Monday, November 30, 2009
I'm going to Disney World! Ooops, I mean Costa Rica!
So, remember I said I had some exciting news?? Well, I'm going to COSTA RICA! Yeah!
I've been studying Spanish for about a year now. It's coming along well but it could be sooo much better. I came up with the great idea of being immersed in spanish or doing my clinicals in a spanish speaking program. That kind of evolved into doing a spanish immersion program.
So, immediately after finals I'll be in Costa Rica for three weeks, going to school for spanish everyday for about 4-5 hours, AND living with a wonderful Costa Rican family.
My expectation is that my level of spanish will be greatly increased. I know 3 weeks doesn't sound like a lot but I'm an intermediate level of spanish. So 3 weeks of non-stop listening, speaking and reading spanish will have a significant effect. I'm extremely excited. I've been intentionally shopping at a mexican grocery store just so I can ask questions in spanish! Ha ha! Because I make such an effort, if I stumble or make a mistake the clerks AND the patrons are all so helpful in correcting me or assisting me. The seafood clerk always comments 'Wow, you speak spanish?' It cracks me up every time.
Naturally, learning spanish will enable me to better serve multi-lingual clients or spanish speaking clients that don't speak English or don't speak it well. The field is in need of bilingual therapists. And not just in Spanish but in ANY language--Vietnamese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, etc.
I spend 2 weeks in a major city and 1 week on the beach. I'll be back in the New Year. This excursion will definitely open many possibilities in Occupational Therapy for me.
Naturally, I plan to update and upload pics from my pseudo-vacation as much as possible!