We would like to give our readers an update of what is happening in our corner of the world here in Liberia, Costa Rica. This year has been very exciting so far! We now have over 100 English students – 35 of which are kids! – and we have successfully started a Spanish immersion program, in which we have a small handful of students. Our staff is a little bigger now, with three English teachers (and a fourth one on the way), all from the U.S., and two Spanish teachers (Costa Rican, of course).
We have been enjoying the Liberia fiestas that last for 10 days and draw people from all over the country. Every morning at 5am, there is a wake-up call that involves very loud explosions (they sound like bombs) and marching bands playing at full volume in pick-up trucks circling the neighborhoods. At noon, there is a parade that passes right in front of the school, and at the local fairgrounds, people can dance, eat, drink, watch bull riders, or go on thrilling rides all day and night.
We are working on several community projects, like going to a nearby public school to conduct activities for kids and conversation clubs for English teachers, and holding a weekly Reading Club for kids in the community. We are proud sponsers of an older woman who is learning how to read and a 10-year old who is in our Kid’s English Program thanks to our association with Manos Abiertas, a non-profit organization that does important work in the poorest neighborhood in Liberia.
In conclusion, we are happy to really be getting around to things, which is the title and theme of this blog!