June 18th, 2022
It’s hard to believe that is has been two weeks and that our program is already coming to an end. I have seen and learned a tremendous amount in such a short period of time. It feels as if I had been here for longer yet it went so fast.
This week, we continued to teach various subjects within the private school setting all week. I was able to build deeper relationships with the students as I was able to visit the same classes throughout and I have cherished having that ability. I will definitely miss the students I have taught here. Their willingness to learn and excitability towards school feeds my passion for teaching and I will carry that with me throughout my teaching career.
Outside of school, we reversed roles and became students of Costa Rica learning more about it’s rich history. We went to visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels) and Irazu Volcano. We also went to Orosi Valley in Cartago that has Las Ruinas de la Parroquia, which are the remnants of an old church that was destroyed by an earthquake on multiple occasions.
On Tuesday June 14th, our group had the opportunity to participate in a variety of Costa Rican cultural experiences all in the span of one day. We attended a symphonic/opera performance at the National Theatre of Costa Rica (pictured below).
We also watched the Costa Rica playoff game against New Zealand held in Qatar to determine World Cup qualifiers. After Costa Rica’s team won the game, the whole city celebrated. It was exciting to be involved in the festivities!
For the last day of the program on Thursday June 16th, we got together for dinner and a dance performance at Mirador Tiquicia Restaurant that had a beautiful view of Costa Rica’s city and mountain landscape. Although I was sad that we had reached the end of the program together, we reminisced about all the great fun we had and everything we had learned along the way. I’m so grateful that I have made great friends along the way who get to share their love of Costa Rica and these special memories with me.
I am excited to say that I will be staying for another week in Costa Rica to continue my journey long the Pacific coast in places such as Los Quetzales, Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, and La Fortuna so onward I go!