Finishing the Semester

As our semester in Costa Rica rapidly approaches its finish most of us are occupied with last minute activities that come with any semester – final papers and exams.  Over the course of the May Day holiday, a four-day weekend for us, many students took the opportunity to make their final trips to the beaches, mountains, and even to Panama.  Granted Christina had a passport scare, everything turned out alright for the travelers.  I spent my extended weekend making campaign phone calls for the Clinton campaign via Skype – not a major surprise for my companions.  Despite the extended time away from the community surrounding our school, MesoAmerica, we still found the time to complete learning aides for the English classes at la Primaria Batenia.  This completed a service project component of our Education Seminar/Numbers & Culture class that also involved painting a classroom (they will remember NC forever since the room is decked out in Tarheel colors.)  The students appeared more than happy to receive our gifts.  

While studying issues in Latin America, we have also kept abreast with the news at home such as the soaring gas prices, rice restrictions, and the ongoing Democratic primary.  It seems everyday our Latin American Politics class is geared more towards American politics everyday – we have learned just how much our government affects the whole world.

 I am among the students excited about the return home, but I at the same time I cannot think about without feeling sad as it means leaving my host mom behind.  I am sure that the bus trip back to Juan Santa maría International Airport will have a mixture of bitter-sweet emotions for everyone. 

Hasta Pronto,

Jeremías Teetor

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