On March 17th, 2012, approximately 25 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who have served around the world sported their finest green apparel to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Vista del Valle Plantation Inn located in Naranjo. RPCVs and current Peace Corps Volunteers, along with Peace Corps staff, family, friends, neighbors, and future Peace Corps Volunteers enjoyed the day swimming, hiking to a waterfall, horseback riding, and enjoying the beautiful Costa Rican summer. For entertainment, RPCVs shared limericks written about their Peace Corps experience.
A highlight of the gathering was the surprise bagpipes performance by RPCV, Kevin Ludeke. The countries of service represented were Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Senegal, Poland, Tonga, and the Philippines. The growing number of RPCVs living in Costa Rica proves the Pura Vida land is not only a great place to be a PCV, but a great place to be a RPCV.