Also, I had a great homestay family. My host mom, Dona Flor, was a very sweet, old woman who looked after me like I was her own daughter. My host dad, Don Iliecer, was a hilarious man who always practiced his English with me. There was also another volunteer, Elizabeth, who stayed in the room next to me.
We didn’t have a real wall between our rooms and thus, we had a lot of late night talks without having to get out of bed (which we thought was fantastic). On the weekends, a lot of us volunteers would travel.
My favorite trip was when six of us went to Monteverde. Apparently, we chose the worst way to get there. We first took a bus to Arenal and from there took a jeep-boat-jeep to Monteverde. As the name states, we first took a jeep to Lake Arenal. Then, we had the most amazing boat ride across the river. However, the jeep ride after that was like something out of Jurassic Park, but nonetheless made the trip even more memorable.
We then went ziplining the next day and I like to remember that experience as ‘Ziplining from Death.’ It was pretty scary because we did it with a company on crack, Extremo. We then took a hike in a national forest with a jolly tourguide, Johnny. Overall, spending time with the other volunteers really made the trip memorable. So, that’s my story… it’s been amazing time in Costa Rica and I’m definitely going to keep in touch with the great people I met while I was here.