Whilst the students were walking around the chairs one of the guys was walking really slowly. I said cheat jokingly but no one understood. So I asked the teacher assistant how to say cheat in spanish. But he thought I said shit. When he told me I forgot what the word meant so I shouted at the guy with the word that I thought meant cheat. He and everyone looked so confused! I suddenly realized and apologized loads! And explained myself.
I was blown away by how gorgeous the place where I was staying was. The kitchen I can’t even describe how brilliant it was. Such an amazing place to enjoy meals and be outside! Outdoor kitchen certainly one of my highlights! As I got into my mosquito net that first night my mind was full of all the things that could go wrong the next day I didn’t sleep well. Breakfast was at 8:00 AM and then I met the other 2 girls staying in the house with me. Both amazingly kind girls who were very comfortable to be around and I knew right away these two girls were going to make my time here better then it already was going to be.
One of my most memorable moments at the school was when a bunch of children kept giving me stickers. The children were so friendly and very excited to talk to me.
During my free weekends I traveled. I went to La Fortuna to see volcano Arenal, swim in La Fortuna waterfall, trek the hanging bridges, forest reserve and soak in the hot springs. I really enjoyed swimming at the bottom of the waterfall. For me it was the highlight of the weekend.
On my last weekend I traveled to Mal Pais. It is on the Nicoya Peninsula, on the pacific coast. The beaches were as you would imagine, beautiful. I didn’t want to leave.
The home stay was good. I lived with a 70 year old woman. She was a very good cook and a really sweet lady. I also actually stayed in the dorm for the first week. It was really basic accommodation, but it was very close to the city centre. And also we had a chef, and she was a very good chef and became a very good friend.
Overall, I can’t say that I regretted doing this voluntary project in San Ramon. I thoroughly enjoyed it and completely took advantage of Costa Rica had to offer which was loads! Actually that was the problem, to many good, and fun things to do!