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Overseas Phone Call from Costa Rica

Peace Corps Volunteer Rebecca Scholtz speaks with a kindergarten class in Illinois

Rebecca Scholtz speaks with a kindergarten class in Illinois about her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica.

Aaron Williams
Hi. I'm Aaron Williams, director of the Peace Corps. For more than 45 years, the Peace Corps has helped communities around the world. Volunteer Voices is a collection of audio stories from just a few volunteers who have served since 1961. For more information on the Peace Corps, go to www.peacecorps.gov
Introduction
Once a year, a few U.S. classrooms get to talk with a Peace Corps Volunteer by telephone because they've been communicating throughout the year with a volunteer in the field. Today, the kindergarten class from GCMS Elementary School in Illinois speak with Rebecca Scholtz in Costa Rica.
Students
Hi!
Teacher
She wondered what your favorite thing to eat was.
Rebecca
Oh, I love to eat. But down here we kind of eat mostly rice and beans, but one thing I really, really like to eat in Costa Rica is platanos. There like, kind of like bananas, but they're bigger, and they're really soft, and they fry them, so they're kind of hot. So they're really good.
Teacher
Does anybody think they would want to try that? I think it sounds pretty good.
Rebecca
It might sound kind of weird, but it's actually-- I bet you would really like it.
Teacher
Oooh, since it's so hot, do the kids have, like, ice cream or popsicles a lot?
Rebecca
Sometimes, yeah. They actually, what they do is, there's this thing, and it's called kiddy-bisco. And it's like a little plastic bag, and like, the moms or people will put, will pour, kind of like, yeah, popsicle into it and tie it and freeze it. So then they just bite off the corner of the bag and just suck on the bag. Does that make sense?
Teacher
Oh! So they make their own popsicles?
Rebecca
Yeah, they make their own popsicles or little ice creams, and they eat those a lot.
Teacher
Cool!
Rebecca
They're really good.
Teacher
Oh, he wondered how you might say "tiger" in Spanish?
Rebecca
Uh-huh. The word for tiger is "tigre."
Teacher (along with students)
Ooohhh! Tigre! So cool!
Rebecca
Uh-huh. And there's no tiger, like the kind of tigers that are orange; I don't think we have those. But, we have, like, big, like, mountain, cougar type. I've never seen one. Or like jaguars. But there's jaguars, and they say that, even where I live, that there's, they're kind of, they're around in the forest. They always say, "be careful, be careful" because there's tigres they call them tigres because "there's tigres in the forest, don't walk there!"
Teacher
He wondered how you might say "dolphin" in Spanish.
Rebecca
Uh-huh. The word for dolphin is "delfin."
Teacher
Oooh, delfin. It sounds like "dolphin."
Rebecca
It does.
Student
How do you say "dinosaur" in Spanish?
Rebecca
Uh, okay, the word for "dinosaur" is dinosaurio.
Student
Oh, dinosauro. I already knew that.
Rebecca
You already did? You're so smart. You're smarter than me!
Teacher
Oh, he wondered how you might say "leprechaun."
Rebecca
Oh, my gosh! I don't know. I can tell you that the word for like a small person, like a dwarf, is enano.
Teacher
Ooooh! Enano!
Rebecca
I don't think they have leprechauns here.
Teacher
Oh, yeah, they probably don't. I think they're just in Ireland. We're getting ready to learn about Ireland, too. Well, Rebecca we learned a song that has some Spanish words in it, and we thought we'd like to sing it for you if that's okay.
Rebecca
That sounds so cool! Thank you! I'd love to hear your song.
Teacher
Okay, you ready?
Students
My hand on my head, fiesta aqui, This is my Spanish, tell my mamacita, Cabeza, cabeza, la la la la, That's what I learned in my school, si, si!
Rebecca
Oh, that was so great! Thank you for singing! I loved it!
Teacher
Awesome! We've been working hard on that, haven't we?
Students
Yes.
Rebecca
You know a lot of words in Spanish. That sounds like a hard song.
Teacher
It was kind of hard at first, but now we've got it, don't we?
Students
Yes.
Teacher
And we've also learned a few words in Spanish; do you have time for us to tell you just a few?
Rebecca
Absolutely!
Teacher
Awesome! Okay, are you ready? All right, how do we say "hello"?
Students
Hola!
Rebecca
Oh! That's so great!
Students
Adios!
Teacher
Sometimes we say, "adios, amigos" if we say it to our friends, right?
Rebecca
Yeah. Right!
Teacher
Let's do our colors. Are you ready? Okay, how do we say "red"?
Students
Rojo!
Teacher
And what about "yellow"?
Students
Amarillo!
Teacher
And what about "blue"?
Students
Azul!
Teacher
And what about "green"?
Students
Verde!
Teacher
What about "orange"?
Students
Anaranjado!
Teacher
Ooh, that was good. Let's see, what about "cat"? Remember, it was...
Students
El gato!
Teacher
Good, and what about "dog"?
Students
El perro!
Teacher
And then we learned some different people that we had come and visit us. Remember, "firefighter"?
Students
El bombero!
Rebecca
Very good!
Teacher
Now, let's see, what about "police officer"?
Students
El policia!
Rebecca
Good, that's a hard one, too!
Teacher
That is hard. And last week, we had somebody come from the dentist's office. Do you remember that one? It was la ...
Students
La dentista!
Rebecca
Wow! You guys learned a lot of words!
Teacher
All right, can you tell her "adios"?
Students
Adios!
Rebecca
Adios! Have a really good day!
Close
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