ALDEA HOSTEL - SAN JOSE COSTA RICA

EXPERIENCIAS INOLVIDABLES VIAJERAS

MC KENZIE TELLS ALL ABOUT VOLUNTEERING @ ALDEA!

Upon graduating, I received an award from my university that allows me to travel the world for free. Yes, for FREE. I recently spent four months in Eastern Europe, backpacking solo, until I found my way to the sprawling city of San Jose where I had accepted a position to be a Workaway volunteer at Aldea Hostel. Time and time again I am asked from friends and family: Why work when you are already paid to travel? Well, let me explain. Upon graduating, I received an award from my university that allows me to travel the world for free. Yes, for FREE. I recently spent four months in Eastern Europe, backpacking solo, until I found my way to the sprawling city of San Jose where I had accepted a position to be a Workaway volunteer at Aldea Hostel. Time and time again I am asked from friends and family: Why work when you are already paid to travel? Well, let me explain. First, I wanted a home from which to explore all of Costa Rica. San Jose is a mecca of culture, resources, and buses. Four days a week, I work at Aldea, laughing with the staff and greeting guests. And then for the next three days, I explore! In just one day, I drank coffee in downtown San Jose, ate breakfast at Aldea, caught a $5 bus to Quepos, and hiked in the jungle of Manuel Antonio National Park. I couldn´t create a more perfect situation if I tried. Second, I wanted to practice my Spanish. And by ´´practice´´ I mean completely learn from scratch. Before coming here, my Spanish skills only included ´´no comprendo´´ and ´´no hablo español´´ which I found myself telling EVERYONE. But what better way to learn quickly than to waitress tables, serve cocktails, and greet guests? Third, and most importantly, I wanted a family. Spending four months alone was exhilarating, challenging, and scary—but every single day was lonely. After trying desperately to connect with locals in every location, all I wanted was some company. In Aldea, I found a family. There is Emir, my boss, who patiently explains over and over again how to pronounce every word in the Spanish language. Maria, who is learning English at the same pace as my Spanish and who taught me how to properly organize ´´la lavanderia.´´ Rafa, who rooted against Liverpool in the Champions League Semifinal just to spite me. (By the way, Rafa, Man City sucks). And of course, my coworkers—Chris, Anne, and Xavier. So yes. I decided to work. And it has been the greatest decision and the most rewarding experience. Take it from someone that just backpacked solo through Europe—volunteering at Aldea Hostel is the way to travel Costa Rica. Trust me.

Escrito por Aldea Staff Viernes, 16 Noviembre 2018



Contacto

Calle 28 y Avenida 2,

100 m al sur de Pizza Hut Paseo Colon, Frente a Sala Garbo

San Jose | Costa Rica

Tel|Fax (506 ) 2233-6365

Email: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

 

Social Media

Ganador 2016 !