My name is Valentina, and I’m doing my Internship in Costa Rica. First, I’d like to thank GEO, Centennial College, for giving me this amazing opportunity to travel, see a new country, learn new things, and grow personally and professionally. Here, on my blog, I will share my experience with you during the three month internship in Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa, Costa Rica.
My flight to Liberia took around 6 hours from Toronto, and it was totally worth waking up at 4 am to get to the airport by 6 am. Approaching Costa Rica and looking down from the airplane I was amazed by beauty of the country.
A driver picked me up from the airport in Liberia and we drove all the way to Ricon de la Vieja, where the hotel is located. Then, I was introduced to the front desk staff and they took me to show around the hotel and accommodated me in one of the villas.
First week I’m assigned to work at the Front Desk. Today was my third day working here, but I already love it. Diana and Fabian, two other Front Desk agents, are super nice and friendly. We mostly talk in English but I also try to pick up from them some new Spanish words. Staying in hotel where most of the staff speaks English is easy compared to getting fully immersed into a new country with a different language that you don’t speak whatsoever. I know that it would be much more stressful if I had to face some real language barrier.
Typical food in Costa Rica is rice and beans, or Gallo Pinto. Ticos (Costa Rican people) eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and that’s what the hotel offers its staff most of the time for each meal, adding either eggs, fish, or chicken to it.
So far, I love it here and am really excited about what the next three months going to bring for me.