Teaching in Costa Rica was an amazing experience. I felt that I came to appreciate the Costa Rican way of life. I learned a lot about their education systems, the people of Costa Rica, and what life looked like on a day-to-day basis.
I worked in several schools teaching English. Being a 4th grade teacher in Connecticut, I found this a great opportunity to see how school systems work in a different country. The first two weeks I worked in a private school for grades 1, 2, and 3. The second two weeks I worked in the public school for grades 4, 5, and 6. Splitting my time this way painted a vivid picture of how elementary education is viewed in Costa Rica.
Working in the schools of Costa Rica I met interesting people who helped me get accustomed to the culture. I met new people in the school where I was working and also during my stay with my host mom. Living with a host mom is a wonderful way to experience living someplace new.
My host mom, or as I called her my Mama Tica (Costa Rican mom), welcomed me into her home with open arms. She cooked Costa Rican dishes immersing me into their cuisine and took me around town informing me of the do’s and don’ts. Everyone was extremely helpful, friendly, and honest. Pura Vida is the Costa Rican way of life and after living there for a month I started to find myself living by that same motto.