By Wand Agency
Barbaraâs Costa Rican co-host, Janine â the founder of the âKids Saving the Rainforestâ (KSTR) foundation âneeds help with a reforestation project and issues Barbara a challenge: to plant a target number of trees in one hour. Barb accepts, but wants to learn more about the rainforest first. Janine is just the one to teach her: KSTR raises money to help protect the forest and its endangered animals. She takes Barb canopying through the trees, for a âheightenedâ knowledge of the forest. Back at the KSTR offices, Janine and Barb tour the Artisan/Gallery Shop, where all the proceeds from the sale of local artwork go toward saving the rainforest. In the KSTR garden, Janine teaches Barb how to plant young saplings, to get a feel for what she will be doing after lunch.
The girls head to town, where they meet a group of surfers on the beach and check out the local scene. They eat in a traditional Costa Rican restaurant, have gelato for dessert and talk over cold drinks with some of Janineâs friends. Before they start tree planting, Janine and Barbara go canyoning and explore one of Costa Ricaâs incredible active volcanoes, Arenal. The two girls then gear up and begin their challenge. After one hour, Barbara has reached her quota! The girls celebrate at a wild Costa Rican party, complete with dancing, costumes, food and music. Barb is having the time of her life in the tropics!