Fact:I’m moving to Costa Rica on January 6th. I grew up in a small coastal town just north of Boston (Rockport, MA) and have lived in Massachusetts my entire life. Needless to say, a move from New England to Central America is going to be a drastic change!
No, I am NOT moving to Costa Rica to surf (though I’m excited to try it!). My boyfriend Ross and I were accepted into a WorldTeach yearlong program. We are volunteering through them and working with the Costa Rican Ministry of Education who has placed us in a Bilingual School in La Fortuna. There we will be working with Primary school students (Kinder-6th grade) teaching English and Science in English.
Yes, I am nervous and scared and excited and overwhelmed and anxious and ahhhh! My Espanol is only at about a beginner’s level (I’ve taken some classes but never, ever practice it) and I have never lived with a host family or even formally taught before. I am completely throwing myself into something new and unknown. I am very happy to be doing this with Ross and getting to share this experience with someone I love. We have both always wanted to volunteer and live abroad, and now we are actually doing it!
So, this big life change is my lame excuse at failing at blogging (yet again). BUT the more I think about it, I need to get over myself and my excuses and get blogging! This is probably one of the most important times in my life to blog. It serves as a journal in the way that it allows me to jot down and release all my thoughts, feelings, emotions (virtual therapy!), it also will help my friends and family keep up with me while I’m gone (because I’ve heard the cellphone service in third world countries is really lacking these days J) and hopefully it will inspire others hoping to travel abroad, volunteer somewhere or just fulfill a big life dream (despite the obvious uncertainty and difficulties that come with it)
For now, I’m doing tons of yoga to keep my mind and body clear during this transitional time. I’ve been taking yoga classes at Exhale Boston and North End Yoga and LOVING them. Exhale has a great 7 day trial deal. Only $40 for a week of UNLIMITED classes (I’m trying their Core Fusion tomorrow for the first time and I. Can’t. Wait.)
Oh, and about that happy healthy stuff, I’m looking at Costa Rica as a new challenge for that! While I’m looking forward to the fresh fruit and delicious coffee, I’ve heard the main Tico diet of Gallo Pinto is way high in starch and rice and seriously lacking in the vegetable department. They also tend to fry a lot of their food… Perhaps I can also teach health and nutrition in English there in my spare time?