We all know it is difficult to be away from family and loved ones during uncertain times, especially during a global pandemic. A lot of teachers had to make immediate decisions to leave beautiful Costa Rica; however, some of our TEFL graduates have stayed and we commend their courage tremendously. Let’s take a look at two of our amazing teachers, both located in different parts of Costa Rica.
Isabela Ramos, also known as Iza, works at Los Nubes, a private school in Jacó, Costa Rica. She teaches 5th grade English, Science, and Math. Quarantine for Isabela has been a growth experience. She expressed that she has been spending a lot of time with herself, as she has transitioned to online classes with her students. It was a bit difficult at first; however, she has gotten into the groove of things. There is no place more perfect to be in quarantine than at the beach! Nonetheless, not having her everyday routine and structure of getting dressed and going to work has been difficult for her. Her advice to teachers abroad is to make technology your friend and stay in touch with friends and family back home. This has helped Iza to feel more connected to her family and friends back in Luxembourg. Thank God for technology!
Our next courageous teacher is Shannon Roberts. Shannon works right next store to us at a school in Playa Sámara, Costa Rica. She teaches students in 1st through 6th grade in Art, Music, Science, Environmental Studies, Ethics, English and Physical Education. During quarantine, her schedule has been limited to teaching science to 1st and 2nd grade and English to 3rd through 6th grade via Whatsapp. Quarantine for Shannon, in her own words, has been “a rollercoaster.” To make things more stable, Shannon has been able to get creative in some ways by improving her cooking skills as well as spending time reconnecting with herself. She advises teachers around the world, who are in quarantine away from their families, to reach out to friends and family for support. Shannon also recommends getting out and moving; take a walk, practice self-care, and trust that things will get better.
It takes a lot of strength to do what these girls are doing at the moment. We are in uncertain times, but time is not waiting for anyone. According to Oprah Winfrey “Where there is no struggle there is no strength.” To teachers, students and humans alike around the globe, we must continue to perservere through this difficult time and learn a lesson in patience, compassion and resilience.
For any tips, activities or ideas for online teaching, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are all in this together. You are not alone!