Welcome to Costa Rica 2019

Are you getting excited for Costa Rica or what? 22 days of living and learning in some truly awesome places. In just a couple of weeks you’ll be standing on the banks of the Rio Pacuare, preparing to launch on a three-day trip through one of the Western Hemisphere’s most revered river canyons. The first of many adventures to come. You’ll be studying regenerative agriculture at EARTH University, learning about permaculture and natural building at Rancho Mastatal, and soaking in an abundance of culture and camaraderie. Get excited about all this and your two incredible facilitators for this experience.

Meet Demaceo and Paula, our 2019 Costa Rica program facilitators. Tell us a little about yourselves guys:


What is my theme song? Hakuna Matata!

What is your most treasured possession? The experiences that I’ve gained throughout life.

What is the quality you most admire in other humans? The willingness to persevere even when the odds are stacked against them.

When and where was I happiest? After graduating college I moved to San Bernardino, California. There I met people from all different walks of life and, in doing so, made lifelong friends while creating some of my most cherished memories.

What do you consider one of your greatest achievements? In 2018, I reestablished a nature conservancy in the Bahamas and then went on to design coral reef propagation sites along the world’s 3rd largest barrier reef.

What animal do you most identify with? Either a red panda or… an octopus?

What are you most excited for this summer? To get to know the students, hear about their experiences and interests, while building upon their existing knowledge during our time in Costa Rica!


What animals do you most identify with? Dogs and penguins. Penguins because they’re clumsy on land but graceful in water, like me.

What do you most value in your friends? Patience.

Which talent would you most like to have? To be a music and math genius.

When and where were you happiest? 5 years ago at Chuveje waterfall. I just felt truly like myself, connected with everything and everyone around me and living completely in the present.

What is your most treasured possession? My mind and my energy.

Whats the quality you most admire in other humans? Forgiveness, for themselves and others.