I have share an insight about an important date, August 15th, 2015. A time where Costa Rica honours all Mamá. There was a significant event that guided me to write this post. Feliz día de la Madre!
By: Sherry Ing, GEO International Internship Costa Rica Summer 2015 participant.
On August 15th, 2015, Costa Rica celebrates Mother’s Day. I like to take this time to blog about this important date. To all the Mothers out there, and members of society who had to take on the Mother role for whatever reason they have. Feliz día de la Madre! When I was in Costa Rica just one week from today, the children at the two elementary schools that I worked at made Mother’s Day card. I had the duty of helping the children with the upcoming English Festival and Spelling Bee. For their impromptu speech, the children had to write and talk about their family or favorite things. This also included their own drawings when they described a family member or their favorite thing. What I noticed is each child’s drawing. But one particular one stood out to me. It was one of the young boy’s family. He drew two male holding hands together. I later found out that he had lost his mother and it was only him and his dad. On this week, for most its a great time to share the joy and celebrate our moms together, but for others its sadness and a reminder and longing for Mom that they shared a short time period together. When I said goodbye to the children that I worked with, I made sure that they felt loved and cared for. I hugged each and everyone. With this said, it is important to hug. As a Massage Therapy student, hugging is just as important in healing then any other form of treatment. It is an alternative form of therapeutic touch. If everyone in the world received a hug each day, their health will be up a level. It is very therapeutic and the Science behind it is that we releases hormones, such as Endorphines. Which in turns gives us happiness. During my time in Costa Rica, my host mother role was very important. She made sure each of her son was feed, kissed each one on their forehead before they went out for their soccer game, and made sure everything is in order in the household. Para mamá. Feliz día de la Madre!
A GLANCE INTO A DAY AT WORK IN SAN RAFAEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
I have documented and shown a day into my life as an intern in Llano Bonito at an elementary school called San Rafael and what my Monday looks like last week.
By Sherry Ing, Centennial College Massage Therapy student currently in Costa Rica
Woken up to the sound of my brothers leaving for work. The Mother Hen is always busy in the kitchen early in the morning to prepare us breakfast. I ate a traditional breakfast called pinto: fried eggs, rice with beans, and sour cream on the side.
Started work at the San Rafael elementary school and ended at 11:30 am. The children just returned from a 2 week vocation. We helped the English teacher with the kids by reviewing potential topics for their upcoming test. We utilized active learning. I had the children play a mini competition between each other when they reviewed their shapes. I drew a robot and a house and gave instructions to the children to construct the same drawings by dictating in English to them a shape to draw.
We visited and toured Coope Llano Bonito coffee plantation. This is a fair trade certified coffee plantation in Llano Bonito. Fair trade certification is a set of guidance that the plantation follow so their workers are treated fairly in terms of work payment and working condition along with how the coffee process is done. Our tour guide is an Engineer and showed the group around the plantation. He talked about the grading of coffee and the stock exchange in New York, U.S regarding coffee prices. During their busy season, mid November to February, sometimes into March, the plantation runs 24 hours. They have machines that reduces the number of manual labours in the process. There is a hot and humidity control systems that the coffee go through.
Hiked up the mountains, came across trails of ants carrying miniature leaf cuttings along the way.
Visited a friend and their friendly Iguana. We did some cardio workout as well and lyrical dance with her daughter to her favourite songs by her favourite pop idol.
Returned home for dinner. I had choyote, potatoes, fried plantains, white rice, red beans, and a side of aquacate.