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My experience in Costa Rica was the best experience of my life. The first month was hard for me with the language barrier and the structure of the project but I got used to it and I feel that I was able to really benefit from the programme in all areas. I had a varied day during the week starting in kindergarten then the community centre. I also was able to teach adult English which at first I was a bit apprehensive about but ended up really enjoying. The children are amazing a bit rough around the edges but the most special and wonderful children I had every worked with. Life at the volunteer house and on the project with all the volunteers and staff has created unforgettable memories. The staff were friendly and great at their job, they were always around if you had a problem to help and guide you. Interview **Why did you choose to do an internship with GVI?** I wanted to see if I enjoyed teaching and I wanted to go away for a long time so I could fully immerse myself in the programme. ** How did your internship help you achieve your personal and professional goals?** My internship helped me achieve my goals by achieving the first aid certificate which I need now for type of job I am now looking to do. It helped me realise that there are many different ways of teaching children and communicating with them rather than just talking to them. I was able to do leading days which challenged me, as I was organising my friends to do a task but still had to be professional so it would be done right. I feel that at the end of my internship I had managed to build lovely relationships with the children and the staff. **Has your GVI internship helped you develop your career and be more employable? Would you recommend your internship from a professional and personal development perspective?** I think my internship has helped me develop my career and has made me more employable because firstly it is something very different to what anyone else has done, not many people can say that they spent six months teaching English in Costa Rica. I think it has made me stand out more when people are looking through my CV. I would recommend it from a professional and personal development perspective because personally I know I developed so much over the months. I overcame boundaries, thanks to the help of the staff, such as not being able to communicate with the children because of my lack of Spanish I found other ways to communicate with the children and that will definitely help me in my career. On a professional level I have seen how a programme has to be run and I was glad to be part of the staff team.

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