking tour and a stroll through San Pedro Market, where you can find literally EVERYTHING you can ever...

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Costa Rica: Proyecto Asis and Rio Salto

Costa Rica: Proyecto Asis and Rio Salto

Proyecto Asis and Rio Salto Pura Vida, every day! Our day was filled with volunteering, hard work, fun and even some adventure. We started our day off on the right foot by meeting bright and early at 7:30 am for a hearty breakfast. Eggs, gallo pinto,...

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Peru: We have arrived safely!

Peru: We have arrived safely!

We’ve arrived safely! Hello friends, family and jealous siblings eagerly awaiting the return of their brothers and sisters! My name is Ryan Valconi and I am the activity coordinator of the March Break Community Service Program in Peru at Blyth Academy....

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Costa Rica: We’ve arrived safe and sound!

Costa Rica: We’ve arrived safe and sound!

We’ve arrived safe and sound, Pura Vida! Our first day was a long time coming: after heartfelt goodbyes at the departure at Pearson, we were en route to Mexico. After a flight full of half-excitement and half sleeping, the students were delighted to land...

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Peru: Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu

Peru: Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu On Saturday morning we were up bright and early to begin our travels to Aguas Calientes, the base camp of Machu Picchu. After a five-hour journey by bus and train, we woke up nestled in the lush cloud forest and...

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Peru: It’s Friday, Lets Zip On Outta Here

Peru: It’s Friday, Lets Zip On Outta Here

It’s Friday, Lets Zip On Outta Here As the rain trickled down and the clouds emerged, our family embarked on our sixth day in Cusco. We started our morning off with our usual family breakfast at 8:00 am. At 8:30 we were met by our local tour...

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Costa Rica: Our Final Post

Costa Rica: Our Final Post

Pura Vida! Welcome to Costa Rica Good evening family and friends,It’s hard to believe it has only been one week since we left from YYZ last Sunday. There we were, in the frigid weather, 18 students gathered before sunrise, most of us not...

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Peru: Can You Dig It?

Peru: Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It? As the sun rose on our fourth day in Cusco, so did the regular morning traffic rush. Every morning between 7-9:00 am is when the excitement starts – pedestrians, packs of dogs, buses, taxis, and private cars all make their way...

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Peru: Bicicleta de Montaña

Peru: Bicicleta de Montaña

Bicicleta de Montaña After a great night sleep, our group set off on our second day of volunteering at the San Gabriel Charity School. Similar to yesterday’s plan we worked with 4-5-year-old students while focusing on English, Visual Arts and...

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Costa Rica: This hump day is a hike day!

Costa Rica: This hump day is a hike day!

This hump day is a hike day! What a day! Hump day is more like a hike day as we started our morning meeting at 5 am at the base of Arenal volcano. A group of 12 students met myself and Ryan for a sunrise hike to the lookout point on our...

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Costa Rica: Zip lining and Water Slides

Costa Rica: Zip lining and Water Slides

Zip Lining and Water Slides The dawn of another morning brought with it a familiar sensation for our students: impending adventure. No strangers to adventure on this trip, fourteen of our students woke bright and early for breakfast before loading up the bus en route...

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Peru: With Love, From Cusco

Peru: With Love, From Cusco

Peru: With Love, From Cusco After a long night of travel and three connecting flights (YYZ>DFW, DFW>LIM, LIM>CUZ) our CS family made it safely to Peru! No missed connections, no lost luggage, just smooth travelling. After collecting...

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Pura Vida! Welcome to Costa Rica

Pura Vida! Welcome to Costa Rica

Pura Vida! Welcome to Costa Rica Hello friends, family and jealous siblings eagerly awaiting the return of their brothers and sisters!My name is Ryan Valconi and I am one of the activity coordinators of the March Break Community Service Program at Blyth Academy....

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Costa Rica – 3 more sleeps!

Costa Rica – 3 more sleeps!

Costa Rica: 3 more sleeps! Good Evening Everyone,The time has come for last minute errands, hugs with our families, and zipping up our suitcases. Costa Rica is just around the corner!!! I can already smell the coffee farms calling my name...I’d like to...

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