Appleseed planning cultural trip to Costa Rica

Deborah Wheeler | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunDeb |
Joe Moore with a group he is leading. SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Joe Moore has been taking school groups on culture trips for eight years. He now wants to branch out and take the entire family.

Through his Appleseed Expeditions, Moore plans to take families on a trip to Costa Rica next summer with the goal of introducing the whole family to a lifestyle of giving back.

The Appleseed organization is a faith-based non-profit organization, but not affiliated with any church or religious organization.

Moore has partnered with schools from different parts of the country to take students on trips to teach them about culture in other countries and encourage them to use their talents for the good of the world.

"Some could use this as a segue for things like Doctors Without Borders, and other humanitarian programs," said Moore.

Moore usually takes about 2,000 kids per year on these humanitarian trips.

"We have been doing this in partnership with schools, but never with families. Now we are encouraging families to go with us so when they return home they can get involved as a family at home," he said.

Moore said Appleseed Expeditions has been good for impoverished kids who can't go to summer camps so they have a vision for their lives.

Next summer will be the first expedition for families, offering a trip to Costa Rica. During their seven or eight days there, the families will volunteer at orphanages, a local school, visit a coffee plantation to learn about global issues and zip-line through a rain forest.

"The goal is to teach them to give back, and that is most effectively taught when parents set the example," said Moore.

There will be an informational meeting about the trip to Costa Rica at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Modus Photography next to Hurricane Oyster Bar in Grayton Beach. The trip is planned for July 25, 2017, and a deposit is due by Jan. 30.

For more information about the organization, visit, call 231-6926, or email