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EMU Volleyball - International Trip to Costa Rica

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Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
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Project ended on July 16, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Last Days in Costa Rico

August 07, 2018

As our trip started to come to its end we able to go exploring around one last time. We made a quick stop to see the La Fortuna Waterfall. We got so close that we could feel the mist from the waterfall. After that we went ziplining through the rainforest. It was a first for many of the girls on the team and it was so funny to see their reactions.


For our last night in Costa Rica, we were able to play the Costa Rican Adult Club Team. Once we got  used to the gym and surroundings we were able to find a groove. Battling back and forth from point one, we pulled out the win in close five set match. It was an experience that could last a lifetime. The memories will be some we will never forget.

International Trip

August 07, 2018

The next morning we woke up and drove to Manuel Antonio, there we went on a wonderful and beautiful nature hike. We got to see cool animals like sloths, crabs, and monkeys. After the hike we shopped around the town and ate lots of food. With our stomachs full and wallets empty, we prepared for our surfing lesson. We had lots of fun and everyone was able to stand up on the board. All though there were many wipeouts; the surf instructors were impressed by our tenacity and perseverance to stand up on the surfboard. The next day we traveled back to San Jose and held another clinic. We had so much fun teaching the girls new volleyball skills and they also taught us some Spanish. We then played a 5 set nail biting match with a Costa Rican club team. The next day we traveled to La Fortuna and went on a Rain Forest tour. This was one of our many highlights where we took lots of beautiful pictures, bonded with one another and got to learn about the many diverse animals and plants that are apart of the Rain Forest.




International Trip Day One

July 21, 2018

On June 16th, the Eastern Michigan Volleyball girls touched down in Costa Rica for our first international trip. As we walked off the plane, we instantly noticed the humidity and freshness in the air. Exhausted from waking up at 4 am, we headed to the hotel. The first day here, we were fortunate enough to be able to host a youth clinic. Although the language barrier was difficult, it did not phase us in helping to teach volleyball to some young Costa Rican girls. Their enthusiasm and love for the game was truly refreshing.



June 11, 2018

Hello all!  We wanted to give you a quick update on everything going on with EMU Volleyball!  We have had some big changes come through, as there has been some unrest in Nicaragua.  As a result, we changed our destination to beautiful COSTA RICA!  Our new itinerary includes high level volleyball in the capital city of San Jose, beach excursion to Manuel Antonio, as well as the rainforest of La Fortuna.  The itinerary is set for 3 matches in San Jose, as well as serving the community through various volleyball clinics with the Ticos.  Other than volleyball, the team will be visiting a volcano, doing surf lessons, hiking through the hanging bridges, and doing a zip line through the rainforest just to name a few!  


At this point, we are under a week until the rookies join us here in Ypsilanti.  Most of the team will begin taking courses, and all will be training for season and the trip ahead!  Team training will begin on July 2nd, as we get ten practices as a team before the trip.  Our new trip dates are July 16-24th, and we hope to continue to update you on our fundraising, training, and trip details!


We appreciate all of your donations to help us get so close to our goal!  As of today, we have reached 83% of our lofty goal, and we will make a final push through June and July.


Go Eagles!


Kimi Olson

Head Coach

Eastern Michigan Volleyball

Keep it rolling! 25%

December 12, 2017

Thanks for your generous donations!  We reach 25% of our initial goal!! 

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Thanks for sponsoring a jersey as we plan to trade to jerseys with our our opponents after a match.


Train Ride

Thank you for helping with the travel plans as we travel from city to city for competition.


Team Meal

Thank you for keeping us fueled to compete at our top level!


Student-Athlete Flight

Thank you for helping us get to our destination! Expect a Thank- You call from a Volleyball Student-Athlete!


Team Hotel

Thank you for helping with nights stay overseas! Coach Olson will be calling to Thank you!


All Inclusive Trip

Thank you for sponsoring a full trip for a Volleyball Student-Athlete! We couldn't do this without you. Expect a phone call from EMU Volleyball about options to be a part of our experience.

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