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, is a native of Minnesota but lives in Ecuador and comes to Costa Rica for each team.
Team Journal entry for Sunday, March 6
We got a great night’s sleep and had a lovely breakfast in the sunny morning room at the Hotel 1915. Our morning meeting was spent revisiting the principles and philosophy of Global Volunteers, led by effervescent Maggie, our team leader. She also made sure that we understood all issues of health and personal safety. Together the group brainstormed and established team goals.
Our Team Goals are:
- To immerse ourselves in Costa Rican culture
- To improve our Spanish
- To see cloud forest wildlife
- To experience Costa Rican food and drink
- To work cooperatively on school projects
- To build friendships with the people we work with and our teammates
Our Characteristics of an Effective Team:
curious friendly fearless sense of humor
respectful flexible proactive encouraging
open-minded hardworking loyal honest
patient imaginative creative stimulating
Lunch was at a local café. Noontime was sunny and hot. The meal was delicious. At 2 p.m. we loaded the van and set off for Santa Elena, driving out of the city and toward the sea, then northeast into the mountains, on paved roads for two hours. We stopped at an open-air restaurant for an ice cream and a baños break, Bill admiring the antique farm implements and rustic wooden furniture. Ever upward, the final hour of the trek was on an unpaved dusty road, beautiful scenery, mountain after mountain, some evidence of progress in road improvement.
At last to the bustling town of Santa Elena, many travelers walking the streets, drinking coffee, eating ice cream. We arrived at Hotel Mar Inn – lovely, delightful hosts.
Now to learn Spanish in a one-hour intensive! We are preparing to meet the students and teachers at Colegio tomorrow. Great dinner prepared by Tatiana – chicken and rice, beans, and salad – and special guests Jorge and Ílfido, teachers from the school, and a very special cake made by Anthony’s mom.
Entry submitted by: Barb