In August 2009, Atlanta Chapter Co-Chair and artist, Pam Longobardi, led a group of 11 Georgia State University students to Costa Rica for a collaboration with students from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica Heredia and Nicoya campuses. The students all collaborated on large-scale public art murals made from plastic beach debris. These murals are now for permanent display at the Nicoya campus.
Pam also introduced the students to surfing and lead beach cleanups on the Guanacaste coast at Playa Sámara. The cleanup involved over 30 individuals, including La Grupa Hormigas (“The Ants”,) the student recycling activist coalition. Las Hormigas is responsible for all campus recycling, which they do themselves by hand, in addition to cleanups and public awareness. Together, they removed over 100 kilos of material from the beach, which was later sorted by artist Pam Longobardi and Hormiga group member Jocksan Salavar, to generate material for the plastic mural ‘Human Mirror’, a permanent public art installation by Longobardi at UNA Nicoya.