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Peace Corps or Posh Corps?

When most of people think of Costa Rica they think of some of the most pristine beaches in the world. There is this perception of a beautiful vacation destination. A country without an army, a tropical paradise where people go … Continue reading

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Oh Christmas lights keep shining on

Despite the fact that Ticos have been playing Christmas music and putting up decorations since before Halloween, the holiday season came and went in a flash. Despite all the Christmas activities I helped with in my community, without the snow, … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a … Continue reading

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So it begins…

Sunday morning I was hiking through my host grandma’s coffee fields to the forest up the mountain to look at the Pacific Ocean, when my host mom handed me a machete and told me to take it with me to … Continue reading

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Gratitude is the Attitude: End of Training!

The past two weeks I have been flooded with all different kinds of emotions but one in particular has repetitively stood out: the feeling of gratitude. Twelve weeks of training have gone by and while at times it has been … Continue reading

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Coast to Coast and Back Again!

This past month was packed full. I made my way from the central valley, to the Caribbean coast, to the Pacific coast and finally back into the central valley. I also found out the exciting and much anticipated news of … Continue reading

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The Pura Vida Begins!

Friday will mark the first month of my Peace Corps experience in Costa Rica. Time is a strange concept here. My first month of training has flown by and yet it feels like I have been gone for a lot … Continue reading

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