I found out about RJI when I was a teen and I participated in their environmental program at that time. For different reasons I lost contact with the organization for a while, but last year I had the opportunity to volunteer on a trip as a group leader in an indigenous community in Costa Rica and after that I participated in a project in Mexico and another in Nicaragua. Going on those trips have been some of the best decisions I have ever made. It is amazing to see how RJI trips can impact the community and the groups of volunteers. In a very short period of time a group of strangers becomes a big family, challenging conditions turn into opportunities to work together and become stronger, raw materials call for heaps of creativity to become bigger things, the language barrier asks for different ways to show interest and affection and so much more. To spent time getting to know other cultures, helping others, adjusting to different ways of living and building relationships with each other is more than rewarding and life changing and teach us than when we care and act great things happen.
This year, I was provided with the opportunity to volunteer on the 2013 Costa Rica Outreach trip via RyersonSOS. It was definitely an amazing experience because I was able to be a part of another culture that is different from my own, and also be able to help others that is so rewarding and fulfilling. Working with RJI, which is where out NGO leader is a part of, was also great. He was able to adapt well within the group and was with us along the way through completing the projects. To the best of his ability, he was able to accommodate for any changes and advocate on our behalf. He was always available to speak with if we needed some advice or just to talk. He was also open and considerate of others, but serious at the same time which kept everyone motivated. Without RJI, I think that we wouldn't have found a better NGO leader. I have also grown as a person by being apart of the whole experience and would go on this trip again
I had the chance to volunteer with RJI in 2003, and since then, there is no single day I dont talk about that experience and how great it was. It changed my life and helped me realize how much a single person can do for someone else, also on that experience I learned how to maximize my potential to its best. Whenever I had the chance, I joined them in their trips, and i still do
Working with RJI was an excellent experience. I was in a group with affiliated with RJI and I have nothing but positive things to say regarding the organization. The trip leader was by far the reason why my trip to San Martin in Costa Rica was memorable. He was clearly knowledgeable about the country and he went out of his way to try to make meaningful relationships with all the group members. In addition, he worked hard to make us have an excellent experience. He clearly likes what he does and it shows in his work. RJI has people like this working for them so they obviously it demonstrates that the organization has a passion for their work. I would definitively go on an outreach trip with this organization in the future.
I had the amazing opportunity to go to San Martin, Nicoya in Costa Rica this August on an outreach trip with Ryerson SOS. Our NGO leader from RJI was amazing and very understanding. He made the two weeks there amazing and always gave us the opportunity to try new things. I would recommend going with RJI if you get the chance. They have the most supportive and amazing people. Because of RJI i am looking forward to go on another trip again!
I've participated in two outreach trip with RJI. (That's right, I went back because it they were so awesome!). Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and was also just a super cool guy. Our group was kept very safe in our travels and we had good communication. On both trips, we were able to see the direct impacts we had on the community and the effects that community members (and kids in particular) had on our group. RJI does great work!
I participated in a 12 person alternative break service trip to Los Jazmines, Costa Rica with RJI. We all had an incredible life-changing experience down there. The community that we served welcomed us with open arms and were so thankful for having us there. We did meaningful direct service by building a healthcare center in the community. We were hands-on the entire time and got to actually see the impact we had on the community. RJI truly models their mission and vision through the service they do which is displayed onto their volunteers. We all felt completely safe and comfortable the entire time as well. It was an amazing immersion experience that has changed all of our lives for the better. Pura Vida!
I started as a volunteer on 2007 here in my country Costa Rica; I spent 4 weeks with a group of 12 Canadians and then got the chance to work as a group leader on 8 more projects around Central America and Mexico. Since the first day I joined the organization I have to say Reto Juvenil Internacional changed my life completely, being able to help other, having the chance to make friends from all over the world not only opened my eyes to a new world full of cultures but experience things that I would have never been able to experience without them. Without a doubt RJI not only gave me a life changing experience but gave me the tools to live better, friends that I love and the best reward when you see a kid playing/smiling at you.
I did an outreach trip with Students offering Support to Panama and the contact NGO was Reto Juvenil Internacional.
Yazmin was our contact in the village and she was honestly amazing. It was like having an away mother.
You could really feel the love and the caring pouring out of her.
Everything went extremely smoothly and I couldn't have asked for anything better.
I have been on trip before and after and they are not comparable at all.
If you have the chance I would definitely suggest working with RJI, it's honestly a treat.
In the summer of 2012 I had the chance to travel to Nicaragua with Reto Juvenil Internacional and the University of Ottawa's chapter of Students Offering Support (SOS). It was an amazing two week experience and it could not have happened without RJI and their superb trip leader that came with us. Over a year later, I am still in contact with the trip leader and excited to hear what RJI is doing for communities in Latin America. They've followed through with all of their projects to provide communities with the means to complete their own projects. What I appreciated most about RJI is that they are community-based projects that work for and with the community and gives international students a chance to be a part of the experience.
I had the opportunity of going on an outreach trip with Ryerson SOS, a chapter of SOS (Students Offering Support). They work in collaboration with RJI and a leader from RJI joined us on the outreach trip to assist with the projects we needed to complete in the outreach trip. The RJI leader was absolutely amazing and it was great working with RJI! They really care about making the conditions in countries in Latin America better, and really strive to stand by their goals and mission. I am looking forward to working with them in the future!