Big hill, great pain, little ol’ me

Colleen Hewitt, a fellow vol11393033_986643453515_1589233870125820715_nunteer, captured this photo after the games and delicious food had been played and prepared and eaten and most of our TEFL group were still on site and saying goodbye. We had had a day of fun and relaxation just prior to our swearing in day. Since I had taken a fall during the sack race and inflamed most of my inner thigh muscles that are part of my problem with my hip, I decided to get a slow head start up the hill.  Here’s what Colleen said when she posted the photo:  Continue reading Big hill, great pain, little ol’ me

Even when you may not understand me …

“Tennessee and Texas (and I should have said, London, California, Missouri, Alabama, DC. North Carolina and lots of other points around the globe), thank you that even when you don’t understand me, you still support me. Love you.”

And with those words, I returned to my seat as a newly sworn in volunteer in the Peace Corps.  Continue reading Even when you may not understand me …

Beautiful way to end the first phase of my language learning …

Today was the last day with the generous souls that have shared their language and country with us for the last three months. Not only did they teach us conjugation and culture, but they ensured we would know when students blessed us and/or blessed us out! The final gift was a delightful day on a nearby farm complete with babbling brook, volleyball court, an outdoor kitchen for a carefully prepared day of fruits, meats, beans and (yum) arroz con leche and a field for traditional games like sack races and jump rope.

To the teachers and soon-to-be-sworn -in volunteers of Tico 29 TEFL, you have my heart!

 

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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!)