Colleen Hewitt, a fellow volunteer, 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
“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 …
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!
If I were writing for publication I would never get by with using the cliche, “what a difference a day makes” but it does and I’m not so I’m using it! To “shed some light” on what I’m talking about (and make the photo you see pertain to this post) please continue … Continue reading A new day and a new reason to smile …
Ok, now that I’ve said it, I want to erase the words. Primarily, because I don’t want folks to worry or think that I’m in any way “suffering through this experience.” But I also don’t want to paint the picture so positively that you question my sincerity.
So, yeah, it was hard. First of all Continue reading Today was a hard day …
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!)