45 new Volunteers in Costa Rica

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Screaming and crying members of ACI, laughing volunteers - and some lessons to be learned. The one hour roleplay was definitely one of the highlights of this year`s orientation seminar at FOS – but by far not the only one. Five days that thought the 45 new volunteers  the “Do`s” and “Dont`s” of Costa Rica and provided an insight into culture and the country itself. Now everyone know that “pura vida” is THE answer to almost everything and rice and beans will accompany everyone for the next months. That the traffic in San Josè can be insane and they have to be careful as hell if they don´t want to get hit by a car. That football is not just a sport but a religion. That (as a guy) they shouldn´t wear short pants and flip flops if they want to be taken seriously. That sun blocker is important – and an umbrella even more.  That they might be confronted with prejudices and it`s up to them to refute them. But the most important thing:  That they arrived in one of the most beautiful places in the world and their experience is just about to begin.

After this five days the 45 chicos y chicas were almost ready for their adventure. But well, since Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country, they had to practice their language skills with the spanish teacher Oscar, who did his best to prepare them for the next six or twelve months. In between the young adults did some field tests and went to different bars in San Pedro, San Antonio and other parts of the town. Pilsen or Imperial? That´s a tough one not yet to be solved. They even took dancing lessons – but work is still in progress - and maybe ever will ;-).

So what´s left to say? We wish all of you some awesome months in our beautiful country. May the force be with you all for the upcoming experience!

 

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So what´s left to say? Thank you Mauricio, Jessica, Mariel and all the Co-Workers for three awesome weeks. May the force be with us all for the upcoming experience!Screaming and crying members of ACI, laughing volunteers - and some lessons to be learned. The one hour roleplay was definitely one of the highlights of this year`s orientation seminar at FOS – but by far not the only one. Five days that thought us the “Do`s” and “Dont`s” of Costa Rica and provided an insight into culture and the country itself. Now we know that “pura vida” is THE answer to almost everything and rice and beans will accompany us for the next months. That the traffic in San Josè can be insane and you have to be careful as hell if you don´t want to get hit by a car. That football is not just a sport but a religion. That (as a guy) you shouldn´t wear short pants and flip flops if you want to be taken seriously. That sun blocker is important – and an umbrella even more. That going to the doctor is better than sitting in a wheelchair. That we might be confronted with prejudices and it`s up to us to refute them. But the most important thing:  That we arrived in one of the most beautiful places in the world and our experience is just to begin.
After this five days we were almost ready for our adventure. But well, since we are in a Spanish speaking country, we had to practice our language skills with Oscar, who did his best to prepare us for the next six or twelve months. In between we did some field tests and went to different bars in San Pedro, San Antonio and other parts of the town. Pilsen or Imperial? That´s a tough one not yet to be solved. We even took dancing lessons – but work is still in progress (and maybe ever will).
After almost three weeks finally the day had come: at the 9th September we all came together for one last “salud” in a very nice place called Stereo Sushi. Some of us drank more, some less – but we all had a very good time up there in the 9th floor.
So what´s left to say? Thank you Mauricio, Jessica, Mariel and all the Co-Workers for three awesome weeks. May the force be with us all for the upcoming experienc
 
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