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Happy Childrens’ Day – Feliz Dia del Niño


September 9, 2016.

The little ones in the house are very happy, anxiously awaiting a special date, September 9, because it’s the celebration of little boys and little girls in Costa Rica. Likewise, many adults with their inner child alive and well also like to celebrate this day.

 On this special day, centers of education prepare an incredible day of fun for the little ones. Cultural and recreational activities are organized so that the kids can show off and have fun, dancing, laughing, playing games and smiling. And do you know what is the best part of this day? Yes, the sweets! The icecreams, bags of treats cake and best of all, presents!

 With a day like this full of candies and being spoiled, wouldn’t you like to be a kid your whole life? Well I would! And clearly if you check your Facebook these days, you’ll see a ton of pictures of teenagers that say to each other, “We should’ve stayed small forever! We were such little angels.”

 The important thing is to remember on this day our childhood and to fight for the rights of children in Costa Rica so that they will live and grow in a peaceful environment, with love around them, being educated and having the freedom that they deserve.

Enjoy your day, kids! Don’t eat too much candy!

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Los pequeños de la casa están muy felices esperando con ansias una fecha muy especial, el 9 de setiembre, pues se celebra el Día del Niño y la Niña en Costa Rica. Asimismo más de un adulto, que tiene vivo a su “niño o niña interior”, también le gusta celebrar este día.

 En esta fecha tan especial, los centros educativos preparan un increíble día libre para los pequeños. Se organizan actividades culturales y recreativas en las que entre carcajadas, bailes, juegos y sonrisas ellos pueden compartir y lucirse en sus mejores galas. Y ¿sabe usted qué es lo mejor de este día? ¡Sí, las golosinas! ¡Los helados, las bolsitas de confites, el queque y mejor aún el regalo!

 Con un día así de tantos chineos y dulces, acaso ¿no le gustaría ser un niño o niña para toda la vida? ¡Pues, a mi sí! Y más claro está si usted revisa su perfil de Facebook en estas fechas, porque verá el montón de fotos de “güilas” que se dicen entre sí: “¡mejor nos hubiéramos quedado pequeños!” Éramos todos unos angelitos.

 Lo importante de esta fecha es que debemos celebrarla recordando nuestra niñez y como adultos velar por los derechos de los niños y niñas costarricenses. Para que vivan y crezcan en un ambiente de paz, amor, educación y libertad que merecen.

 ¡Feliz día güilas! No se abusen con los confites.

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!/ ¡Felíz Día de las Madres!


We can all agree that one day a year is not enough to express the love we have for our moms. And no gift that we choose can be great enough to perfectly honor the fact that our moms brought us into the world and have loved us for our entire lives.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are forever indebted to our mothers. That’s why every August 15th in Costa Rica we ask ourselves, and now what can I give my mom? We make a long list in our minds of possibilities on the market, which bombards us with options of different products that would obligate us to set aside a big chunk of our paycheck to finance the endeavor. Which is the best gift: perfume, a blouse, a purse, an electronic or maybe a massage?

Let’s stop for a moment and analyze the situation. They dedicate their lives to see us grow up and be happy, without ever needing to go to a store and buy “love” to give us. The best Mother’s Day gift is all of the love, respect, understanding and dedication that we can shower on them. A few more days of the year should be dedicated to recognize the value of our moms, but the best thing would be to celebrate our moms each of the  365 days of the year…just because they deserve it. 

I promise to love you and you’ll always have a place in my heart.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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Todos estamos de acuerdo en que no basta un solo día al año para celebrar el gran amor que tenemos por nuestras mamás. Mucho menos, un regalo lo suficientemente grande o perfecto que iguale el hecho de habernos traído al mundo para amarnos para toda la vida.

 Sí damas y caballeros, estamos en deuda con nuestras mamás. Por algo cada 15 de agosto caemos en la gran duda de, ¿y ahora que le regalo a mi mamá? Hacemos un listado en la cabeza de las diferentes opciones que nos ofrece el mercado, quien nos bombardea con diferentes opciones de productos, que a menudo nos obligan a dejar buena parte de la quincena en estos negocios. ¿Qué es mejor regalo: un perfume, una blusa, un bolso, algún electrodoméstico o talvez un masaje?

Debemos hacer un alto y analizar bien la situación. Ellas dedican su vida para vernos crecer y ser felices, sin necesidad de ir a una tienda y comprar “amor” para darnos. El mejor regalo del día de las madres es el amor, el respeto, la comprensión, y la dedicación que podamos brindarles. Deberían existir un par de días más en los que se les reconozca su valor, pero lo mejor sería que la celebración se llevara a cabo cada uno de los 365 del año… solo porque ellas se lo merecen.

 Prometo amarte y llevarte siempre en mi corazón.

¡Feliz día mamá!

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Happy Fathers Day/ Felíz Día del Padre


In Costa Rica, as in many countries, Father’s Day was celebrated this past Sunday, June 19. In Costarican culture, this day is celebrated in a ceremony among family where multiple generations get together to share a special dinner.

Along with presents and hugs, the family tells stories that showcase their father’s greatness. These anecdotes include all of the “firsts”: first diaper change, first time teaching us to ride a bike without training wheels, and taking us to our first day of kindergarten. Jokingly we recall story after story from when we were little and Dad made the day.

Even though we grow up to be adults, every step we take in life is as if we were taking the first. Let’s go champ! Let’s go princess! You can do it, keep going! They are words of love, support and motivation that give us strength along the way.

Thank you to all the fathers for your wise words, corrections and lessons that you give us, for the smiles and tears that we have lived together and most of all, for the unconditional love.

Happy Fathers Day!

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En Costa Rica como en muchos países se celebra el Día del Padre este domingo 19 de Junio. En la cultura costarricense este día se celebra en una ceremonia familiar donde generaciones se reúnen para compartir una cena familiar.

Entre regalos y abrazos se comparten pequeñas historias donde la experiencia paterna sale a relucir. Esas anécdotas de padres primerizos que se las ingeniaban para cambiar un pañal, cuando nos enseñaron a conducir una bicicleta sin “rueditas” o cuando nos acompañaron a nuestro primer día de clases. Son un sin fin de historias de cuando éramos pequeños que entre carcajadas son recordadas.

Y a pesar de que crezcamos hasta ser adultos, para ellos cada paso que damos en la vida es como cuando dimos los primeros. ¡Vamos campeón!, ¡Vamos princesa!, ¡Usted puede, siga adelante! Son las palabras de amor, soporte y aliento que nos respaldan en nuestro camino.

Gracias papás por las sabias palabras, las correcciones y enseñanzas que nos dan, por las sonrisas y el llantos que vivimos juntos(as) y sobre todo, por el amor incondicional.

¡Feliz Día del Padre!

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No Leaks This Season / Sin fugas esta temporada


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If you follow our blog, you may remember Vera. Vera is on the staff at Instituto Estelar where she does an amazing job of keeping our school clean and beautiful. She is a single mom who works very hard to provide for her family. Her two children are happy, healthy, and able to attend English classes at our institute thanks to generous donators who want to help them improve their situation.

Vera is very humble and does not like to ask for help. However, with the rainy season upon us, she found that her house has various leaks and is prone to flooding. Although her home is basically made of simple sheet metal, it is surprisingly expensive to buy the materials necessary to fix the problems. The repairs, which come out to be about $400, are much more than she can afford.

Please help fix Vera’s house! Even a small donation can make a big difference for Vera and her children. If you are able to help, please contact us at info@estelarcr.com to find out how you can give.

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Si usted sigue nuestros blog, recordarás a Vera. Vera es el personal en el Instituto Estelar donde ella hace un trabajo increíble de mantener nuestra escuela limpia y hermosa. Ella es una madre soltera que trabaja muy duro para mantener a su familia. Sus dos hijos son felices, saludables y puedan asistir a clases de inglés en nuestro Instituto gracias a generosos donantes que desean ayudarles a mejorar su situación.

Vera es muy humilde y no le gusta pedir ayuda. Sin embargo, con la temporada de lluvias sobre nosotros, ella encontró que su casa tiene varias filtraciones y es propensa a las inundaciones. Aunque su casa está básicamente hecha de chapa simple, es sorprendentemente caro comprar los materiales necesarios para solucionar los problemas. Las reparaciones, que vienen a ser unos 400 dólares, son mucho más de lo que puede permitir.

Por favor ayude a arreglar la casa de Vera. Incluso una pequeña donación puede hacer una gran diferencia para Vera y sus hijos. Si eres capaz de ayudar, por favor contáctenos en info@estelarcr.com para averiguar cómo usted puede donar.

A Year of Awesome Students and Staff / Un año de estudiantes y personal sobresalientes


It has been one year since we started recognizing the amazing people of Instituto Estelar in the form of Stellar Teacher of the Month and Student of the Month — “Estelares del Mes.” We are so proud to have such incredible staff and students that make our school great! We want to recognize this achievement one more time and thank them for their hard work, positive attitudes, and stellar dedication.

Ha pasado un año desde que comenzamos a  hacer reconocimiento a la increíble gente del Instituto Estelar, escogiendo un profesor y  un estudiante del mes – los estelares del mes. Estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros estudiantes y personal  del instituto! Queremos reconocer otra vez  su gran logro, duro trabajo, actitud positiva y su dedicación!

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Abril 2013: Greta y Teo

Mayo 2013: Melody y Ana Maria

Junio 2013: Merlyn y Lee

Julio 2013: Manuel y Hellen

Agosto 2013: Sharai y Diego

Setiembre 2013: Brittany y Felipe

Octubre 2013: Rosa y Jasmine

Noviembre 2013: Gabriela

Diciembre 2013 y Enero 2014: Stephanie y Emily

Febrero 2014: Sonia y Charlotte

Marzo 2014: Kate y Amelia

Abril 2014: Kate y Valeria

 

Our English students are the best!


We are very proud to display more writing from our high intermediate English students, Yuran and Dinia. Their teachers submitted their writing to be published on this blog. Happy reading, and congratulations to these excellent students!

Memorable experience – Yuran

I’m going to tell about one of my best experiences.  It was when I was just 6 years old and I really liked the race car. I liked seeing car competitions on tv. My dad at that time participated in motorcycle racing and I started my experience with adrenaline. My dad took me to see racing in guacima highway and you have no idea I liked me to see to those cars close. My uncle brought a mini car from USA and I thought I will could use this car the front of my garage only for practices.

One day my dad told me we were going out to visit my grandparents and that was a lie because it was not going to be right there. It was a surprise to take me to a place where they had a highway. I was very happy I could not believe that. Then I went every weekend to practice because my intention was to have the goal…a professional competition but I knew it was a effort to training and could do it. When I was 7 and participate this competition, I remember it was a Sunday and I was very nervous to see this place so full. The first laps I feel good during the race and I had confidence. Not win the competition but I really enjoyed.  I remember I had the tv interviews and photos with all other participants. I could not continue to participate because it is very expensive sport and had to study. Also participate in motorcycle rally car events and water 4×4 when had more age.

 

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Yuran is the student sitting on the left side of teacher Nate. This is his English class at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe in Liberia, Costa Rica.

Trip Unforgettable – Dinia

This Easter week was wonderful because my boyfriend and me had 1 week off. So we planning visit different parts of Costa Rica that didn’t know before. We coordinate all necessary for the trip many weeks before because we wanted  that it was cheap, so we had to planning all very well. First I rented a car 1 month before, them I looked basic information and advice about the places to visit, and I coordinate the travel route. The places that were in our plans were: Zoological Tempisque, Barra Honda Caves and National Park Tenorio. For visit our first place we preparing: A car, cash, back pack, comfortable shoes for long hiking, food and beverage, repellent, sunblock, hat and camera. Zoological Tempisque is located in Rosario downtown. The way is long and most of the street doesn´t has good conditions, only from Liberia to Nicoya  there is paved street. When we arrive the tourist guide brings us the welcome and the tour.

This place open daily from 9am to 4pm. In this place we can see variety of wild animals like: Tapir, Scarlet Macaws, Monkeys, Emus, Ocelots, Small mountain tiger, crocodiles, Green iguanas, capibaras, Boa constrictors, Guatuzas, Tepezcuintle, danta, White tail deer and others.

To visit Tempisque Safari is an unforgettable experience, not only because you can observe and photograph an impressive variety of wild animals in their natural hábitat, but you can also interact with many of them.

Next day we went to visit Barra Honda Caves, for visit this place we prepared confortable and fresh cloth, shoes for long hiking, sunblock, camera and a lot water. Barra Honda is unique among the National Parks of Costa Rica its main attraction is an intricate large system of limestone cavers wich has a multitude of forms and figures. Before that people believed that Barra Honda was a volcano because they misinterpreted the whirring of bat wings for volcanic activity, and the aroma of guano for sulfur. The calcareous formation of the limestone caverns at the park are the main visitor attraction, wich are only estimated to be 50% explored. This place its really magic.

After that our final stop will be Tenorio National Park were we can find Rios Celeste.

The main visitor attraction there is Rio Celeste. Tenorio Volcano National Park a trip here involves a moderately challenging, but for me, was a big challenging of 3hrs hike through parks secondary forest, an effort that is well worth the trip. Two rivers merge into one at borbollones, a confluence where the minerals from the river and volcano meet and create the famous blue color. (sulfur and calcium carbonate). In addition to the colorful attraction of the water the river also has several thermal hot springs and a large waterfall. All the places that visit were wonderful, I recommended go to visit.

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Dinia is the student standing up! This is her English class with Sharai from California at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.

7 Pros and Cons of Being a Teacher in Costa Rica


PROS CONS
You live in Costa Rica – the most obvious pro is that you have the opportunity to live in an amazing place with beautiful beaches, national parks, waterfalls, and volcanoes to explore. You don’t live in your own country– it’s not easy to leave everything you know behind. Although you are living in an exquisite country, you are not in your own country and this can be difficult at times.
You get to meet people and make new friends – living in Costa Rica and traveling around Central America gives you the chance to meet people that you never would have met if you had stayed in your home country. You don’t get to see your old friends regularly – although Skype and Facebook make it possible to stay in touch with your good friends back home, it can be difficult at times because you can’t see them on a regular basis.
You have the chance to learn Spanish – although your job is 100% in English, everything else around you isn’t. This makes it easier to learn Spanish because you are not only immersed in it, but you need it at times to get what you want and need. You have to be patient to learn Spanish – learning Spanish takes time and it can be difficult, especially at the beginning, to understand. Hearing announcements, reading signs, and talking to people are some things that can make you feel nervous or uncomfortable when you don’t speak or understand very much of the language.
The weather – even in the rainy season, Costa Rica is always warm. Sweaters and jackets are rarely needed, whereas shorts and tank tops are always appropriate. The weather – there are days in Liberia when the heat is unbearable. Usually it is a dry heat, but during changing seasons, the humidity and heat make it difficult to sleep, walk to work, or go anywhere without a fan.
Expenses – things like rent, water and electricity, and traveling by bus are cheap when compared to prices in United States or Canada. Expenses – Costa Rica is quite expensive compared to the surrounding Latin American countries. This can make it difficult to save money. Things like food, clothes, shoes, and personal items are overpriced and often lack the quality that you would expect for paying such a high price. 
You can try new foods – moving to a new country gives you the opportunity to try the foods from the culture. You can also learn to cook typical dishes and add them into your recipe book to use now and in the future.  You may have to give up some culinary favorites – Some foods that you love may not be available here. If they are available, they may cost more than you are used to paying. While there are some very delicious foods in Costa Rica, the selection is different than what you might find in the United States or Canada.
You are able to live a very simple, carefree life – Costa Rica offers a pura vida lifestyle that makes it possible to relax and live a slow-paced life. You may get addicted to the simplicity – the longer our teachers stay in Costa Rica, the harder it can be for them to return to their home country.

What our teachers have to say:

Carrie: “Teaching in Costa Rica makes you feel like part of the community. There’s a great cultural exchange between the teachers and students that’s a lot of fun for everyone. Also, beaches!!!”

Stephanie: “It’s an amazing, beautiful place to live with nice people. But it’s so hot!”

Nate: “There is no better way to learn a language. It truly is an adventure.”

Sharai: “I love living in Costa Rica! Teaching is fun and it feels good to watch your students advance. I am worried though that I will never leave – I have already extended my stay 6 months!”

Kate: “Living and teaching in Costa Rica has been an adventure, for sure, but acclimating and adjusting to the culture was seamless; the people here have been warm and welcoming and while I may be over 3,000 miles from where I grew up, I’ve never felt as at home as I do in Costa Rica.”

Adam: “It’s definitely an immersive experience in a welcoming culture.  Teaching English in this environment is incredible – you feel useful and driven to give as much as you get.”

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PROS CONTRAS
Usted vive en Costa Rica – el más evidente  pro es que tiene la oportunidad de vivir en un sitio increíble, con hermosas playas, parques nacionales, cascadas y volcanes para explorar. Usted no vive en su propio país– no es fácil dejar atrás todo lo que conoce. A pesar de que vivirá en un exquisito país, no se encontrara en su propio país y esto puede ser difícil a veces. 
Llegar a conocer  gente y hacer nuevos amigos – viviendo en Costa Rica y viajando por América Central le da la oportunidad de conocer  gente que nunca habría conocido si se hubiera quedado en su país de origen. No puede ver a sus viejos amigos con regularidad – aunque con Skype y Facebook  es posible estar en contacto con sus amigos en casa, puede ser difícil a veces porque no se les puede ver personalmente.
Usted tiene la oportunidad de aprender español – aunque su trabajo es del 100% en inglés, todo lo demás que lo rodea no lo es. Esto hace que sea más fácil  aprender español, porque no sólo está inmerso en la cultura, también  necesita hablarlo para obtener lo que necesita y desea. Usted tiene que ser paciente para aprender español – aprender español lleva tiempo y puede ser difícil, sobre todo al principio. Cosas como entender  anuncios y rótulos,  hablar  con las personas  y lograr entenderles son algunas cosas que le pueden hacer sentirse nervioso o incómodo.
El tiempo – incluso en la temporada de lluvias, Costa Rica siempre es cálido. Suéteres y chaquetas raramente son necesarios en Liberia, mientras que los pantalones cortos y camisetas siempre son apropiados.  El tiempo – hay días en Liberia, que el calor es insoportable. Suele ser un calor seco, pero durante el cambio de estaciones, la humedad y el calor hacen difícil dormir, caminar al trabajo o ir a ninguna parte sin un ventilador.
Gastos – cosas como alquiler, agua, electricidad y viajar en bus son cosas baratas en comparación con los precios en Estados Unidos o Canadá. Gastos – Costa Rica es bastante caro en comparación con los países circundantes de América Latina. Esto puede hacer difícil ahorrar dinero. Cosas como alimentos, ropa, zapatos y objetos personales son demasiado caros y a menudo carecen de la calidad que usted esperaría para pagar por un precio tan alto.
Usted puede probar nuevos alimentos vivir en un país nuevo le da la oportunidad de probar los alimentos de la cultura. También  puede aprender a cocinar platos típicos y agregarlos a su libro de recetas!  Es posible que tenga que renunciar a algunas especialidades culinarias – Algunos alimentos que le gustan pueden no estar disponibles aquí. Si están disponibles, pueden costar más de lo que usted está acostumbrado a pagar. Si bien hay comidas deliciosas en Costa Rica, la selección es diferente a lo que se puede encontrar en los Estados Unidos o Canadá.
Usted es capaz de vivir una simple y despreocupada vida – Costa Rica ofrece una pura vida que hace posible relajarse y vivir  a un lento ritmo de vida. Usted puede ser adicto a la vida simple – entre más tiempo nuestros profesores permanecen en Costa Rica, más difícil es que quieran volver a su país de origen.

 

Lo que cuentan nuestros maestros:

Carrie: “Enseñar en Costa Rica te hace sentir como parte de la comunidad. Hay un gran intercambio cultural entre los profesores y estudiantes que es un montón de diversión para todos. Además, las playas!!!!!!”

Stephanie: “Es un lugar increíble, hermoso para vivir con gente agradable. ¡Pero qué calor!”
Nate: “No hay una mejor manera de aprender un idioma. Verdaderamente es una aventura.”
Sharai: “Me encanta vivir en Costa Rica. Enseñar es divertido y se siente bien ver a sus estudiantes avanzar. Me preocupa sin embargo que no voy a querer  irme – ya he ampliado mi estadía 6 meses!”
Kate: “Vivir y enseñar  en Costa Rica ha sido una aventura! Pero para adaptarme a la cultura y a la gente fue súper fácil; la gente aquí es muy cálida y acogedora. Y aunque este a  más de 3.000 millas del lugar donde nací y crecí, nunca me he sentido  en casa como lo hago en Costa Rica.”
Adam: “Definitivamente es una experiencia de inmersión en una cultura acogedora. Enseñar inglés en este ambiente es increíble, uno se siente impulsado a dar más de lo que puede y se siente súper  útil.”

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