Hello, Hello, Hello!

Before I begin, I’d like to paint a bit of a picture of the beautiful location we get to call home for the next 20 days. I’m sitting on my balcony, it’s 28 degrees and more humid than the best sauna your local YMCA has to offer. There’s a light rain outside and the faint sound of thunder can be heard off in the distance. Beyond the glimmer of the rain clouds are the rolling hills of picturesque Guanacaste province. There are many definitions of paradise, this one beats all of them, for it is not common to experience the aforementioned scene while streaming music faster than my home wifi in Canada (@shaw pick up the slack, please).

students doing activity on tires on the beach

Now that we have a good picture of the location we are currently calling home, we can move on to the important stuff. Both groups, those travelling from Calgary, and those from Toronto, arrived safely and in good spirits. Monday and Tuesday (July 30 & 31, respectively) were a good opportunity for students to get acquainted with their teachers, fellow classmates, and school work. Otherwise, the first few days have been relatively uneventful…lounging by the pool, watching sunsets on the beach, exploring the town, eating some of the best Costa Rican food around. Overall, a good introduction to the Costa Rican way of life.

students having a class session

Today, Wednesday, August 1st, was day 1 of the PADI certification and Discovery Dive optional excursions. PADI students have 3 more days, one in class and two open water. Discovery Dive have 1 open water day (tomorrow, August 2nd).

This rest of this week, until we leave for the mountainous town of Monteverde, is filled with zip lining, white water rafting, and surfing. Students and staff have incorporated these optional excursions into their schedules, thus no class hours will be affected.

If you’re interested in seeing pictures of students and the area, please check Vidigami. Pictures should be updated every 1-2 days.

students swimming at sunset

Until next time,
Devon Hawkins

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