Towards the end of 2022, we were contacted by Oliver Kerslake and Toby Beaumont, two students from Bosworth College, who were planning on travelling to Costa Rica to take part in a range of humanitarian projects.

Oliver and Toby were looking for sponsorship in order to make their trip a reality, and MPA, along with a range of other local businesses, were happy to sign up to support the pair who raised over £2,000 to make their trip possible. As you will see from the video below, as part of the sponsorship, all companies received their logo on t-shirts that Oliver and Toby will wear throughout their mission.

Fast forward 8 months and Oliver and Toby have now arrived in Costa Rica to begin their month long expedition.

They will be working in 2 camps. The first is Camp Osa which sits among the trees. Here, project work will be focussed on the conservation of the forest in the hills above the camp itself. They will also spend a couple of days working with a local NGO focusing on protecting the nesting ground of turtles on the nearby beach.

The second, Camp Terraba, is located within a local community made up of indigenous people. Projects here will focus on both the needs of the community and the local environment. These include building classrooms to improve access to education, installing a clean water supply, constructing marketplaces for communities to generate income and building new homes for vulnerable families.

A typical day will consist of:

07:00 Breakfast

08:00 Trek to project

09:00-12:00 project work

12:00-14:00 well deserved rest

14:00-17:00 project work

18:00 Dinner

21:00 Bedtime

The pair will be sharing updates on their trip on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and we will also keep you informed about how they get on.

Good luck Oliver and Toby!