First week of school

Hello again! This past week Jared and I embraced our second biggest adventure here in Costa Rica, teaching in an international school. As we were taking our 10 minute walk to schphoto (8)ool chatting away, we agreed we were both probably more excited and nervous than the kids, but it didn’t take long for those jittery feelings to subside. When we stepped in the school, which was an hour before class started, we got our first taste of what school spirit really means. We were greeted by a group of enthusiastic seniors who were decorating the hall in their colors and spray painting “SENIORS” across their twenty-one lockers. Despite the fact that the school only has 204 students in grades preschool through twelfth grade, they had so much spirit we had to do a double take and make sure it wasn’t the last day of school.                                                                                         Wall of Life painted by entire student body

5As my sweet 3rd graders came barreling in, I didn’t know if I should run or drink a few more Dr. Peppers to get me ready for their energy level. I watched as my girls were tackling each other to the ground in hugs and running to love on their old teachers, it didn’t take me long to realize that I was in the right place. It didn’t take Jared too long either as he was astounded by the fact that he made it through one whole week of teaching middle and high school students who did not cuss, talk back, lay their heads down, or even complain once. He was even thanked after class a few times just because he taught. We are well photo (9)aware that we are still in the honeymoon period, but we are also aware that this type of school spirit and idea of community does not exist everywhere.

I think it is safe to say that we have had a great but tiring first week. We’re learning the ins and outs of not only a new school, but we’re still learning about the culture, too.  For example, I’ve learned that when someone leans in close to your face, that means they are going to give you a friendly kiss on the cheek, you shouldn’t continue to yell in their ear…oops! I was immediately reminded that I’m a gringo, and I still have plenty to learn.


Here are a few more pictures of our school. When the school has a special event, they roast their own coffee beans.

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               Elementary Building                                                              Coffee Plantation & Picnic Area



2 thoughts on “First week of school

  1. My husband and I just got married and Costa Rica and would love to move there. I am a teacher and was wondering how you got into teaching down there. I would appreciate any information you could give me. Thanks!


    1. Our method for finding a school was simply to send out our resumes and cover letters to as many schools as possible in areas in which we had some interest in teaching. The State Dept. has list of international schools here:
      There are agencies that will help you get into job fairs and find a placement, but we opted to try our luck without them.
      If you are hoping to do it next year, now is the time to start sending out resumes. Much of the international hiring is done between now and March. Good luck!


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