Friday, March 9, 2018

Hanna Nassif: What is a team player?

What is a team player?

A team player has many tasks to perform while doing service work, although the main goal is to help your peers around you. The attributes a team player needs to contribute is always being reliable and hardworking. Your peers should never have to question if they have trust in you or can count on you to get whatever needs done. They need to do more then what's asked such as if you're already done with what you were assigned but see a peer struggling to finish there task, go help them out! Some examples of work our group may participate in is paving roads or even help plant certain native plants in the rainforest. Each group member may be assigned tasks such as mixing cement, laying cement, digging holes for the plants. What might prevent us from achieving our goal is not working hard enough as a team. Team players get the work done.

Monday, February 12, 2018



Hi, my name is Gabrielle Butler and I’m a sixteen year old junior at City Charter High School. I spend most of my days either at school or work but in my spare time I love going to concerts with my friends,  watching Netflix, and swimming (when weather allows). I enjoy walking and playing outside with my dog.  I’m excited for this trip because I can’t wait to be in a new environment and to go out of the country for the first time!  I’m nervous about being away from home for ten days because I’ve never been gone for that long but I’ll have my friends with me so I don’t think it’s going to be that bad. I applied for this trip because I love helping others and I think exploring a new country is going to be a wonderful experience that I get to share with my classmates. I hope to learn how to communicate better with people who don’t speak the same language as me. This trip will help me grow as a person by experiencing a new culture and being away from home. This trip will be a once in a life time experience and I know that whatever I take away from this trip will be life changing!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Introduction Blog Post


 Oye, mi llamo es JA Corbett-Sparks and I hail from East Side Pittsburgh, PA. I’m in my third year of City Charter High School. I like writing, cooking , dancing, making music, and tons of other activities. I cannot wait to go to Costa Rica, to swim, try new foods, and help the people of Costa Rica enjoy the place they’re living. Other than those activities, I wish to have fun with a few of my classmates. Since we graduate next year, this is one of our last chances to actually enjoy time together. I hope I am able to come back to the States with more knowledge about  the Spanish language and about Latin American culture. Y finalmente damos un paso para irnos a la sala de salida de la incredulidad.



¡Hola! My name is Fatema Traore. In my free time, I usually enjoy reading, taking and editing photos, drawing, and watching Netflix. The main reason why I want to go on the trip is to experience the new culture. My family comes from Dakar, Senegal which is in West Africa so I do know a good amount about the culture there. I’ve only been there once and even though it was many years ago, I still remember how much I enjoyed learning more about the new culture and being able to meet so many new people. I would really like to go to Costa Rica to gain that experience again. I also enjoy doing service work and helping other people which is another main reason why I want to go to Costa Rica. I love taking pictures of views and new places so I am most excited to get the opportunity to do so. I am a bit nervous about seeing bugs because I hate bugs. I’m also a pretty picky eater so I’m a bit nervous about trying so many new foods. I’ve spent a good amount of time researching new things about Costa Rica so I’d like to learn more about the culture. Overall, I am really excited to be a part of such a great experience.
Hola, me llamo John. I’m a sixteen year old student and junior at City Charter High School. Some of the things that I like to do are hanging out with friends, playing PlayStation, Music, and watching Japanese animation. In Costa Rica, I can't wait to go out and help people, and trying the different  foods there. What I am nervous about is getting lost because I would probably get so worried and forget what to do. My main reason for going on this trip is so that I have the opportunity to help people who are in need. I hope to learn what others have to go through by looking at it from their point of view. I am so thankful to be able to have this opportunity when other wanted to go but couldn’t. I know that this trip will be an awesome experience for me that will stick with me throughout my life.

 ¡ Saludos everyone ! I’m Aziaonnae, a junior at City Charter High School and I’m attending the Costa Rica service learning trip for 2018. My hobbies are pretty similar to a lot of other people like traveling, cooking, baking, and designing, but I am very open to trying new things. I am thrilled to be part of this trip and can’t wait to go hiking in the rainforest, visit the beautiful beaches, and give back to the community and the people of Costa Rica. I am worried about the communication barrier between us and the Costa Ricans, but we have been practicing Spanish and I think we’ll be just okay. I’m not only going on this trip to see the country but also to meet the people of Costa Rica and help their communities. I hope to learn about the culture, the wildlife, the history, and the people. I will gain a lot of knowledge and have a new outlook on life from this experience. Thank you City Charter for allowing me to experience this once in a lifetime trip.  



Hi, my name is Hailey Clouse and I am a sixteen year old  junior at City Charter High School. During the day, I’m either at school or working. During my spare time, I like to spend time with family and friends. I can’t wait to go on this trip so I can see new things and experience being in a different culture. I’m a bit nervous about seeing all kinds of bugs on this trip, but I think it will also be interesting. The main reason for going on this trip is because I love exploring, especially with my friends and fellow classmates. What I hope to learn during this trip is more about Costa Ricans way of life. I can’t wait to go on this trip so I can enjoy this great learning experience!