With only a few short days left in Costa Rica (and spending another day in bed recovering) I was thinking about the highlights of travelling so far.
*It has to start with meeting two lovely aussies gals on the stopover. Pretty sure we all would have gone insane without each other!!
*Meeting some other wonderful volunteers (heading to both the same area as me, and to the other side of Costa RIca) and going out for dinner (without being run over!)
*Teaching Hannah to bodysurf, watching her achieve the perfect hairflip as she came out of the water (and then nearly getting smashed by the waves) – oh, and spending the entire time we were in the water singing “under the sea” (from The Little Mermaid)
*Working with the kids. Adorable, funny, smart (and just so keen on soccer… I’ll never understand their (or the ‘boys’ – the volunteers) fascination with soccer!!!!).
*The people I am volunteering with – let me give you a run down:
Hannah (from the US) is a volunteer leader, and is always keen for drinks, the beach or pizza 😉 – she has only been here one extra week, so is learning with the rest of us;
David (from Scotland) is our other volunteer leader, he’s been here a few months now. Loves the beach and soccer, doesn’t drink or smoke (and pretty much all the volunteers here smoke)
Miranda (from England) has worked with play based teaching before, using it with kids who were visiting their fathers in prison. She will end up with the most quotes on the quote board, just for mishearing everything!! (“Slapdog? Who is slapdog?”)
Lindsay (aka Lin, Linny) from Scotland. I’ve never heard someone say YOLO so many times – apparently she’s here to “YOLO it all over Costa RIca”. One of my roomies and absolutely lovely.
Chris (better know as MC Slack back home, or Slack Daniels, or Slacky) also from England, had a contract as a rapper at one stage (although we still haven’t heard him – apparently he is waiting until he knows us all well…) My other roomie, and he carried my bag up the bloody hill, so he’s one of my favs 😉
Chloe (from England) Knows a billion languages (spending 3months here for uni, and is going to russia for 3 months as well). Has a love of lace, short skirts and dresses haha. Isn’t loving the GVI t-shirts we have to wear.
Jani (from the US) a recent retiree who thought she’d come do this to shake up her life a bit! Absolutely lovely lady!
Barbara (aka Baba) from Switzerland! Knows about 5 languages, starts randomly talking in German and loves photography. A spider bit her on her foot on the first night, so she wasn’t impressed. Absolutely wonderful girl, we’ve already starting planning a holiday together haha.
We also have Christina (Chris) and Blaine who are the local and country coordinators 🙂
I’ve only known these people just over a week, but I they’re already people I’ll never stop being friends with. I LOVE TRAVELLING!!
I’ll update you all again soon, but for now I’m going outside to watch the Toucans and monkey!