I have met people not only from Costa Rica but also people from all over the world.

For a twenty two year old male I like to believe that I have a lot of experience in my life. Volunteering in Costa Rica is just adding another notch in my belt. However this experience has been one of the best experiences of my life.

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When first arriving to Costa Rica I really did not know what to expect. I did not speak a word of Spanish, I was not crazy about rice and beans and of course I did not know anybody here. For the first two weeks I lived with a host family in San Jose. I was studying Spanish there. I really didn’t think two weeks of Spanish will do much, but surprisingly I was able to communicate more after the two weeks. I don’t know if my hand signals have gotten better or my actual Spanish. Regardless I like to believe it was my Spanish.

Bart Kulaga

The family I stayed with was very nice. Very sweet. It was a woman in her forties with three kids. Everyone was very helpful and very interested where I was from. Unfortunately there is a thing out there called language barrier. Therefore I could only learn few things about the family and they could only learn so much about me. Anyways, the whole experience with school and my host family was good.

When I got to the dorm I was pleasantly surprised how clean and how specious the house was. It was also very reliving that I could speak a language that I knew which was English. The whole first day experience in San Ramon was great. On our next day we got a tour of the whole city. The whole tour was very informational. After all the introductions to the town and the people living in the dorm it came time to actually start my project.

I went to my project with Suri. He is a great guy. Everyone in San Ramon knows of him. When I first got to my project site in La Aguaria I was pleasantly surprised by the scenery. The project manager at the building site was waiting for us. He didn’t waste his time; right away he gave me a job to do. After a couple weeks of working there I really got used to the construction workers.

I met a lot of awesome people while living in the dorm. I also have learned a lot of Spanish just working with the construction workers. Overall I want to thank uVolunteer for giving me great experience and ton of fun.

By Bart Kulaga

At the end of my program, I left this report for uVolunteer. I hope it helps future volunteers have a good understanding of the uVolunteer program. I've also allowed uVolunteer to give out my email address to those interested in asking me questions about my trip and the uVolunteer program.

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