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My time with GVI was the most rewarding, inspiring and fulfilling experience to date. I signed up for Teaching English which meant I was able to work with adults as well as the children. I have always loved working with others and so this programme gave me a chance to explore that. The children were incredible. Despite all they have had to overcome they still expressed such joy and kindness and I thoroughly loved working with them. We would set up arts and crafts, play interactive games, teach songs and on one day we even arranged a treasure hunt! Through GVI it was possible to help and positively impact on their lives by introducing English in a fun and communicative way.  Working within the community of El Cocal was overwhelming and truly incredible. I was able to see the difference in lifestyle and the hardships experienced by these people. This made me want to help and GVI provided a platform to do this. I am grateful to have been a part of this and for having a chance to build a relationship with the people of El Cocal.  Moreover, working with the adults in the Teaching English programme was undeniably extremely rewarding. The students truly wanted to learn and through being there I was able to see them grow and help them in their goal of learning another language. Although some of the students have again been through lot, it was their determination and spirit that struck a chord with me. I felt like I was making a difference and their response and development was amazing to see. It is hard to articulate the profound effect the experience had on me but it has certainly highlighted my strong interest in this area and stimulated a desire to expand my volunteering efforts.  Aside from life on project this experience also gave me a chance to explore the surrounding beauty of Costa Rica. The wildlife was amazing and I was lucky enough to see many nature sights and animals such as sloths, monkeys, toucans and sharks.   An additional highlight of these past 6 weeks was the friendships I made and the people I met along the way. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people who, like me, shared the same passion for altruistic work and who I hope to remain friends with for life. In the programme I was always made to feel so at home and that is a difficult thing to achieve in an entirely unfamiliar country. The staff on base were incredibly kind and through living there we became a little family. I will never forget the memories I have shared in that house and the constant atmosphere of happiness was a central part of the experience for me.  I now feel like I have a home in Costa Rica and for that reason, among others, this experience will forever resonate with me.