My name is Josh and I am a student at the Robert J. Lister Academy. My mission in this class is to go to Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the native plant and wildlife. The reason I want to study those subjects is because I have always been interested in foreign countries and nature. I also want to study the geographical terrain for my future plans of joining the military when I am of age. We need to raise about $1,800 per person to be able to go. We have done alot of hard work already. This is not a vacation - this is a learning opportunity of a lifetime. We have a class we are taking and we will be studying topics like the economy, ecology, world affairs, etc. Another reason I want to go is because I have never left the country. This will change my life to be exposed to a new culture besides here in America. The reason it will be a life changing experience is because most people do not get the chance to leave the country, and I could be one of them. I also want to see what it is like in a country without a military, unlike America. In a place like America, everywhere you look there is some type of military image. I want to see how the people of Costa Rica live without a military. In Costa Rica, I will study hard, and make the best of the time spent there.

Friday, October 22, 2010


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Chapter 6

This post is about the book, Walking With Wolf, and modern day Costa Rica.

Right now in Costa Rica, they're having problems with Nicaragua that could lead to war. The reason that this is important to the book, and to our class, is because the whole reason that Wolf and the other Quakers moved to Costa Rica and then formed Monteverde was due to it being a non-military country. The other reason that this is important is because Costa Rica has not had a military in over 60 years. It also means... no military... no wars. The major reason Wolf and the other Quakers moved to Costa Rica, was the U.S. Govt started a peace time draft. What that meant was, that during a time of peace, the U.S. Govt forced people to go into the military. Wolf and some other Quakers were thrown into jail for what they believed in., which was peace. Costa Rica's not going to have a regular military, it is a Govt police force called Fuerza Pública. The Fuerza Pública officers are dressed, and equipped with military equipment (mainly from the USA). These police officers are wearing lead vests (bullet proof vests) that say "POLICE" on them. These forces are carrying M16 assault rifles, and what is described as 50-caliber machine guns. The reason that this is a major change in Costa Rica, is that because these tensions could possibly lead to a war that could affect the Quakers Pacifist ways. Costa Rica has been doing everything it can to protect themselves from war.

As soon as I get more information I will make a new post.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Chapter 5

This post is about chapter 5 in the book Walking With Wolf. The topic of this post is about the highways of America compared to Costa Rica.

Here in America we we have millions of cars, millions of roads, and thousands of highways. All of which most take for granted, but most countries that have none or very few of these think of them as a necessity. The reason most Americans take these things for granted is because almost everyone owns a car and grew up with one. Countries like Costa Rica that have just started getting more motorized vehicles and paved roads. Many roads in Costa Rica were impassible for vehicular traffic before they were paved, due to deep ruts from wagon wheels pulled by oxen or due to extremely deep muddy roads. In order for jeeps and other vehicles to get through, they had to dig and fill in holes and tire ruts. Now that there are some roads and highways are paved more vehicular traffic was coming to Costa Rica. Here in the United States of America, we have thousands of paved highways with millions of cars driving on them per year. In Costa Rica, there is one highway that is paved, The Pan American Highway. Here in the US we have smooth highways in almost all of the country, but in Costa Rica, the smoothest parts of the highway are like our bumpy, pothole infested roads. In Costa Rica, although driving at night is allowed, it is not recommended due to the bumps and potholes. The bumps and potholes are not the only reason it is not recommended, the other reasons are the sharp turns, and bad light that can lead to a crash.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Chapter 4

This post is about chapter 4 in the book Walking With Wolf.

One of the things that I found interesting in this chapter was how long it took to hook up to public water lines. When Wolf and the other Quakers started of in Costa Rica they had to dig wells to get a water supply but even then there was not much water. Another way the got water was by natural springs and streams. Even though it was coming from the ground the were always concerned about pollution in the water. It was after 1962 when they finally hooked up to a public water line.

Another thing that I found interesting was how long it took to get public power rather than a generator powering the towns or having no power at all. Before 1957 people of Monteverde had no power in their homes. In 1957 Reuben Rockwell built a hydroelectric plant just a few miles away. But the only problem was there was no power during the day due to the power going to the sawmill. They did not get public power until 1990.

The reason I find these things interesting is because we have had both for over 80 years now.

Today, here in America, people freak out if they do not have power for more than 12 hours where in Costa Rica they just got it 20 years ago. During the ice storm back in December of 2008, most people lost power for almost a week. I did not have it for three days and it was really horrible, especially where my generation was raised with electronics.

In conclusion, I think that this is important because they are really new to modern technology compared to us.