KEYS TO COSTA RICA
It was my first experience living with a home-stay family. It showed me the lives of others and their everyday routine in a different country. It was the key to life lessons that I will carry onward from this experience throughout my lifetime. I have written significant events that happen to me on my first GEO international internship experience in Costa Rica.
It almost seems like yesterday, when I first received the keys to my room in my Costa Rica family house. The interior was different from my first family. I didn’t think my first time living with families of Costa Rica descendant would be a life lesson in itself. It tested my limits and called for quick decision making at my first family. It ignited my passion for family closeness, appreciation of the different personalities that my Costa Rica siblings possessed, and my mother and father’s role in the household at my second family. As I entered my room, the ceiling was lined with golden colour trimmings. The fabric clothed closet didn’t have any other peoples’ belongings, the nightstand had an Alaskan sunset cloth fabricated over it, and the bed was just right. I felt at peace. Claro! I would lock myself out of my room with the keys inside on my first day with them. The first family had a second set of keys, but my second family, they had a machete. The machete helped unlock the latch of the door after going through a pile of extra keys that didn’t fit the keyhole. My brother and father laughed at this and I did too. My time in Costa Rica with my Costa Rica families allowed me to practice my Spanish, opened the doors to the lives of a different culture, and the charm that the country possessed. Last week was very emotional for me. I had said goodbye to the 20+ children that I had connected and worked within two schools, saw my first and last soccer game of my brothers, and said goodbye to my home-stay families and friends that I made during my time there. Yesterday, I hopped on flight 1807 along with Canadian tourists and others landing in Toronto. Before I left Costa Rica, I had made the red, white, blue colour of Costa Rica, friendship bracelets to people that I connected with and presented them. They are a symbol of global friendship and proudness that the people had of their country. I hope when I complete my studies at Centennial and work that I will return and be reunited with them. As I walked through the house, I slowly un click the two keys I had from my keychain, one to the house and one to my room. I placed them on the dining table that I had most of my meals at. Farewell Costa Rica, hasta luego! This was my global experience, I encourage you to take the keys to another country and open to a new global journey….. what will your global experience be?
By Sherry Ing, GEO International Internship Costa Rica Summer 2015 participant