LRHS sophomore ready for third-world experience

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Many LRHS students have already made Summer plans. While many intend on spending their time off on the beach, sophomore Emma Tullio has other plans; she will go on a mission trip to Cost Rica.

Tullio will travel with Rustic Pathways to Costa Rica for nine days to perform service work in the community. She will be staying at the Volcano Rainforest Service Base House and do local work in a town just outside La Fortuna, Costa Rica.

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LRHS sophomore Emma Tulio hopes to experience privation and generosity this summer

The program is an introduction to the local Tico culture and community service. Tullio will help improve local schools, work in a National Park, and help teach students.

“I wanted to go [to Costa Rica] because I know how privileged I am, so I wanted to give back in a way. I chose Costa Rica because it wasn’t too far, but I also knew that they have problems with homes, so I thought it would be a good place to offer help,” said Tullio.

Each student will receive 22 service hours during this program. Rustic Pathways offers many other trips in other countries, all with a different amount of service hours one can earn.

When she isn’t volunteering, Tullio will have the opportunity to zip line, visit natural hot springs, and go whitewater rafting.

Tullio is excited to see all that Costa Rican living has to offer, “I hope to learn more about other cultures and other ways of life on my trip.”

Rustic Pathways wants to ensure everyone attending the trip gets the best possible experience, therefore, participants won’t have access to Wi-Fi. Adults will have access to a 24/7 emergency number as will parents, and parents will receive updates from the staff. Disconnecting will ensure that everyone on the trip is able to fully enjoy Costa Rica’s beauty and all it has to offer.

Tullio is anticipating the arrival of summer so she can give her service back to the community of Cost Rica.

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