All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
This month Pure Life hosted JOVA, Pure Life's local outreach program, in the first intercultural surf day with Pure Life students. JOVA is a group of Costa Rican young adults who work with Pure Life staff. Pure Life staff provide life skills classes, mentoring and adventure activities.
"While many local Costa Ricans may live close to a beach, they don't have the resources to be able to get their hands on a surf board and take advantage of one of the greatest aspects of living in this beautiful country", said Andrew. Pure Life brought 16 young men from a town about 45 minutes inland to the beach where Pure Life students had been practicing surfing for 3 days. The Pure Life students shared their boards and Pure Life clients got in the water to teach these local Costa Ricans the basics of standing up on a surf board. "It was a magical day for our program, it brings me a lot of joy to get to share this amazing adventure therapy experience some of our locals here in Costa Rica."
After a long surf session, the two groups sat down on the beach for group therapy sessions, translated by Pure Life Field Guides. It was inspiring to see that even though the differences amongst the groups were obvious in the beginning, after a long discussion on the beach about everyone's unique challenges both the students and the locals realized they had much more in common than they realized.
One Pure Life student commented, "it was the the highlight of my experience at Pure Life. We have so much to learn from each other...." The local JOVA members are working hard and preparing for a week long backpacking, rafting adventure at the end of the year. Pure Life donates a part of its earning to fund the JOVA program. We are grateful for those who continue to support the Pure Life program and we are trying to pay it forward into local Costa Rican communities.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure is located in the Central Pacific region of beautiful Costa Rica. Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma and substance abuse. The students are individuals with very real challenges looking for lasting change. Pure Life utilizes traditional individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning and adventure. The Pure Life integrated and dynamic approach includes an emphasis on fitness, mindfulness, life skills and cultural immersion.