Progress after 2 weeks in Costa Rica

Trip Start Aug 17, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Thursday, September 1, 2005

Buenos Diaz
Now I have been living in my first host family for the past 2 weeks. For me it seems as if I left the aero port in Paris months ago.
I told you what I did the first days here. Since, I have been taking Spanish classes every morning (at a beginners level) so slowly but surely my level is increasing. I enjoy talking to the teachers who are patient, and feel some proudness when I understand some local joke, and am able to participate actively in a conversation. Of course the best school is in the street, in the cafes or with my host family.
Ahora, Yo entiendo mucho ( quasi todo), pero yo no hablo bien... But I m trying.
I ve gotten to see more of the country too. Last weekend I went to a house my host family is building in the mountains. It was impressive, after 4 hours of car from San Jose to Chachagua (a close town), we took a small mountain road up to the house, in a jeep. I felt like a milkshake, even with the four wheel drive the wheels some times got stuck the road was so bad. The house was in the middle of nowhere, behind the house was a chain of beautiful bright green mountains, at the side window there was a view on the most famous volcano in Costa Rica. the Volcan Arenal. And to make me one of the luckiest people, the volcano erupted Saturday evening and from the house I could see the red lava in the night. Saturday morning we had gone to Fortuna, which is a small town 10mn from the house, and is the closest town to the volcano. The volcano has the shape of a perfect cone. in the middle of the mountains like a throne.
The Sunday morning we went to a rain forest and did a 2 hour walk to a waterfall, in which my host sister and I swam. I have all the photos and will post them soon. ( I just have a problem with the firewall here). Again, I can t describe everything I have seen and felt here there is so much. I just know that I am living this fully.
This weekend with the other 25 volonters we are going 3 days to the beach. We are all in a similar mind state, we want to discover this country and its culture, and are willing but all our efforts and time into our future project.
I received a mail from the principle of the school in which I will be teaching. Now I have a clearer idea of what is expected from me. I will be an English teacher for children from 5 to 12, and a french teacher for those from 10 to 12. The school is in a small village of no more than 200 people, in the mountains. the School has only 41 children and 4 teachers.
This is a quote from the mail I received:
"The school only has three classrooms without windows or doors. They do not have ceramic floors, only cement floors. An extensive area for playing exists, with green fields for playing football and volleyball.
There is only a bathroom in poor conditions.
There are not enough books. The few ones available are in regular shape."

Some major problems such as only one bathroom with one toilet for 41 children and now 5 staff members, and no dinning room for the children to eat are issues I will try to get involved in, to improve the childrens school life.
I still have one week of Spanish classes in San Jose, then the real adventure starts.
I do not think I will have Internet access in the mountains, but I promise to keep you updated minimum once a month.

I send out my kisses to you, and tanks so much Brian, Clem and AnnCha for you advises, support or sweet comments. It feels great knowing you are out their.

Je suis desole de n ecrire qu and anglais, specialement pour tous ceux de l isle de la Reunion, masi generalement je ne peux pas rester connecter tres longtemps et ca ne me laisse pas le temps de rediger en anglasi et francais mais je promet d ecrire en francais la prochaine fois. Si vous avez vraiemnt rien compris aux 2 premier mails ecrivez moi un mot sur le site, et je traduirai. Sinon demandez a ma maman, elle va adorer vous le traduire. (Love you mum& papa)

Muchas Gracias por sus atencion
Hasta la proxima vez muchachos
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brianonuanain on

Chere India, Expensive India,

Let me know if you need books in English to read to the children. I'll see what I can do about getting some in the post to you.

TEFL, by the way, stands for Teaching English as Foreign Language. Remember, you have two uncles, moi and Donald, as well as John Tynan who are all very experienced and trained in this area. Send us specific emails with problems you have and we'll be delighted to help. Right now you're thinking: How on earth do I teach these kids English? Where do I begin? Set up a mailing list for moi, Donald and John. We can advise you regularly on what to teach, how, and when. We also have books on teaching English as a foreign language that could help.,

If you have time, for now, go online and check out the free TEFL and (T)ESOL webpages for ideas for classroom activities and materials.

Your Spanish has come on leaps and bounds already! I can tell. Estoy tratando de aprender espanol tambien por que tengo el oportunidad aqui en la Florida. Seria una lastima no aprender! Me encanta estudiar espanol. En ce memento, estoy tratando de leyer 'Harry Potter' en espanol. Me gusto mucho.

If you like, I can send you the second Harry Potter book in Spanish, Harry Potter y la camara secreta. This is great to read if you ALREADY know the story in English. Also, read children's stories: The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks etc. They are a wonderful tool for learning. You see, you already know the story, so comprehension is not so much of a problem.

Bisou, salut et cuckoo.
El Baldie Bastardo

tigermilk on

hé bé
Ca fait plaisir de voir que tu t amuses bien aussi loin de nous ... Bon courage et a bientot

Plein de bisous

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