Pura Vida Baby!!!
Hola Y’all! If you are not aware I am currently in San Jose, Costa Rica studying abroad for 3 months. Crazy right?! What’s even crazier is that I don’t speak a lick of Spanish. Like Nada! Lol! But honestly it’s ok. I came to Costa Rica because I wanted an adventure. I wanted to do something completely out my comfort zone and actually be a person who says yes to every opportunity thrown my way. So long story short I am now here in San Jose!
The program I came with is called Veritas Christian Study Abroad which is a division of International Studies Abroad (ISA). Through Veritas not only do I get to study abroad but I get to do mission work as well. For my program in Costa Rica it gives me the opportunity to work with sex trafficking victims here in San Jose. If you know me you know that helping sex trafficking victims is my heart and is what I want to dedicate my life too. So having the opportunity to do that here in Costa Rica motivated me more to come here.
I have now officially been here for a little over a week now and it has been one hell of a ride already! First and foremost I love it in San Jose. The place is beautiful, the people are so warm and kind, and the culture is truly Pura Vida. Pure Vida meaning pure life, more than a saying but in everything a way of life down here. It’s something I am still getting used too but I am embracing it entirely. I have had some major help along the way with my host family and my roommates. My host family and my roommates have been nothing but kind and super supportive. They have taught me some Spanish, taken me to school, help me run errands etc. Seriously, I could not have survived my first week here without them!
In the matter of a few days I’ve settled into my new home, toured San Jose, started classes, and traveled out of the country to Panama! Overwhelmed?! Hell yeah! But would I want to be doing anything else?! Absolutely not!
Lots of Love – Oyinda