My wife, Ann, and I spent 12 days in Nicoya, Costa Rica, searching for a small country school where we can do volunteer teaching of English next year. We stayed with a local family who helped us find the tiny El Flor Grade School. All of the 18 students are excited about the opportunity to learn English, as are some of the parents. We plan to also tutor the four English teachers in the nearby middle/high school, since they have problems with phonetics. The howler monkeys are very common in this region and are noisy - - they can be heard up to 2 miles away! The local people are poor but very kind. The photo of the lady making corn tortillas from scratch typifies the rural life there. Incidentally, in the town of Hojancha close by are found some of the longest-living people in the world. These people are truly healthy and happy!