Arriving in Costa Rica

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Training center in Cartago

As of tomorrow (2/29), I will officially be in Costa Rica for one week! It doesn’t feel like I’ve been here that long since Tuesday – Friday, February 23-26 was spent at our training retreat covering a slewwww of different topics related to our upcoming service (healthcare, safety, post locations, Peace Corps values and goals, icebreakers, team building activities, etc.). BUT, I just gotta mention how exciting it is to be here. Anyone who has ever considered, applied, or served in the Peace Corps knows that just getting to this point of arriving in country is a long and emotional journey. So, to actually fo real be here is so amazing and exciting.

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  • Exciting Key Points:
    I don’t need to bore anyone (including myself) with a detailed narration of my first week. Here are some highlights:
  • Tico 31 (the name they give to the groups serving) is comprised of two different sectors, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Community Economic Development (CED).
  • Our group of 38 arrived at the Houston International Airport at 5am on Tuesday (2/23) morning to depart for Costa Rica. After standing at the American Airlines check-in station for 30 minutes we found out we needed to be at United Airlines. We had to take a tiny It’s a Small World-esque subway ride to terminal E from terminal A (not close). Our ride broke along the way and some of us had to walk at least half a mile to terminal E with 100+ pounds of luggage. Off to a good start.

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  • Our training site in Cartago had wifi, warm showers, delicious food, and an amazing view of San José.
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Gallo pinto (rice and beans) eggs, fruit and natilla (sour cream-ish)
  • A group of us woke up at 5:30am on the last day of our training session and did a HIIT workout while watching the sun rise. #FitCorps
  • I was surprised and delighted to see the majority of in-country Peace Corps Costa Rica staff are actually locals. They all seem extremely happy and passionate about the Cuerpo de Paz (Peace Corps).
  • I saw a MASSIVE toad. Upon further investigation, I discovered it is a Giant Toad or Cane Toad (in Spanish Sapo Grande) and it emits toxins from its neck. The toxins are so poisonous they can kill a crocodile. Yeah.
  • Everyone in Tico 31 is totally awesome.
  • I haven’t stopped drinking coffee and I don’t plan to any time soon.
  • GAH sloth money

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