December through February, Costa Rica is taken over by rodeo fever. I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like it. The rodeos in Zapote are famous and televised for weeks over the holidays. After December, the rodeos travel to different towns. Not only is there bull riding, but people also get into the ring with the … More Corrida de Toros
This week has been a good week. I’ve been getting to know the students more, and I’ve started helping the tourism students with conversational English, focusing on hotel vocabulary. Since I’m a Youth Development volunteer and not a TEFL volunteer, I’ve had to do some research on interactive ways to teach new vocabulary. In this … More Learning in Action
Christmas was almost two months ago, but it’s never too late to talk about new experiences! I spent the holidays with a fellow PCV, and her host mother taught us how to make rice tamales. Below are photos and descriptions of the experience!
This is my host dad. He turned 79 about two weeks ago and is incredibly active. He likes to walk for an hour in the mornings, does exercise routines in front of the tv, and is always working and doing something until the soccer games come on. Yesterday morning as I left to go to the … More Home Improvements
Playa Hermosa with these little nuggets
“Please do not throw diapers, sanitary napkins, paper towels, gum, old phones, overdue bills, unwanted mail, hopes, dreams, or little fish into the toilet.”
Costa Rica has become an expensive place to live. Depending on where one lives, prices vary. Goods and services are quite a bit more expensive where I live now than they were where I lived during training. For example, in Heredia I could get my hair cut, colored, and styled for about $20. Here in … More Things You Can Buy for $1 or Less in Costa Rica
This week was drug prevention week at CTP de Osa. On Wednesday, the K-9 unit came out to talk to the students about drugs and gave a demonstration of how they use dogs in drug searches. The students loved Nani! Esta semana era de semana de prevención de drogas en CTP de Osa. El miércoles, … More Nani, la K-9
Each afternoon at the colegio, some of the professors and the cooks make fantastic afternoon snacks, which have been nicknamed palabras bellas or beautiful words. One of the employees came up with the nickname one day when someone told him the food was ready, and he said “oh, those are beautiful words!” This time has become … More Palabras Bellas (Beautiful Words)
The Great Terraba River is the largest river in the Brunca region. The name comes from the indigenous Boruca language diquis, which means great river.