Raymond Raza U.S. Citizen

Was born in India, grew up near Washington, DC, have graduate degrees in library science and religious studies, and previously lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. I first came to Costa Rica in February, 2008 as an ESL volunteer at the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center where I enjoyed living near the rainforest and seeing toucans and frogs every day.  After completing the  six month volunteer assignment I decided to stay in Costa Rica and teach ESL on a paid basis.  I am looking forward to retiring in Costa Rica and building my dream retirment home in San Ramon.

Ashley Lyon  Canadian Citizen

  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Majored in Sociology
  • Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL Certification
  • Trained through Oxford Seminars in October 2007
  • Laurier schooling volunteer leader for 2 years
  • 5 years experience in the restaurant business
  • Welcomes all new and exciting challenges
  • If surrounded by my friends and family, I will always have a smile on my face!
  • Loves the beach, to travel, being outdoors and recently developed a love for surfing
  • Always remember~Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow~

Krista Brenner Canadian Citizen "eh?"

  • Conestoga College/ Biology Degree
  • Brand new ESL Teacher / Trained through Oxford Seminars in October 2007
  • 5 years in the restaurant business as a bartender
  • 7 years working as a lifeguard
  • Let me go kayaking, hiking or rock climbing and I'm a happy girl!
  • A very loyal and dedicated aunt to my niece Kiana and nephew Zachary
  • 'Mother' to a 3 year old husky named Dakota - He is like my son!
  • Travel as much as possible and am determined to see the whole world! "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing!" Helen Keller
  • Love laying on the beach, experiencing new cultures, meeting people across the world.
  • A photography nut! Have thousands of pictures from all my travels. My camera is an extension of my arm!
  • Newest goal is to learning how to surf
  • Words to live by: "There comes a time in your life when you realize that if you stand still, you will remain at this point forever. You realize that if you fall and stay down, life will pass you by. The past is a brief reflection and the future is yet to be realized. Keep your belief in yourself and walk into your new journey. You will find it magnificent, spectacular and beyond your wildest imagination."

Myrna James U.S. Citizen

  • Hampshire College Amherst, Massachusetts BA
  • Literature MBA Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • ESL Teacher - Kenitra, Morocco
  • Teacher/Case Manager - Philadelphia, PA

Matthew Williger U.S. Citizen

TEFL BridgeLinguatec
BA from University of Wisconsin—Madison
Majored in Global Security and International Relations
TEFL Certified
Worked as a Spanish tutor before coming to Costa Rica
Author of many poker articles for a website in Escazu
Plans on visiting Africa next year to help develop a school in Malawi
Other Adventures:  Lived in Barcelona, Spain for 5 months.  Also visited Italy, France, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Ireland, England, and Germany.

Students having fun in class!


Mark Langley

In loving memory
Mark Langley died here in Costa Rica.  He taught at Envasa and Banco Popular.  Very nice man and teacher.  You will always be remembered Mark.