I choose Putney's Community Service Costa Rica program because it sounded like the best combination of the things I was looking for.
I wanted a program that provided an active and interactive experience with the community we were in, and Costa Rica and a few other programs fit that description. However, Putney offered the chance to play sports with the local children, sleep in their homes and get to know the natives on a personal level, rewarding community service work and so much more.
Not only did they make the time in the village sound special, but they also offered other activities outside the village in addition to the village. Whitewater rafting and horseback riding were activities that I had not experienced but had always wanted to try, and I was able to do both in Costa Rica.
With a lot of exciting opportunities in the Community Service Costa Rica program, I decided that it was the program for me. Thinking back on it now, it not only hit everything on my checklist, it excelled in every area.