As I walked out of the room, I felt a profound new interest blooming. One day I would have to go, I just had to. Once I graduated and knew more about the direction of my life, I would make it happen. Every email newsletter served as a reminder of this dream.
Four Years Later…
This was it. The year that I could actually make it work. I knew this day would come, but it still felt surreal. I had sent the email a few days before, refreshing my inbox every few hours in anticipation. Then there it was, the confirmation. I was actually going, and experiencing something I had been wanting to do for years.
Since that moment four years ago, I graduated from high school and found my passions in college. I declared a double major, found numerous amazing communities, and was living a life that I never could have predicted. Then one day I got another email newsletter. Though my studies were so different now, I knew this would be the adventure of a lifetime.
As the plane touched down on the runway, it all became real. I was actually here, and about to meet an amazing group of people just as excited as I was to start this journey! The next eleven days were some of the best of my entire life, filled with new experiences, wonderful people, and amazing adventures!
The Save the Frogs 2017 Costa Rica EcoTour was everything I imagined it to be, and then some. Waking up to the sounds of birds and frogs in the foggy mornings, boating through the jungle, learning how to make coffee and chocolate, and witnessing a sea turtle lay eggs and return to the moonlit ocean waves. These are only some of the experiences that I have, and they are as vivid in my memory as they were when they happened. I made lifelong friends, and lived a dream I had since the information session at my high school during my junior year.
Though I am now studying Political Science and Religious Studies, the relevance of ecology, environmental protection, ecotourism, and resource conservation are topics that I have always been passionate about. I came into the EcoTour with a limited specific knowledge of amphibians, and left with an abundance of new information and experiences that I knew I would use in the future.
I shared about my journey on social media, but wanted to write a post about the impact that this EcoTour had on me. I still think about it every day, and sometimes I journal about experiences that remind me of those amazing eleven days. I’ve had many people ask me about the trip itself, and how they can find out more.
And guess what? There’s going to be a 2018 Costa Rica EcoTour!! This is amazing news, because 2017 was the first EcoTour to Costa Rica. I would love for you to share in the experiences that I had!
Not only do you get to have the adventure of a lifetime, but your EcoTour funds amphibian conservation efforts all around the world! This year’s Costa Rica EcoTour runs from July 14th to July 28th, 2018. It is the perfect opportunity for you to travel on your own, with friends, or with family.
So what was my experience like? Life-changing. Seriously. Here are a few photos and videos to give you an idea of the daily adventures we had!
Are you ready to take the trip of a lifetime? If you would like to learn more about the EcoTour, including itinerary information you can find out more here! (They also have an amazing photo gallery from this year’s EcoTour–you’ll see me in lots of the photos! 😀 ) Save the Frogs also has another EcoTour this year, traveling to Ecuador! I highly recommend an EcoTour if you have wanted to explore conservation and amphibian ecology in breathtaking places! It is the perfect opportunity to travel on your own, with friends, and/or with family too!
Since I have been on an EcoTour before, I have a referral code that you can use if you are interested in the trip! First, you can fill out an expression of interest form, where you can enter my referral code in the section that says “How did you hear about this EcoTour?”. My referral code will save you $200 on the EcoTour price!
REFERRAL CODE: alyssafrogs200
If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to me via messages on any of my social media channels or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)! You can also contact anyone at Save the Frogs (email@example.com). There are additional discounts for multiple trip members, early registration, and for full-time students too!
I hope you consider these EcoTours if you are looking for an adventure for Summer 2018! I would love if you shared this with anyone who is interested too–the more the merrier! 🙂 These EcoTours are scheduled on a year-by-year basis, so if you are interested in going this is the perfect opportunity! (The locations may change in the future, so there is no guarantee there will be another Costa Rica or Ecuador EcoTour!).
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