Victoria Schwarz: Teaching the body and mind
Where and what Victoria was BCR (Before Costa Rica)
She lived in San Francisco with her husband. She did many kinds
of work, including massage.
How Victoria came to be in Costa Rica and what she's doing
Victoria does massage, teaches English, and attends graduate school.
She sees herself as a sort of interpreter, whether "translating
the needs of the body" or helping her students understand
the complexities of the English language. And recently, she's become
a student herself, attended a Masters program in Education at the
University of Costa Rica. "I am having such a great time with
this!" she tells me "It is a lot of work, but I think
everyone should go back to school in their fifties." She
also points out that earning her Masters here will cost her around
$5000, while her sister's Masters, obtained in the U.S., ended
up costing around $28,000.
Victoria, do you have any advice for people thinking of
moving to Costa Rica?
"In doing business in Costa Rica, there are some frustrations. For instance,
it's common for Ticos to just not show up for an appointment. And unless they've
dealt with a lot of gringos, they don't even call to say they won't be there.
I'm busy, and their slot could have been filled by one of many others. Ticos
here tell me it's just something you have to get used to. I think it's about
them not wanting to disappoint, or have any sort of confrontation.
"Another thing is that you have to stay on top of people
you hire. If you're out of sight, you're out of their minds. Sometimes
it seems as if to get anything done here, you either have to do
it yourself or keep pushing and pushing for someone else to do
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