Earlier in the summer we published a story about The MPA Charitable Foundation’s support for Oliver Kerslake and Toby Beaumont, two students from Bosworth College, who were 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.

They have now returned from Costa Rica and we are pleased that they have both had an incredible experience.

They split their time across 2 camps. The first was Camp Osa which sits among the trees. There, Oli and Toby got involved in a range of project work focussed on the conservation of the forest in the hills above the camp itself. They also spent time working with a local NGO focusing on protecting the nesting ground of turtles on the nearby beach.

The second, Camp Terraba, was located within a local community made up of indigenous people. Projects here focussed on both the needs of the community and the local environment. This included 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.

Commenting on their experience, Oliver Kerslake said: Our trip has been unspeakably incredible. To have the opportunity to visit such a diverse, beautiful country that is so different to ours is an experience not many people our age have ever had. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us. You have made this possible and not only changed our own lives, but countless others that we have been able to help with the amazing project work Camps International have provided for us. Our journey that will stick with us forever, one that has changed the way we see things completely. Thank you.”

Well done Oliver and Toby!