• I Left My Heart In Costa Rica

    I left my heart in Costa Rica. It’s true. I can not tell a lie. As the Summer fades away I can’t help but be saddened by how much I miss Costa Rica. It’s been a few months now since I’ve been home and back to the daily grind but almost everyday I think about Costa Rica and the children whose faces I miss (even when I didn’t think I would). So while I’ve been having nostalgia for this awesome country I thought I might share with you the things I miss about Costa Rica and the things I don’t (I mean really don’t). Bad news first: I hate to break it…

  • I’m Coming Home: Final Day’s In Costa Rica

    Let me just start by saying that two weeks in Costa Rica was NOT enough time. I literally had the time of my life while I was there and no I’m not just talking about the partying. My last few day’s in San Pedro were amazing. Let me break it down for you. Thursday  This was my last official day volunteering for my project. There was one girl who I know was going to be really sad to learn it was my last day.  But to my surprise it was really ALL of my kids who were really sad.  Not only was my class really appreciative of all the hard…

  • ESL Costa Rica 2012 {Photos}

    I realized that while I’ve been writing everyday that I’m here most of you haven’t seen many of the photos I’ve been taking. Here are a few of the students and the fun we’ve been having!

  • Making Menus In Costa Rica: Day 9

    I had one of my best lessons as an ESL teacher thus far. We have been working on introducing new vocabulary to the children and decided to work on food. More importantly the different foods they eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That being said we thought it would be fun to create their own restaurant menus. After reviewing a lot of different vocabulary we began to demonstrate what a menu looked like and what it consisted of. By creating a menu on the board we broke down each part and explained how it looked and how much each item cost. It was amazing which children had no idea which…

  • Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica: Day’s 6-8

    It’s official I finished my first full week of volunteering.  What a challenge! I honestly didn’t expect it to be this hard. I spent one week working with children aged 10-12, who barely spoke English and I barely speak Spanish-you can imagine the confusion.  Regardless, I’m loving it and I really wish I could give these kids another week of my time. That being said, after a long week, getting away is just what we needed. Earlier in the week we decided to plan a trip to Manuel Antonio.  Manuel Antonio is a beach community that is a 3.5 hour bus ride away from San Pedro.  There you are able to enjoy…

  • Quirks Of Costa Rica: Day 5

    Well its been five days here and its going by so quickly. Writing everyday while I’m here has been new and also challenging for me–I don’t usually write every single day. While I’ve been here for five days there have been many quirks about Costa Rica that I’m finally starting to get used too. I’m sure this list will grow longer as my time progresses here but for today’s post I thought I’d share some of the quirks that make Costa Rica, Costa Rica. You can’t throw toilet paper in the toilet. True Story–it takes some getting used too but it’s probably the most inconvenient thing that I’m currently dealing with. I…

  • 4th Of July In Costa Rica: Day 4

    What a day! Today was the first full day of teaching that I’ve done here and boy it was challenging. I guess I really underestimated how hard it is to teach ESL. Just when you think your prepared for a day of teaching and look at your watch and its only 9:53 and you still have till 11:30–I almost screamed. (true story) These were the phrases that I said for two solid hours: Repeat After Me My name is How are you? I’m good A is for ant (and the rest of the alphabet) Its a good thing I’m good at pulling lessons out of my ass cause that’s just…