Red Bluff Park

 

Check out these beautiful pics of the Red Bluff Park I took today 馃檪

Colorful Costa Rica

Check out my new collage of my pics from Costa Rica.

I loved traveling to Latin America because it allowed me to experience the Latin American culture. I started learning Spanish when I was in fourth grade and ever since then I have been interested in Spain and Latin America. When I went to Costa Rica in 2019, I got to experience the Costa Rican culture and see beautiful sights. When I came back I had many stories and photos to share. It was an amazing experience.

During my travel experience, I was able to gain a broader perspective of my life and that I had many choices as to where I could possibly settle in the future. When I was in Costa Rica I gained many new friends and I was able to help them learn English. They also taught me many new things and I felt like I had a support system. Latin America, especially Costa Rica is very welcoming to foreigners. I highly suggest visiting Costa Rica if you are ever in Latin America.

Maximo Nivel鈥檚 volunteer teach program allowed me to cross paths with the locals and really experience their culture. My volunteer teaching experience in San Jose, Costa Rica enriched my life in so many ways. I gained new friends from Maximo Nivel, from my homestay, from Fundacion Mujer, and from the hotel I stayed at. It was a very fun experience and I highly suggest booking a volunteer program with Maximo Nivel.

About My Awesome Trip to Rivas Nicaragua

A month and a half into teaching at Academia Europea I decided to take a vacation to Rivas, Nicaragua before going home. I stayed there for two months and had the best time. It was such a beautiful city and the baseball team was awesome.

Favorite Things to Do in Rivas:

  1. Eat at my favorite soda near the rotunda.
  2. Go grocery shopping at Maxi Pali and La Colonia.
  3. Go to the Rivas Gigantes baseball games.
  4. Go to San Jorge Beach, which has a stunning view of the Conception Volcano.
  5. Visit the History of Anthropology Museum.
  6. Teach English to two friends.
  7. Fashion design as a hobby.
  8. Bag design as a hobby.

The Rivas Gigantes baseball games were very exciting. The team did really well and won most of their games. I loved going to the games and cheering for the Gigantes.

Here is a video of my friend who played for the Rivas Gigantes pitching. Going to the baseball games was fascinating because of the food, the crowd, and the awesome baseball players.

During my first Monday in Rivas, I went to a soda. A soda is a cheap place to get food. They were serving a soup that reminded me of the Filipino soup, bulalo. Once I discovered that soda I decided to go there for all of my meals. I made friends with one of the cooks there. She took me to San Jorge Beach with her family the second time I went to the beach.

Rivas is a small town and have three grocery stores. The first one I went to was the big Maxi Pali. I had learned about Maxi Pali from one of my coworkers from Academia Europea before I had even visited Rivas. About a month into my stay in Rivas I learned about La Colonia. I had been looking for Downy for my clothes and I finally found Downy in La Colonia. The third grocery store I frequented is owned by Maxi Pali. It is a smaller grocery store and is just called Pali. I often went there to get soda.

The History and Anthropology Museum of Rivas was fun to visit. They have beautiful ceramics on display. They also had preserved animals on the shelves. I had fun going there to read the wall signs and translate them into English.

For my spare time I loved teaching two friends English. I also taught them how to draw. I developed my fashion design and bag design skills as well. Of course, I made lots of videos and posted lots on my Instagram and WordPress. I had a lot of fun in Rivas and would like to visit the city again some day soon.

Here is a reflection video I made about my trip and a short slide show of my photos. Enjoy 馃檪

About My Trip to Rivas

Pics Taken in Rivas

 

Here are short videos I took of the History and Anthropology Museum. The museum was an awesome place for me to learn Spanish and also to learn about Rivas’s history.

About the Museum

More About the Museum

Here is a short video of me reading the Preservando La Memoria wall in the Rivas History and Anthropology Museum.

Preserving the Memory

The Spanish version:

Preservando La Memoria

Las investigaciones aquelogicas nos permiten reconstruir nuestro pasado, pero cuando los sitios arqueol贸gicos son saqueados, todo el legado cultural de nuestros antepasados es destruido. Los arque贸logos nacionales, asi como los extranjeros est谩n comprometidos con las poblaciones ubicadas cerca de los sitios arquelogicos y es importante que estas comunidades se involucren en la conservaci贸n de su patrimonio local. La destrucci贸n de nuestros sitios no solamente viola las leyes del pa铆s, el comercio il铆cito de los bienes finalmente termina en colecciones particulares que a veces los utilizan como objetos decorativos despej谩ndonos de una historia milenaria que afecta no solamente al pa铆s si no a toda la regi贸n y que compartimos una historia com煤n.

Here is a short video of me reading the Preserving the Memory wall translated to English.

The English version:

Preserving the Memory

Achaeological research allows us to reconstruct our past, but when archeological sites are looted, all the cultural legacy of our ancestors are destroyed. National archaeologists, as well as foreigners are committed to populations located near archeological sites and it is important that these communities be involved in the conservation of their local heritage. The destruction of our sites violates the laws of the country. The illicit trade of goods ends in private collections that sometimes use them as decorative objects disallowing us of an ancient history that affects not only the country but also the entire region. We share a common story.

The Symbols of Power Wall

Here is a short video of me reading the Los Simbolos del Poder wall.

Los Simbolos del Poder

Todas las sociedades han utilizado figuras, formas, signos, y colores que, de manera f铆sica o imaginaria, representan conceptos morales, espirituales o culturales. En nuestras sociedades precolombinas las vestimentas y los objetos preciosos estaban destinados a un grupo muy especial que controlaban la religi贸n, el calendario y la ideolog铆a pol铆tica para dominar a sus subalternos. Los metates decorados formaron parte de la parafernalia que los grandes jefes o jefas utilizaban para ostentar a su poder. En esas sociedad la ausencia de cuerpos reprisivos especializados al servicio de los godernante obligaba a las elites a mantenerse en constantes alianzas para permanecer en el poder.

Here is a short video of me reading the Symbols of Power wall translated to English.

The Symbols of Power

All societies have used figures, shapes, signs, and colors that, in a physical or imaginary way, represent moral, spiritual or cultural concepts. In our pre-Columbian societies, clothing and precious objects were destined for a very special group that controlled religion, calendar and political ideology to dominate their subordinates. The decorated metates were part of the paraphernalia that the great bosses used to hold their power. In these societies, the absence of specialized repressive bodies at the service of the governors forced the elites to remain in constant alliances to remain in power.

Here is a video of me reflecting on what the Symbols of Power Wall means to me:

About My Fashion Design Hobby in Rivas video:

Here are some clothes I designed while I was in Rivas.

Here are clothes I designed once I got back to Red Bluff California:

Here is an outfit I helped my friend design:

About my bag design hobby in Rivas:

Here are bags I designed while I was in Rivas:

Here are bags I designed once I came back from Rivas:

 

Burney Falls

Recently, I got to go on an adventure with my friend to Burney Falls. It was lots of fun. Here are some photos and videos from the trip.

The park has beautiful water falls and I could not have gotten there were it not for my friend taking me. Thanks awesome friend! You’re the best.

 

About My Trip to Costa Rica to Volunteer Teach and Do a TEFL Course with Maximo Nivel

San Jose, Costa Rica

I was making collages of my San Jose, Costa Rica pics and I decided to make a photo montage. Here is the video. I took the photos at Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano, and La Paz Waterfalls.

Here are my collages below 馃檪

I went on a tour of Costa Rica. It was called the Combo Tour. I got the tour package through Maximo Nivel’s sister company. The tour included the Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano, and La Paz Waterfall. Here are some photos from the tour and the top is a photo of my hotel room in San Jose. It was called Hotel Ave Del Paraiso.

Here are more photos from the tour and my Fundacion Mujer class above.

Mariposario

I also went to the Butterfly Garden at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. Check out my photos and I made a short little video 馃檪
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Manuel Antonio Beach

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White Water Rafting and TEFL Experience

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Movies About My TEFL Experience

About Making My Collages

All About My Costa Rica Trip

About My Volunteer Experience with Maximo Nivel

 

Why IVHQ and Maximo Nivel Are Important

 

 

 

Hotel Ave Del Paraiso

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