Sunday, March 18, 2012

Students are on their way home!

Hello parents and friends! After a wonderful program, the students have left San Jose on time on United flight #1560. The flight is scheduled to get into Newark at 9:16pm. Please don't hesitate to call the office with any questions 303.679.3412. Thank you for all of your support of this program.

Erin Lasky
Director of Operations.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Alex and Linden take on day 8.

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enjoy <3

Day 8 from Dr. MacC and Miss L

We began our day at the Collegio Technico de Puerto Viejo where we broken into four groups to attend different classes:  biology, accounting, English, and technology.  Students at this school spend an extra year in high school (compared to the academic high schools) studying a specialty such as Tourism, Accounting, Agronomy, and Hotel Management.  The students and teachers were welcoming.  A group of students in the Tourism specialty gave us a tour of their extensive and beautiful 200 acre campus, which includes both farm and forest land.

A high point of the tour for Dr. MacCornack was the butterfly garden where we saw species in the four stages of development.  Students were able to converse with their peers during the tour.  Lunch in the Hotel Management classroom ended our visit. 

On our way home, we stopped for ice cream in the town of Puerto Viejo.  Students were tempted by many new flavors such as guanabana, pitohayo, fig, and old favorites such as chocolate, vanilla and even rum raisin.

We spent the afternoon working on our project painting the structure and designing signs to attract tourists and locals alike.  As teachers, we were very proud that the girls chose to finish priming the wood rather than choosing a dip in the refreshing river.  The girls are devoted to completing their project!

Tonight, we're going on a night hike in the rainforest where we hope to see the species who are shy during the daytime, such as the red-eyed tree frogs which are commercial symbols of Costa Rica. They sleep in the treetops during the day and climb lower at night.  We are all in need of a nap with the frogs at this point but are still looking forward to another day on our project, lunches with our gracious host families, and a fiesta with the whole community tomorrow evening.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grace and Linden Discuss Day 7

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Grace and Linden  discuss Day 7. The kids are all right.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

La Fortuna Days 5 & 6

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Day 4 Attempt 3 (Third time's the charm, right?)

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Our fingers are crossed...

Day 4 Attempt 3 (Third time's the charm, right?)

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Our fingers are crossed...