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Learning about Education in Costa Rica

Global Volunteer Sharon in conversational English classes with students in Costa Rica

Team Journal Entry for Tuesday, March 15  We are now three volunteers – Sharon of California, Barb, and I – having said “goodbye” to Vicki and Roberto last Friday. Today was not a typical day. We did start off with breakfast by Tatiana at 7 a.m., morning meeting, and off to school at 7:50. But […]

Planting Hydrangeas and Lantanas

Global Volunteers at Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica

Team Journal Entry for Friday, March 11  On Friday morning we all went off to work at the school, but two of our team left after lunch to return home to Connecticut and Seattle. We will miss them as they were good team members. In the early morning work with Jorge’s class we painted buckets […]


A Visit to the Beautiful Cloud Forest

Cloud forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Team Journal Entry for Thursday, March 10 We assemble for breakfast in the hotel. The mood is relaxed and convivial. Considering we were total strangers four days ago, there isn’t any awkwardness or pretense. Our team is gelling naturally. Of course, the bar is set very high with this group. There are two former teachers, […]

Fantastic Progress

Costa Rica volunteers and students painting ice cream buckets together in Santa Elena, Monteverde

Team Journal Entry for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 We gathered for Tatiana’s wonderful breakfast at the terribly early hour of 7 a.m. The Message of the Day was from Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Roberto gave a fabulous presentation of […]

Connecting With the Students

Our painted ice cream buckets for planting on campus

Team Journal Entry for Tuesday, March 8 Breakfast was delicious. I read the Message of the Day to remind us of “where we are and why we are here.” Then we heard Bill’s surgically precise journal entry for Monday. After breakfast, we walk to “El Colegio” – which is a secondary school, grades seven to twelve. […]

Our First Day of Service at Colegio

Costa Rica volunteer Barb in conversational English class with students

Team Journal Entry for Monday, March 7, 2016 Breakfast at 7 a.m. Morning message and then off to Colegio, the local high school that specializes in tourism. We met with Ana Ruth’s ecotourism class. Lots of laughs as we and they introduced ourselves in each other’s language. A student, Ronny, gave us a short tour […]

Team #233 Has Arrived in Costa Rica!

Team of five volunteers plus team leader outside bed and breakfast in Monteverde, Costa Rica

We are five volunteers and one fearless team leader. Bill, a retired surgeon, and his wife, Barb, a retired teacher are from New Hampshire. Vicki is a retired journalist from Connecticut. Sharon is a retired member of the clergy from California and Robert works for Boeing in the state of Washington. Our team leader, Maggie, […]

Calling All Chocolate Lovers!

Costa Rican chocolate

Magical Cacao Beans Most people appreciate the deliciousness of chocolate, but most are entirely unaware of where it comes from or how it becomes so delicious. While volunteering in Monteverde, you can learn about and delight in Costa Rican chocolate. Native to the Americas, the cocoa tree is believed to have first been discovered in the […]

‘Pura Vida’ – The Costa Rican Way of Life

“Pura vida” is more than just a slogan that so easily rolls of the tongues of Costa Ricans; the phrase is a true mantra for the way of life in this Central American country. Said only by Costa Ricans, this phrase would literally be translated as “pure life”, but it means much more than that. […]

Dancing in Costa Rica

dancing in Costa Rica

Ever wondered what dancing in Costa Rica looks like? Costa Rica’s central geographical location and colonial history have resulted in a varied musical culture that incorporates elements from North and South America and the Caribbean islands. Popular dance music includes tropical Latin rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bolero, and cumbia. Cumbia is perhaps the most […]