Cocalico to Costa Rica: A shared adventure

By on August 24, 2016
CHS students and teachers at the ready for one of their many adventures in Costa Rica this summer.

CHS students and teachers at the ready for one of their many adventures in Costa Rica this summer.

Cocalico High School students along with students from Twin Valley, Ephrata Area, and Pequea Valley high schools traveled to Costa Rica this summer along with teacher chaperones Betsy Techman, Brian Cerullo, Jen Kieffer, Jen Bilby and Dale Amsbacher.

The CHS student travelers included: Nadia Stauffer, Samantha Donmoyer, Morgan McDevitt, Hannah Wierbiki, Megan DeBock, Megan Hoover, Alexis Roth, Priya Patel, Paxton Steffy, Kayla South, Matthew Koller, Faith Lo, and Aliyah Price.

Spanish language students from the four schools have been traveling together for more than 20 years.

The group of 45 arrived in San Jose and continued first to the Poas Volcano and then to Manuel Antonio where they learned to spot wildlife in the lush rain forest and spent time on the pristine beaches in the national park.

Students swam and took nature walks identifying two- and three-toed sloths, congo monkeys, aguti, and various lizards and frogs.

Just outside of Manuel Antonio the students spent an energizing morning with Costa Rican elementary school children. They played soccer and shared a zumba class together as they practiced English and Spanish.

Traveling on to Arenal, the students spent one evening at the Baldi Natural Hot Springs and Water park.

The next day they were off to Monteverde, well known for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. The students took part in a cooking class and a night hike followed by an exciting morning of ziplining.

On the hikes in Monteverde they saw armadillos, coatis, agutis, tarantulas, toucans, white-faced monkeys, and got hummingbirds to perch on their fingers.

On the way back to San Jose the students toured an oxcart factory and had a painting class with the well-known Don William in Sarchi.

“The learning on a trip like this just doesn’t stop; the healthy lifestyle and environmental consciousness of the Costa Rican people makes a lasting impact on all of us “ says Techman. “It was a fantastic trip and our students are hearty travelers!”

The teachers are looking forward to planning their next trip for the summer of 2018.

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