TAMU Aggies in Monteverde

Welcome to TAMU Aggies' first week in Monteverde with CPI!

Please go ahead and read a few of our adventures:

Day 1: TAMY Aggies received the host families with excitement and ready to immerse themselves in Costa Rica culture. After meeting their mama tica or papa tico they headed to their homestays where the adventure began.

Day 2: Monday started with Spanish Lessons, meeting the new Spanish teacher and heading to class for 4 hours.  At noon we walked to Santa Elena town to know the place better and get to explore.

Day 3: On Tuesday, we enjoyed a Latin cooking class where we learned to cook Costa Rican famous arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) with a salad and handmade tortillas made specially by Mandy Lu and the girls!

Day 4: After a delicious meal at Sabor Tico we headed to the Public Clinic of the zone; where we received a talk with Felipe Quesada Cambronero, the clinic´s director. He proceeded with a detailed and well-explained lecture about the CCSS (Costa Rica Health Care system), explaining how it works from the financial area to the daily attending patient section. We then tour around the clinic, getting to know it´s facilities and staff. It´s important to mention that the Monteverde Clinic is actually classified as an EBAIS (lower level of classification in the health care system) and is currently fighting to become a clinic and receive enough budget, this is a subject that was emphasized during the lecture.  

We then visited Veterinaria Suarez, the main vet of the zone. Here, Jesus Suarez received us on his small local and explained to us his experience as a vet in a rural area. The lecture headed towards talking about the differences between Costa Rica vets and US vets and how veterinaries work.

We had a great time and thanked both Felipe and Jesus for their time and flexibility to receive us.

Stay with us for a resume of our last days at the cloud forest.

 

Pura Vida,

Fabiola FZ

Ivy Academy Chattanooga

Day 1 & 2.

After arriving in San Jose, the group departed to Manuel Antonio where they spent the weekend. During their time in this beautiful town the group visited the beach, hiked and enjoyed the pools at the hotel.

Day 3.

We started our day by going to the pools. Right after lunch the group departed to Monteverde. Here at Monteverde the students will attend to classes for four hours every day. Once the group arrived to Monteverde, each student took a Spanish test. The purpose of the test is to see the Spanish level of the students in order to place them in the right class. Finally, every student met their new host family and spend the rest of the night with them.

 Day 4.

First day of classes! We started our day by visiting Santa Elena. This beautiful town has a lot to offer and the students had the opportunity to explore it for a little while. After that we had a Latin cooking class at Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI). The group prepared rice and chicken, which is a typical dish of Costa Rica.  Right after, the students received a tour of the school and then met their teachers. The students spend 4 hours with their teachers, however, they get a 20 minutes break in between. Finally, the students went home to have dinner with their families and spend the rest of the day with them.

 Day 5.

On Tuesday we visited the Sta. Elena Reserve. In this incredible reserve we can find some of the most exotics animals and plants. The group really enjoyed this time! After that we had lunch at Sabor Tico. This delicious restaurant is well known for serving great typical Costa Rican food. As usual, the students spent the afternoon in classes.

 Day 6 & 7.

Hump day! Volunteership day at Life Monteverde! On Wednesday and Thursday, the group did Volunteer work at Life of Monteverde. Life Monteverde is an association of twelve families from Monteverde, Costa Rica, with a strong background in agriculture and nature conservation. This is a wonderful place for those who are interested on learning strategies to reduce environmental impact.  The group now is more aware about sustainability and the environment. On Wednesday night the group had an amazing Latin dance class, where they learned how to dance Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

 Day 8.

The students had the opportunity to do Canopy Ziplining. Along the way the group admired fantastic views of the surrounding forest. We started riding tram up the mountain and from there we rode seven cables that go up to 328 ft in height and 2460 ft in length. This was a unique experience for the students. Today was our last day of classes in Monteverde. The students said good-bye to their teacher and have one last dinner with their host family.

 Day 9 & 10.

Weekend at el Rincon de la Vieja! On Saturday morning the students had to say bye to their host families. Right after that we departed to el Rincon de la Vieja for a weekend full of fun activities. Some of these activities include: Horseback ride, tubing, pools, hot springs, beaches and waterfalls. The group had a great time enjoying nature and doing some fun activities. On Sunday night the students finally met with their new families in Flamingo.

 Day 11.

First day of classes in Flamingo! After we arrived at CPI each student met their new teacher. Right after class, the group spent the rest of the day at the beach.

 Day 12.

Today was a very fun day for all the students. They started the day with Spanish classes and then we had lunch at Hotel Casas del Toro. As usual, the group spent the afternoon on the beach. In addition, they had the opportunity to take surf lessons and buy souvenirs for their loved ones.

 Day 13.

As usual, the group spent their morning in classes and spent the rest of their day at the beach.

 

 

Windham High School 2019

Bienvenidos al viaje de Windham High School 2019

 

Llegaron el día domingo por la tarde al aeropuerto Daniel Oduber localizado al noroeste de Costa Rica. Un día soleado y caliente como lo es de costumbre en la provincia de Guanacaste. Los chicos y chicas tenían hambre después de haber volado desde el estado de Maine en los Estados Unidos. Por esa razón, la primer parada que hicimos fue en un famoso restaurante para probar un almuerzo típico. Después tuvimos una caminata por la ciudad de Liberia, un poco de historia y cultura de Costa Rica antes de que ellos conozcan a sus nuevas familia "ticas". Cuando llegamos al pueblito de Potrero los estudiantes tomaron cada uno su camino para ir a cenar y pasar la primera noche en sus casas.

El grupo durante la semana van a recibir clases de español en la mañana en el campus de CPI Flamingo y luego por la tarde van a realizar las distintas actividades que han planeado en Guanacaste. Como por ejemplo: el lunes después de clases de español fuimos a una de las más famosas playas en Costa Rica. Playa Flamingo es muy bonita playa. Ellos pudieron nadar mucho y pudimos ver el atardecer con un celaje extraordinario. El siguiente día fuimos a un tour a caballo y ellos disfrutaron mucho. Para algunos de ellos era la primera vez montando a caballo pero eso no importó, ya que la pasaron genial y les gustó la nueva experiencia.

El miércoles visitamos playa Conchal. El siguiente día fue uno de los más cansados pero de esos días que valen la pena. Juntos todos los estudiantes, la profesora y demás personas ayudamos a una familia necesitada en un proyecto de voluntariado de la Fundación "Siempre Amigos". Hacer cemento, pintar, jalar tierra, taladrar fueron algunas de las cosas que hicimos para ayudar en la construcción de la infraestructura de una casa ubicada en la comunidad de Lorena. Todo por una buena causa. Los chicos y chicas quedaron cansados pero muy felices al final del día.

El en último día de clases en CPI Flamingo fuimos por la tarde al pueblo de Tamarindo para una clase de Surf y a la vuelta a Potrero fuimos a una fogata a la orilla de la playa. Comimos marsmelos con chocolate y galletas. Jugaron juegos y algunos estudiantes bailaron y cantaron. Fue divertido.

En el fin de semana volvimos a playa Tamarindo para que los chicos y chicas tuvieran tiempo libre para comprar regalos y suvenires para sus amigos o familiares. Luego de tener un excelente almuerzo en un restaurante que está al lado de la playa nos dirigimos al tour en el Catamarán donde pasamos toda la tarde del sábado. Tuvimos tiempo para hacer snorkel y ver algunas especies de peces que estaban en el agua. Luego nos quedamos en el bote comiendo y esperando el atardecer para luego empezar la ida de vuelta al pueblo de Potrero, cenar y pasar la última noche con las familias.

Segundo domingo del grupo en Costa Rica. Temprano en la mañana empezamos nuestro viaje a Monteverde. De camino nos desviamos un poco para otro tour en bote, pero esta vez en lugar de ser en el océano, fue en el río Tempisque. Entre el PN Palo Verde y la Reserva El Viejo. Tuvimos la suerte de observar monos, el famoso Jabirú, cocodrilos y otras especies de animales durante nuestro recorrido. Luego almorzamos y seguimos nuestro rumbo a las verdes y majestuosas montañas de Monteverde.

Llegamos a Monteverde.

Luego de un pequeño tour dentro de la escuela nos dirigimos hacia la zona del rancho para esperar que los papas-ticos aparecieran y conocieran al nuevo miembro de la familia. Los chicos y chicas estaban un poco nerviosos y ansiosos de conocer a sus nuevas familias ticas de esta localidad.

Empezó la semana en Monteverde. Uno de los lugares más buscados como destino turístico para las personas que vienen de otros países. Durante el lunes por la mañana nos dirigimos al pueblo de Santa Elena para que los estudiantes se familiaricen con este lugar, ya que van a pasar los siguientes seis días. Después de un delicioso helado hecho en la zona fuimos a almorzar. Una vez satisfechos, nos fuimos a CPI Monteverde para sus clases diarias de español que van a ser durante horas de la tarde. Para que luego regresen a sus casas y cenar en familia.

Una de las actividades realizadas durante la semana fue caminar sobre los puentes colgantes y el bosque nuboso. Con la ayuda de un guía local de la zona fuimos explorando los diferentes senderos que cruzan el bosque. Luego al volver a la escuela participamos en una clase de cocina donde aprendimos a hacer "patacones" y esos mismos patacones fue nuestro almuerzo.

Los siguientes días visitamos varias fincas donde se cosechan diferentes productos tanto para exportar como para consumo propio de las personas que trabajan y viven ahí. Vimos plantas de café, caña de azúcar, cacao, macadamia y otras más. Fueron caminatas interesantes y muy educativas donde pudimos aprender del origen de cada producto, su historia y sus usos.

Al final de la semana el grupo participó en una lección de baile latino donde aprendieron los ritmos más bailados en Costa Rica.

Albemarle 2019

 

We arrived the first day a little delayed but safe and went straight to CPI to meet our new families for the week. After heading to bed early, we were ready to start our first day of classes. After lots of new information and with our heads filled with new verbs, we started our first activity: cooking class. We ate and ate and with full stomachs we headed over to the next activity, dance class. Salsa and merengue were on the menu and it was hard! Good thing the air condition was on otherwise we would have collapsed.

 

The very next day after class was the first field trip, where we went to the Irazú volcano. As always, it was foggy and the wildlife was plentiful. Sadly, nobody was willing to sacrifice a virgin to the volcano to ensure good weather and fortune for the remainder of our trip – let's pray that we'll stay somewhat dry. The rest of the week was filled with a walking tour of San José and a visit to the La Paz waterfalls before we had a well deserved day of rest on Friday. This day was spent shopping for children's books in Spanish to help with the comprehension. We are teachers after all...

 

After having spent the weekend by the beach in national park Manuel Antonio, we arrived in Monteverde where our families were already waiting for us so we quickly went home and became acquainted with them and the friendly in house bugs living there as well.

The Monday was highlighted by a new day of classes and a walk on the hanging bridges of Sky Adventure. We could see all the way to San Fransisco and were lucky enough to see the green viper just chilling in the tree top.

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