My trip to Costa Rica came about because I was just working at the back of the house of Poke Land. I was washing dishes and prepping food. After about a month of working there, I decided I wanted to pursue teaching English abroad. I did not know where to start so I thought I would try to volunteer teach. I went to IVHQ.com to look for a volunteer teaching job abroad.
I started out thinking perhaps China was going to be the best choice, but then I learned I had to get a visa to enter mainland China. The visa was something I had to get in San Francisco and it was going to cost me a few more hundred dollars and some time off so I decided to investigate trying to go to Costa Rica. I learned that Costa Rica was going to be way easier to enter. I did not need a visa and I just needed to present my passport. US nationals are not required to show a visa during entry to Costa Rica, but they must present a valid passport and an exit ticket out of Costa Rica within 90 days.
I decided to try out two weeks of volunteer teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica. I then was partnered up with Maximo Nivel and Maximo Nivel partnered me up with Fundacion Mujer. I taught at Fundacion Mujer and three days into my volunteer teaching experience I also decided to take a TEFL course with Maximo Nivel and this time it was Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio. I extended my original two-week volunteer teaching to three weeks in San Jose’s Maximo Nivel, then I did a month of TEFL at the Manuel Antonio Maximo Nivel. Then after I graduated I did a week of volunteer teaching in San Jose’s Maximo Nivel again. Then I got a job with Academia Europea in Escazu.
Aside from getting teaching experience abroad through volunteer teaching and getting an in class TEFL certificate, this trip allowed me to see how beautiful Costa Rica is. The trip also allowed me to take some of the best photos I have ever taken. My trip to Costa Rica was an amazing photo opportunity adventure. Check out some of my awesome pics of La Paz Waterfall below.
Click here to check out my Guide to Latin America site. I have posted photos and videos of La Paz Waterfalls.
Here are some awesome videos of La Paz Waterfalls.
I purchased a Combo Tour, which was a tour that allowed me to go to a few sites in San Jose Costa Rica. I went to Doka Coffee Plantation, La Paz Waterfall, and Poas Volcano during my first few weeks in San Jose, Costa Rica. I got lots of awesome photos there. I also got to go to the Mariposario at the University of Costa Rica here are some pics below. Manuel Antonio has awesome beaches. I got to take lots of cool pics by the beach. I also got to take awesome nature pics while I was in Manuel Antonio.
Here are some of my photos during my travel. I have lots of them and you can also view all sorts of videos on this blog. I think Costa Rica is a great destination. It is very beautiful and they also have amazing food.
I also got to go white water rafting twice. The first time I went I had not really planned on going. My roommate at my homestay in Manuel Antonio was on an adventure trip. I decided to go to Maximo Nivel campus during the morning she was going. Once I got to the campus I decided maybe it would be a good idea to go with her. I talked to the white-water rafting company about the cost and if I could just come along. They said it was about a hundred dollars and I could just come along. I just needed to get water shoes from them. They also provided me with a life vest.
Here is a video of my first white water rafting adventure in Manuel Antonio.
The second time I went it was right before the end of my TEFL course. I decided to book a white water rafting trip on my own. I went with a group of New Yorkers who were there for a bachelor party. It was a fun adventure. I highly suggest trying white water rafting in Manuel Antonio.
Here is a video of my second white water rafting adventure.
The types of tours I experienced in Costa Rica like the white-water rafting tour is a tour that could be done in San Miguel Calinan Davao City, Philippines. When I was in Davao and staying at my grandmother’s house, I saw a few people white water rafting. I think this type of adventure tourism could bring in a lot of money for the Philippines.
I think if someone were to arrange white water rafting tours in San Miguel they could market this type of a tour in hotels. I got my Combo Tour from MJ Travel Service, which is located next to Maximo Nivel. Below is a video about tourism in Costa Rica and tourism in Davao City.
Here is a video I made of my Combo Tour which included the Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano, and La Paz Waterfalls. The video contains lots of amazing photos during my trip and beautiful video clips. Some of the video clips are slow motion footage I took with my iPhone camera.
Check out these awesome collages I made of my trip to Costa Rica. I think these are some of the best tourism pics for Costa Rica that I have made so far.
About Food in Davao City
I think one of the biggest tourist attractions for Davao City is also food. When I went to Davao City in 2015 to 2016, I got to eat all sorts of awesome foods. Here are a few of my faves.