Spanish teacher Meggan Arnold and biology teacher Addison Martin led a combined academic trip to Costa Rica over spring break affording students the opportunity to experience God’s creation in new and dynamic ways. Students also improved their language skills by being immersed in a Spanish speaking culture.
The group of 16 students learned about several of Costa Rica's different ecosystems through a variety of experiences. The group went caving, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, rode on a catamaran out to Tortuga Island where they snorkeled and swam, hiked by a volcano and learned about the geology and animals from the region, and went on a night hike where they saw a variety of awesome animals!
Meggan Arnold noted she was very impressed by the amount of Spanish the students used, even in situations where it would have been easier to use English. “They [students] were not afraid to make mistakes and seemed to find real joy from using the language and interacting with others in Spanish, challenging them in new ways. Both faculty members were impressed by the student’s willingness to try new things and engage with each other and those they met along the way.
One day of the trip was dedicated to service with the Abraham Project, a ministry that provides social services to local Costa Ricans in need. Students stepped up and worked hard to help the ministry by clearing construction debris, building rebar structures for reinforced concrete, and clearing weeds, grass, and bamboo. They were able to spend time with some children who attend the school there and enjoyed speaking Spanish and getting to know the kids as well.
The students also enjoyed evening devotions together. A common takeaway for many was a deeper sense of awe as they observed God’s creation in this beautiful country. DC’s administration is grateful to Ms. Arnold and Mr. Martin for taking time to plan this trip and to invest deeply in the lives of the students who journeyed with them to Costa Rica.
For more information, contact Mr. Addison Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.