I tried, I really did. But this whole back to school Masters thing is just going to have to a) be put on hold or b) enter the discard pile. It was a responsible and logical step at the time but after hours of studying, cold Minnesota nights in my basement room and that little glitch of a break up, I have redirected my near future to be a tad more me-friendly.
Monkeys, big trees, poverty stricken children and equator-like climate? Maybe I’ll like these things? I guess I’ll find out in seven weeks. I’m moving to Costa Rica in January. I will be “working” (for free room and board) at the Sarapiqui Conserve Learning Center in the lowlands of the Rainforest. The six surrounding communities have elementary schools with poor english education and no high schools. Most of them do not attend school past the sixth grade. Because tourism is a very large working sector for the Ticos, (as they affectionately refer to themselves) English curriculum is important for their future career opportunities. I will be leading classes for both students and the parents of students along with creating curriculum to be used for other teachers.
While helping children is definitely a plus I am more excited to learn about the booming industry of eco-tourism. The Center hosts groups and individuals that come through to learn about the culture (through dance, cooking classes, story telling…) and then help with a community project (planting trees, restoring churches, making sidewalks…). I am thinking I want to branch into that industry, but I will have to find out if I like it first!
It feels good to have travel on the life itinerary again. Now it is simply time to save up as much money as I can until take off. My nana came over today with a stack of books from the library with titles such as, “Exploring Costa Rica,” and “Living Abroad in Costa Rica.” Finally something to study that won’t bore me to tears.