Possibly. Maybe even quite likely when it comes to those darn cockroaches. Maybe it was also crazy to extend what was going to be a four-month trip to Belize into a year-long journey of Central America, and then a year and a half out on one of the Galápags Islands. But what a blast! I wouldn’t change a thing for the world (except for, maybe, the time when I got robbed at gunpoint… that is not a pleasant memory.)
I spent two months working at Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize, then almost three months working at Earth Lodge up in the mountains right outside of Antigua, Guatemala. After that, I went off to the Caribbean island of Utila off the coast of Honduras to become a scuba divemaster. I dove in the morning and worked at a bar at night. What a life! My Central American trip ended in February, 2011, about 11 months after I first flew out of California.
Right after that, I headed to the Galápagos to work at a private bilingual school as the English teacher for their Pre-Kinder and Kinder kids. Many people have asked me how I got this job, and I tell them it was luck. Really, I had almost no qualifications in teaching. But it turned out that I really like working with little kids and was decent at it.
After a year and half at the job, I looked for another opportunity, and that brought me back to Guatemala. Home, sweet home. I’m living in Antigua and working with a non-profit up the hill in Aldea El Hato, again teaching preschool English, but this time in a Montessori setting. So far, so good!