Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Hey Guys! Did you just graduate from University and are you feeling stuck on what to do in your professional life? Is this becoming such a big issue that it is dominating your personal life and who you are in essence? I totally get you!

After having finished my MSc in International Organization and having completed an internship in communications at a Peace building NGO in the Netherlands I came to the conclusion that I was seeking to achieve high professional goals in order to develop an exceptional career that would provide me with the security needed to live a wealthy life and be impressive. But whom was I really doing this for? I mean, I completed a degree in political science but to be honest I still have no clue of what I want to do for the rest of my life. The pressure I felt from the society I was living in told me I had to get to the top and have a good career in order to have a good life. I was following the crowd and felt deeply lost as I had, nor have, clear set goals for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I have experienced that professional life and the status you get from it greatly defines who you are in the Netherlands.

I was feeling a great need to escape my life in the Netherlands to be able to contemplate my life from a different angle and re-evaluate what I want from life and truly get to know who I am aside from any kind of professional life. I guess you are thinking, does she really need to move to Costa Rica to figure that out? My answer is, I’m not sure, but breaking with the iron routine of what my life was the Netherlands and getting away from all the heavy expectations that are laid on top of you as young adult seemed like a good first step to take.  

I have decided to take the step of relocating to Potrero a small rural village in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica for the period of 3 months. I want to explore how it is to live in country outside of Europe and deepen myself into a culture that is supposedly very different from the two that are native to me, the Spanish and the Dutch. I will be working for a local NGO called Abriendo Mentes, which provides free education to children and adults of the rural communities of Potrero and Brasilito in Gunacaste, Costa Rica. I will live in the community amongst the locals, many of which attend the school of Abriendo Mentes. Do want to know how this adventure is going for me? Stay tuned with my latest short stories of my daily life in Costa Rica!

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A 21-year-old girl trying to write something special outside of my routine life, which involves studying and working.