Today we first went and got breakfast. After breakfast, we went over to the school and hung out with the kids. I stayed with the first graders and went to each station: P.E., English, then Art. All the first graders were so cute. A girl named Estefani was so attached to me; it was cute. After we painted the wall of the school. When done, we got ice cream and went to the beach. Then a group of us went to an English school to practice conversational English with people whose language was Spanish.
One thing I first noticed that was different than what I expected was understanding what the little kids were saying. Also, that painting gets harder the longer you paint. My favorite thing about today was hanging out with the little kids.
My verbal snapshot would probably be when Estefani jumped on me and grabbed my leg. She was by my knee looking up at me while I was looking down at her. We both had big smiles on our faces and then laughed. –Shannon
Costa Rica is very fun! Today we went to a restaurant, which was very good. We went to work with the kids at the school, and when I was with the first graders, there was one girl, Genesis, who sat on my lap, let me braid her hair, gave me hugs, played with me, and gave me kisses, which made me feel so warmed up on the inside. After that we had lunch and it was good too! Once we were done eating, our group split up into two groups; one group stayed and painted the walls, and the other group made cement; we then got ice cream and went to the beach, and after the beach we went to do conversational English, and now here we are waiting for our food.
I didn’t expect the kids to be nice to us. They had a lot of energy and did what they wanted to. They were loud but also very loving. I’m so glad I’m getting to know them and to see Costa Rica. -Esperanza
Today we played with kids at a school. After that we made a concrete patio. The people here are extremely kind and humble, and we also went to a place where they teach people to speak English. The beauty here is amazing. The one thing that I expected differently was the look of the town. A picture that I will remember forever is the amazement on the kids’ faces as we launched the stomp rockets. –Isaiah
Today we helped out a school by teaching them and playing with them. We played soccer, then tag, then they all shot the rocket stomper thing. Then after that, we ate some bomb rice and beans. After we ate, we made cement and poured it to make a patio (I think).
In the evening, we went to a language school and helped the students practice conversational English. I thought they were going to be like 10-16 years, but they were more like 30-40 years old. I also didn’t expect the first graders to have such dirty mouths.
My favorite part of the day was talking to the English learners. I thought it was going to be boring, but it was really fun. -John
Written by students on SBJA's mission trips to Washington, D.C., in 2018 and to Costa Rica in 2017.