Thank you, Kevin Brown!

11350564_10153467094132275_2917137304525277466_nMy 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!

I’m in love …

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On a bus back to San Jose and this wonderful older gentleman is my self-appointed tour guide. He nudges me gently with his elbow to ensure I don’t miss a vista and announces in quiet one word narration what plants or animals I should see. He offered to give me the window seat but I didn’t want to give up the chance to see him smile every time his country takes my breath away!

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Quick update from a quick glimpse at what’s next for me …

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!

Ready or not … here I go …

11072048_10153439818732275_8367926119660173617_n2-3 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!)

Gratitude definitely computes …

11066527_10153437611477275_7015584918214956255_nTook 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!