Saludos, fellow travelers to Costa Rica! We’re your surrogate parents, Alfonsina and Zivon, for our 14-day excursion to Turrialba, Costa Rica from August 10 – August 23. We’re excited about our upcoming trip, which starts by meeting YOU at Newark Airport at 5 a.m. on August 10th. (Don’t forget the copies of your passports!) Your family and friends will be able to see what you’re up to during your trip if you send them the link to this blog. We’ll be giving you a call in the coming weeks but let us first introduce ourselves…

Alfonsina (she/her): I am a native Spanish speaker that works as an ENL teacher, 12th-grade team leader (therefore, the senior activities coordinator), and yearbook advisor at The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the South Bronx. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country and I cannot wait for you to experience it! Although this is my first year traveling with GG, I have taken students abroad for almost a decade to Germany, Spain, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica through my school and other organizations. I have traveled to 17 countries and 4 continents. I think that traveling is so important for us to gain global perspectives and to understand ourselves and our places in the world. I also love reading, writing, designing, crocheting, playing Wordle and other games, and spending time with my family and friends. I can’t wait to hear about your interests and passions too! Looking forward to meeting you all!

Zivon: I am a Special education teacher. I teach Humanities and Biology at Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City. I am so excited to be working with Global Glimpse for the first year and heading to Turrialba, Costa Rica with you. I believe it is okay to be nervous before embarking on a trip like this. I believe it’s okay to be fired up for an amazing trip like this as well. Whatever you may be feeling, I believe that we can do anything together. To be able to experience this trip with you is a dream come true. Let’s take this journey together. Let’s learn, grow and have fun together!

Big Love,

Alfonsina Jimenez and Zivon Hunter