March 6th we visited Alajuela to do a health fair which consisted of house visits to take blood pressures, pass out informational material on illnesses, answer any questions and be there as a listening ear for many individuals who needed someone to talk to. It was incredible to witness how grateful these individuals were to be able to talk to someone about there health, for many this was the first time in years they had received any attention from a health care professional. It was a life changing experience to be there to help and see the appreciation they had for our presence in the community. We then wrapped up our day with a tour of the city of Alajuela which was filled with beautiful churches, parks and a museum filled with Costa Rican history.
March 7th we got to experience a whole new side of Costa Rica in Manuel Antonio national park. We had a relaxing day filled with swimming, laying on the beach and hiking. We got to see many monkeys as well as a suprise stop to see the crocodiles. We saw incredible beaches and views from the park and enjoyed soaking up the sun on our last day. We topped off the day by visiting a surf area which was one of our team leaders favorite places. There we got to watch the sunset while watching the locals surf. It was a beautiful experience that was enjoyed by all. Lastly we had dinner at a taco bar that was delicious and very filling. Thoughout this whole trip we have experienced so many unique and incredible things that is hard to imagine we are already leaving today, at least we can leave knowing we have impacted the community for the better and used our knowledge to help as many people as possible throughout our stay.