After graduating from Ohio University where I studied business and entrepreneurship I switched gears and headed to Taiwan where I taught English for two years. In the mornings I was a kindergarten teacher and in the afternoons I taught a 7th-grade which then turned into my 8th-grade class. Over the two years with my 8th grade class I realized the importance of exposing young people to new ideas and ways of life. Each week I strove to get my students out of their comfort zone to build confidence into better English speakers, explore both my American culture and their Taiwanese culture, and to bond with their peers in new environments and mini-adventures during our bi-weekly field trips. As I saw my students grow over two years into well-rounded versions of themselves also helped transform me to where I am today. With our family's history in Costa Rica I have been very lucky and fortunate to now develop, lead, and grow my passion into what is Morgan Expeditions.
Mary Cate graduated from the University of Cincinnati in special childhood education and now lives in Denver, Colorado. My sister encompasses the spirit of a camp counselor. Energetic, friendly, and always ready to lend a helping hand, Mary Cate brings the energy to the Morgan Expedition trips. With a love for yoga, be ready for daily yoga sessions on the beach! Since we're a small, family-operation, Mary Cate heads up our social media and is our one and only resident photographer. Together, we are ready to lead more memorable adventures in Costa Rica.
'I am because we are.' Ubuntu is an African word referring to the power of our shared humanity rooted in kindness, compassion, and interconnectedness. We achieve ourselves through trusting, caring, and sharing with others so they do the same to you. Each Morgan Expedition trip strives for this idea of ubuntu, the importance of this practice during our days together, and with the ultimate goal of practicing this idea upon return.
Understanding Our Environment
We aim to accept students that already have a respect for our natural world. Our itinerary builds off of this respect to provide real, tangible experiences to aid a students' growth in understanding the environment. Through projects like turtle conservancy or reforestation projects students will learn to better understand our natural world while gaining new interests into their own relationship with the environment.
Opening new doors
Our adventures take us from whitewater rafting to surfing, from eating casados and gallo pinto, from snorkeling in the shallows of the Pacific to canyoning through jungle waterfalss. We value opening new interests, ways of thinking, and discovering opportunities for our students' futures.