Location: Costa Rica

Welcome to the Lifeworks Costa Rica blogs! Below is a little bit about the staff that will be leading this summer. Enjoy!

Devin is a passionate photographer, environmentalist, surfer, and friend. He has traveled the world studying, surfing, working, and doing community service. He always leaves each location with an understanding of a new culture and many new friends. From experiences at remote surf spots deep in Mexico, to entering disaster zones in the wake of Katrina, to exploring the beauty and power of Australia, to organizing charity races, to nights spent alone under the stars and the canopy of the jungle; Devin feels very lucky to have shared his experiences with the people he has met.

As an avid writer, martial artist, and motorcycle enthusiast, Rob’s hunger for adventure has pulled him to nearly every corner of the globe. When he’s not helping students build character and confidence at his Taekwondo academy, he spends his time volunteering on international medical missions in developing countries. He enjoys learning from the contrasts of life – from Barcelona’s glittering vistas to Kathmandu’s crumbling shantytowns, to Guatemala’s bustling jungles, to Morocco’s serene mountain ranges – Rob is always looking to dig in deep and explore the wild places of the world.

Robyn studied biology and philosophy in South Dakota. She fell in love with volunteer work on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she realized the sort of good that can come from experiencing other cultures. She’s done mission work in almost every region of the world including Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and finds an immeasurable sense of satisfaction and humility in helping others. She plans to pursue a career in medicine and believes great adventures are only as great as the people you share them with.

Natalie is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, with an emphasis on curriculum and teaching. Although she loves New York City, she is also a California girl at heart. Born and raised by the beach, she enjoys surfing, exploring the canyons, and advocating for environmental rights. Since 2003, Natalie has been working with children and adolescents in classroom and camp settings to facilitate their understanding and respect for the world around them. In her downtime, she teaches yoga and indoor cycling.