I’m done with the Chepe life and the Schools for Fools campaign. I’m glad to have gotten some independence in San Jose, some privacy in renting a room, and a form of income for a little while. It’s good to know I can get a decent paying job in Costa Rica and speaking English puts me at a great advantage than most ticos who are unfortunately not as qualified. It was a great ego-booster to have gotten hired here, after fighting for some kind of employment in New York City for 2 months. After a while, I did begin to feel overqualified for a call center, but I also understand one must possess a certain don (skill) for those kind of sales position. I don’t know if it’s the tone of your voice, the gift of gab, or the tactful persuasiveness that some people naturally possess, but I definitely know that I wouldn’t last happily at that job for too long.
In honor of the campaign, here are a list of the top 8 most unique names I came across:
8. Vernelious (too close to venerial)
4. Bienvenido (This name means welcome in Spanish, but thank God at least it was a man)
3. Latofia (Girl, get that laffy taffy)
1. Idionna (this name sounds too close to ‘Idiot’)
Counting down my last month in Costa Rica, I am now moving on to the next part of my adventures here. Come Monday, I’ll be volunteering with a Learning Center in a rural part of Costa Rica. Volunteering is what I wanted to do from jump, so I’m glad to have found an organization who’s focus is conservation, educating tourists, and most importantly giving back to the community. When I tell people I’m going to volunteer, the conversations usually go like this:
Random Person: That’s cool, how much are they paying?
GT: Nothing, I’m going to be giving back for free.
RP: Are they offering room and board?
GT: No, some programs don’t have enough funding to house and feed their volunteers.
RP: So, you’re paying to work for free?
GT: (Cheesy Answer) Because what I’m getting in return is priceless.
(Real Answer) Because that’s how I want to give back.
I believe that volunteering is such a meaningful experience, that I’m willing to pay to use my gifts. Now I know that there are some exorbitant fees tied with some programs, but it’s all about doing your research and making sure that there’s no 3rd-party intercepting most of that money because the cost of living in some developing countries is really cheap. I found that trying to find a good program that was the best fit for me took me coming to Costa Rica and searching while here. Ideally, I would have liked to have everything set up before I left but it didn’t happen that way. Bottom line is I’m doing what I came here for before I bounce!
I’m excited about ‘unplugging’ from all the luxuries that city life brings like traffic jams, malls, high-speed internet and noise! Over the next 3 weeks I hoped to do more of the things I always get distracted from doing more of; things like reading, writing, thinking, and praying. The regularly scheduled program will be on pause for a minute, but I will be back in August with some new episodes!
Wish me the best as I try to make a difference in the world!
4 thoughts on “On to the Next One”
Great post. You have had an amazing experience and adventure. I can’t wait to hear about these upcoming journeys. Just make sure you make the most out of it and enjoy yourself.
What Jsin said….
You are truly unselfish and giving. I’d like to think I would do what you are doing, given the opportunity but I’m not 100% that would be the case.
I’m happy to hear that you found what you really wanted to do. 🙂
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