I arrived in Costa Rica on the weekend at October 21st while barely being able to speak a word of Spanish. Language School sent me to the Pangea Hostel in downtown San Jose for two nights. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
The next Saturday Wagner from Language School came to pick me up. He was super friendly and he explained everything. I needed to know about San Jose, Language School, my home stay family, etc. We then arrived at casa de Edwin y Sonya barley. I was introduced to Sonya and her dog Yaco first. Then Sonya showed me around their beautiful home and that’s when I was introduced to their sons Kevin and Steven. They were super cool. I then had my first taste of real Costa Rican food and it was love at first bite. Ha Ha Ha get it. Anyways on Sunday, Language School organized a tour of San Jose for me and another Canadian student and fellow volunteer, Kathleen. The tour was mediocre at best and included two stops at gift shops, 20 minutes each. I then spent the next three weeks in a crash course to learn Spanish, and I think I learn more than I ever thought possible.
After three weeks in San Jose I was eager to get out of the city, even though I would really miss my tico family and all the professors at Language School.
So after three weeks I was then picked up from Language School by the one and only Marianella and four other volunteers I would be living and working with Anne Mari, Flora, Daryl, and after I was picked up we got Laura. I am sure it was love first sight for all of us ha ha ha ha.
My first job was at Simon Bolivar School teaching English. I was only supposed to be there for two weeks but I ended up spending as much time as I could there. Four weeks to be exact. All the teachers and students were super nice, especially the English teacher we were helping, Isabel. I also spent a lot of time talking with Marvin. He was really friendly I like him.
Moving on my next job was at Baja Tears Centro Comunidad Cristiana, and absolutely love it there. I never want to leave when I am there.
Jon and all the staff and all the kids are amazing, I love them all. On our weekends off we went to Puerto Viejo and La Fortuna. At least those are the only places I went to. Both places were amazing.
As for the dorm life, everyone was really nice; I enjoyed every minute, and especially a big muchas gracias para dona Isabel for her amazing, warm food and mostly her warm heart. And hugs and kisses for Andres
Love you all