Tropical Adventure stood out from other international volunteer experiences for its personable and detailed website and what made me actually pursue our experience with them was their responsiveness and excellent follow through. Scott arranged for me to speak with 3 other families who volunteered and he himself assisted me with all the preparation details. Then Susan helped refine our itinerary and gave some excellent suggestions for working in BriBri as well as suggested side-trips to take. We ended up going over to Panama and **everything** worked out like a charm.
Our experience in Bri Bri was well attended to by the staff as well as our guide Mario. My 15 y/o daughter was very enthusiastic about the experience as it unfolded. I wasn't sure because she had not encountered the kind of environmental and social extremes we were embarking upon. She was the one who coached ME through some of the challenges. It was hot and muggy and there were ants and spiders. We joked and helped each other through it and focused on why we were there.
Mario was *excellent*. He is very knowledgeable and helped us organize the kids for our projects. He took us on hikes and pointed out the plants, fruits, and of course the crocodiles who enjoyed our chicken bones. He attended our volunteer projects and helped us with language interpretation and offered his heart-felt presence to both us and the children and elderly we worked with.
Overall we felt very well taken care of and all my questions and concerns were addressed prior and I felt we were well prepared and supported for the experience! I have referred many people to TA and I wouldn't hesitate considering the experience again.
Shawn & Hannah