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Teaching English- A new Focus

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...

Que Te Pasa Calabaza

Que Te Pasa Calabaza

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...

El Cocal: A hidden community

El Cocal: A hidden community

“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...

Frogs, Ghosts, and Friendly Hosts

Frogs, Ghosts, and Friendly Hosts

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...

Smiles that Melt Your Heart

Smiles that Melt Your Heart

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...

¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!

¡Pura Vida Costa Rica!

  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...

A day at Adult English

A day at Adult English

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...

Kite Festival Fun

Kite Festival Fun

It was truly a privilege to attend the El Cocal Kite Festival. El Cocal, of all the communities GVI Quepos works in, struggles the most with poverty, crime, drugs, and a lack of a sense of community. Yet every year, the whole community comes together to hold this...

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