I would like to personally introduce you to Laura. We first heard about her "conversation clubs" and attended a couple. We soon decided to hire Laura for private lessons in our home. Laura definitely has a methodology for teaching, and we were very excited and eager to learn. I think my brain hurt for a couple of months... lol. But soon after, everything just started falling into place. Laura teaches so much more than the grammar and language but culture and engages students through stories, games as well as conversation & situational Spanish.
Laura is the 'real deal'! She is an amazing teacher and friend.
Name? Laura Aguilar Valverde
Tell us about your Family? I live alone in Playas del Coco and I come from a very small family. I have a grandmother still alive, few uncles, aunts and cousins. My parents are the people I love most in life, I also have two brothers, one older and one younger, and three nephews whom, although we don't visit very often, I love them very much.
Where are you from?
I was born in San José, but when I was a child my parents moved to Cartago, where I did my primary and secondary school. I always lived between Cartago and San José `because I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother's
Where do you live?
I live in the heart of Playas del Coco.
Why did you move to CoCo and how long have you lived here? I studied tourism and have lived in different places around the country for work, I have always loved the sea. Before coming to Coco, I lived in the beautiful region of La Fortuna de San Carlos, but it rained a lot, and I missed the sea, I am very adventures, and one day I decided to look for the peace that the sea offers me again and I simply packed my bags and came here. I have been here for almost 8 years.
Do you have a job or own a business? Tell us about it?
I am also a Certified Language Teacher with many years of experience. For many years I have had a dream of creating my own School, a unique School with a very different methodology where people can study not only Languages
but Culture, making students participate in each real situation and feel immersed in the environment that surrounds them. I am starting my business here in Playas del Coco with a lot of work and a positive attitude.
Do you volunteer in CoCo?
I have been a volunteer in Playa Hermosa since I landed here.
Do you volunteer in CoCo?
Yes, I have a small volunteer project and I ride my bicycle to different places to feed and hydrate street dogs. I have many 4-legged friends.
Do you have any animals?
Yes, I have an adopted dog for 9 years. His name is Chocolito but his nickname is “Choco”. He is like a son to me, he is my best friend, he is always by my side, and also the most noble and special being I have ever seen.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel, get to know new places, cultures and people from different countries and regions, I also love nature and animals. I really like to cook, go to the restaurants and try different food; I love to ride my bike, travel by motorcycle and in general all extreme sports (but not
related to water because I am a very bad swimmer, ha ha). I love surprises and doing different things whenever I can.
What are your favorite restaurants? I like many different kinds of restaurants like Santorini, Hacienda Blue, Le Coq, Father Rooster, Zi Lounge and Café Corazón.
What is your favorite watering hole & drink? I am not sure, but I love Mojitos Cubanos, red wine, smoothies, hot coffee,
cold coffee, and ice cream.
What is your favorite beach and why?
I don’t have a favorite beach because C.R has wonderful beaches everywhere, but I really enjoy visiting Manuel Antonio National Park and Cahuita National Park (at the Caribean Coast), they are wonderful.
What is your favorite place to visit outside of CoCo?
La Fortuna de San Carlos, or the Caribean Coast.
Tell us a fun story about your adventures in CoCo?
One day, two friends from San Jose visited me and we decided to take a bike trip to Filadelfia to show them the iguanas. We started the trip very late because it was the new year and we were very tired from the end of the year celebration, and while we were there, it started to get dark, we were not prepared and taking the short road we got lost because there was no lighting.
At one point I fell off the bike because I couldn't see anything, and I went flying and fell on a horrible muddy road. I had my helmet on, but I took a huge hit and, instead of helping me, my friends were so nervous that they couldn't stop laughing and just trying to take pictures in the dark of my feet. As best I could I got up and continued on the bike laughing with them, but after 3 days I
couldn't stand up from so many blows to my body.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?
I love adventure, and one day just after a complicated situation in my life and with very little money I decided to take a fly to Argentina to visit a family (friends who invited me to spend 2 weeks with them), but then I started to travel as a backpacker, volunteering, and teaching languages and thus I traveled by land through most of the countries of South America, until arriving
almost 8 months later in Costa Rica. I planned to stay longer but I missed my dog a lot and had promised to pick him up from my friend's house.