11 photos to mark 2011, and the events that I feel best represent my year as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.
|1) Forming a community bank in Cristo Rey. We finished the year with 50 members and we'll be inaugurating in January!|
|2) Dona Nathalia- my neighbor and closest friend. Many afternoons were spent embroidering, talking and sharing cups of tea.|
|3) Our network of 6 community banks comes together once a month to share challenges, solutions and celebrate birthdays! Maria Marta Padilla, Founder of FINCA- Costa Rica|
|4) Beto and the members of the Kid's Financial Education Program- learning the value of saving and planning.|
Posing with ice cream and my dog, Beto.
|5) Making recycled pots and bowls with women from my English class.|
|6) Celebrating the women's World Cup (& the visit of a dear friend)- the San Cristobal Women's soccer team organized a day camp for girls.|
|7) Organizing the First Annual Conference of Peace Corps Volunteers and Community Banks- a weekend of collaboration and planning for success for over 60 volunteers and community members from all over Costa Rica.|
|8) River rafting with the Central Valley Peace Corps Volunteers|
|9) In December I ran my first marathon in Panama City and placed 5th of International Women- with a $500 prize!!!|
|10) From working on computer skills, picking coffee, attending weddings and joking- much of the year was spent with my counterpart- Don Ananias.|