Read about how Bushika Adventures has impacted students' lives.
Student: For 3 summers Junior leader: 2009
Adult leader: 2013
“The time I have spent in
the community of Boruca over the years has allowed me to experience a culture
very different from my own. I have
made life-long relationships with Borucans, improved my Spanish by speaking in
real–life circumstances and now see my own culture with new eyes.” Elena wrote a powerful essay, while in high school, about the impact her experiences in Borcua which you may read by clicking here: ElenaEssay
Student: For 3 summers, Junior leader: 1 summer
"Boruca was the best experience of my life. I was given the chance to live in a village with a culture that fulfilled me, scenery that engrossed me, and locals that enriched me with their strength and courage. The Borucans became my best friends. Their culture opened my eyes to a new world. I fell in love with their happiness and their idea of what is important in life. Whether it be the teenagers who play with their baby siblings at the waterfall, or the adults who take care of their dying mothers, family was the root that held them all together. More then anything, what I was given by the Borucans was the most profound feeling of appreciation. The Borucans, who live in complete poverty and have a perspective on life so different from my own, made me feel beautiful, important, and loved. I left Boruca with more self-assurance because not only did I survive all the challenges I was faced with, but I let myself open up to what was new and scary to me, and it has made me a stronger person because of it." Jamaica
Student: For 5 summers
"My Bushika experience has made me more independent. When I was in Boruca, I had the opportunity to make friends with Borucans, learn about a different culture and practice my Spanish."
Student: For 4 summers
"One of my most memorable moments on the trip was when we went to the beach with the Borucans. It was really fun because two of my favorite things are being in Boruca with the people and also being at the ocean so it was everything I like rolled into one box; it was perfect - a really great day. Another thing I loved was the independent activities. I got to play with the Borucans on a soccer league!"
Student: For 2 summers
Junior leader: 1 summer
"Bushika has changed my life! I am more open to different people and new experiences than I was before I went to Boruca. Spending time with my Borucan friends, doing my independent project and using my Spanish daily has made me less fearful of the unknown and more confident in myself. I am now willing to engage in new experiences. I have learned that by taking risks, I can overcome obstacles and have fun. Bushika helped to prepare me for high school."
Student: For 1 summer
"One thing I was surprised by was the amount of work we had to do on this trip. At first, I didn't think I could do so much work but between hiking three hours to get to the waterfall and the community service project, I learned that when I put my mind to it, I can do much more than I thought I could. I also learned that friends make everything better."