Estelar News

Our two full-time English teachers, a Spanish teacher, and the director.

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).

The 'Tope' is a typical Costa Rican parade with horses, masked clowns, and marching bands.

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.

Our scholarship student, Glendys, with her teacher, Bethany.

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!


11 responses to “Estelar News

  1. Congratulations on all these great activities and projects! I can’t imagine an entire week or 10 days of parties, but I hear that’s what happens in Liberia. What are the thrilling rides? On bulls??
    Kudos for “getting a round tuit” so well!! I need to find one of those gizmos myself. I remember seeing one hanging on a friend’s wall, years ago. A round tuit. 🙂

    • Thanks, Connie! The rides are similar to those you would see at a fair in the U.S. – bumper cars, a rollar coaster, a rocking boat, spinning cups, etc. The bulls are ridden by cowboys and chased around by a bunch of drunk people, some of whom get hurt! I went to my first bull event last night, and it was pretty entertaining. As always, thanks for reading!

  2. Exemplary strides in education. Thank you for your labor of love in this endeavor.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Peter!

      • Peter Pardee

        Always good to see how you’re impacting lives, really your part in making ours a
        better world. Note my new e-mail address.
        I don’t know if you do much on Facebook (I like to call it Spacebook), but
        I’ve suggested you to my second cousin Sarah Elizabeth Pardee as FB friend. She
        lived in Costa Rica for a few years, and is now at Boston University studying
        culinary arts, with the purpose of becoming a food writer.

      • Thank you, Peter. I’m sure that Sarah Elizabeth and I will have a lot to talk about!

      • Peter Pardee

        Thank you, Bethany. I’m gradually phasing out my old e-mail address, so submit my new one: A question: do you encourage your students to be multi-lingual?

      • Of course! They already speak Spanish, and they take English classes to learn English. Being bilingual has huge advantages.

      • But being multi-lingual…hmmm, I think it’s fantastic if they can do it, but I’ve been studying Spanish for over 10 years now, and I still don’t feel ready to take on another language!

      • Peter Pardee

        English and Spanish are perhaps enough for you to manage, but Asian,
        middle eastern and European languages may some day be part of
        the curriculum once you have some on board who are capable linguists.

      • Interesting thought, Peter!

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