Location: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Host Team: Puerto Viejo Youth Group
Years Held: 2017
Overview: FITJ kicked off in the capital San Jose, where players met up for a few introductory drinks before getting an early nights rest. The next morning we woke up early to make our way to the coast, stopping to white water raft along the way. Once in the coastal paradise of Puerto Viejo, Friendship-Leaguers blended into the local community for a truly memorable experience. Participants partnered with a local youth group and elementary school to run flag-football workshops for an eager group of students. The balls initially looked funny, and the rules took some explaining as many of the kids had never heard of football before. But by the end of the week, they were a force to be reckoned with!
Off the pitch, the town of Peurto Viejo had no shortage of excitement. During the days, Friendship-Leaguers learned to surf, did some sunrise beach yoga, went on scenic bike rides and more. At night we spend our time beachside, listening to vibrant live music while sipping exotic cocktails!