Spring break and travel go hand in hand. For many students, that means spending a week in the sunshine somewhere beautiful. For GVI alternative spring break volunteers, that means spending a week in the sun somewhere beautiful while contributing to impactful projects....
On July 11th, 2016, I arrived in Quepos for the second time. I felt less nervous, more prepared and definitely excited. This is my second year volunteering here in Quepos; I spent four weeks in June 2015 with GVI, also on the teaching English program. After my time...
It was my second week as a volunteer in the Community Development Project in el Cocal when we were met with the news that the school we work in was taking part in a nation-wide teacher strike. For the children this would be a cause for celebration – no school! But for...
“Education is for improving the lives of others and leaving the community and world better than you found it.” – Martan Wright Edelman The community that I am supporting and educating through GVI is called El Cocal. Cocal is an illegal community predominately occupied...
Enough said! Just kidding, it's really not that bad. But one thing you must remember when deciding Costa Rica is the bugs. The trick is to make friends with them. If you read the field guide, you'll see the living conditions described as 'basic'. This for me is an...
The last 2 weeks have seen a significant change in the way GVI Quepos operates and implements English and other studies to the children of El Cocal. The staff at our base decided to trial a new course which implements Social emotional learning (SEL) with a creative...
This week, we put on a summer camp for the children of El Cocal, a small, isolated community in Quepos full of active and warm hearted children. As it is currently the school holidays in the area, the week consisted mainly of fun activities such as games, arts and...
During my summer I spent a month in Costa Rica, with a volunteering organisation called GVI. Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered on the north by Nicaragua, Panama at the South and the Caribbean and the Pacific on the East and West respectively. The...
On Tuesday of this week, after a day of helping out teaching English in Damas school community Quepos, I travelled to El Cocal to assist in teaching the Adult English program in the school there. Being an illegal island community I was interested to see the standard...
'Winter Camp' From early to mid-July students at most primary schools in Costa Rica have a two week-long break from classes, which is more or less equivalent to the length of time most schools shut in Europe and North America for the Christmas break. The wet season...
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