Yes, as Peace Corps volunteers, we are here to help, to teach. But we are also here to learn. And today’s celebration of the arts with 1-6th graders was an education in just what is possible when we embrace music and beauty -both seen and spoken! #PuraVida #CostaRica
My fellow trainees and I celebrated the incredible accomplishments of the previous TEFL volunteers and expressed our thanks to one of the major forces behind the five years of the development of the program in Costa Rica — friend and colleague Kevin Brown. His time with us is drawing to a close so we couldn’t let him leave without presenting one more poster!
My high school in Pocora offers art, music, French, and English classes and, since they have no gym, sports are done outside! The director (principal) is a sculptor and a poet. My co-teacher is creative and ready for us to take on the National Spelling Bee and English Festival. I’m the new novelty but even in the incredible heat and rain pounding on the tin roofs, the students were pleasantly engaged. This stage of volunteer work is the honeymoon period and I am definitely in love!
2-3 times a week since March I have entered this gate, walked up these stairs and stumbled my way through Spanish classes. This week I head to check out my permanent assignment with bits of my heart captured by my two learning cohorts and my two teachers. I take them with me in my heart and mind as well as tangible gifts like the lovely earrings that my host Eliza gave me last night. (See photo!)
Took a wonderful break and a bus ride across Costa Rica to see friends from Houston who were checking out a potential ministry opportunity. Don’t know what they will decide about that but sure enjoyed their ministry to me — including delivery of my new (donated) Dell! Ginger Smith, your generosity washed over my sweaty self and restored me in so many ways. Ashley Hurley, I’m grateful for much but definitely that you continue to cross my path!
After several minutes of watching her intently completing paperwork for my fingerprinting and further becoming established in Costa Rica, I simply said (in Spanish), “That color is good on you.” That’s all it took. Continue reading Connections in spite of language (dis)abilities!
One might easily conclude that this photo represents a bad day. However, one should never judge a day by its computer screen. Within minutes of having told a friend investigating new computer options for me that the clean up last night probably netted me a couple of more months’ use, the computer took a dive! Continue reading Never judge a day by its computer cover …
She laughs and hearts melt. She loves in action more so than words. She keeps climbing when it would be so easy to rest. She is my mother. #grateful&blessed