Today was spent almost entirely in the teacher’s salon working with Karen on one of the most important tasks so far: creating a bilingual pamphlet detailing the five main projects undertaken by the students of Colegio. These projects include:

–  raising and selling both young and mature pigs (for commercial and culinary purposes, respectively)

–  caring for nearly 100 ponedora hens (and collecting their fresh and delicious eggs on a daily basis)

– feeding and milking cows (and making cheese, which has an excellent reputation amongst the locals and never stays on the shelf for more than a few hours)

– maintaining the fish pond, which cleanses the water recycled from the pig pens by means of tilapia and oysters

– the construction of a butterfly/hummingbird garden, the benefits of which will include not only increased beauty but also facilitate the flourishing of plants and animals that are only indigenous to the Monteverde region.

I found that working with Karen, in addition to being a pleasure (as usual!), was extremely helpful in my understanding of Spanish and I believe she was able to bolster her English language skills as well.

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We took a short break to enjoy the exquisite culinary preparations presented by the students in the Food and Drink program, which included fresh fruits, sweet snacks, and a colorful array of garnishes in the shape of owls, butterflies, swans, and other happy-looking creatures. ¡Qué rico! I have no doubts that each and every one of these students is bound to excel in their field of choice.

Tomorrow we shall continue working on the brochure.

Entry submitted by: Justin

Message of the Day – Maggie: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain

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