My time with Projects Abroad in Costa Rica was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was placed with an amazing host family who allowed me to strengthen my language skills and emerge in a new culture. For two weeks, I was given a variety of Costa Rican dishes including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. I also loved that I had younger host siblings to interact with as well as other international students. The entire living situation improved my language skills in just two weeks.
During my volunteer experience, I, along with 13 others girls worked at a child care center where the children and teachers were mainly underprivileged. With our educational background knowledge, we were able to host workshops so the teachers can provide their students with a proper and meaningful education once we left. Knowing that we made a huge difference in the lives of the teachers and students alike was the greatest gift we could have received.
Working with underprivileged children is not easy but we had a great support group through Projects Abroad. We had a translator/assistant with our group at all times during the volunteer hours which helped in tremendous ways. Freddy, our translator/assistant, made our trip fun and worth it. I would volunteer in the future, especially with Projects Abroad.