Students go wild in Costa Rica

The Stanwich eighth grade class poses at Punta Mona during their trip to Costa Rica.

The Stanwich eighth grade class poses at Punta Mona during their trip to Costa Rica.

The Stanwich School in Greenwich  recently sent a group of eighth grade students to Costa Rica for an educational journey where they did far more than sightseeing.

While there, the students took part in a number of projects including participating in research projects at biological reserves, engaging in community building projects and learning, firsthand, the importance of sustainability.

During their adventure students spent a day culturally immersed with members of the local Bribri community to execute service projects such as painting classrooms and laying sidewalks for the Playa Chiquita School that they hope left a positive impact in the wake of their visit.

After zip lining through layers of the pristine rainforests and its canopy, students also explored ecotourism in action while working on an organic farm. There they learned more about strategies for sustainable farming and bio-digesters and had the opportunity to plant, farm, work with the Tilapia and make sugarcane.

While white water rafting on the Pacuare River, students exercised their group building skills and explored the complexity of water systems. They strove to understand the water’s role and function from a molecular to ecosystem-wide level, including its impact on surrounding species, habitats, and microclimates, as well as human interactions and water use.

The trip was organized by Chill Expeditions, a company that creates customized experiential learning eco-immersion programs abroad which balance elements of service, adventure and cultural immersion and sustainability solutions in accordance with the school’s educational vision. After spending more than 35 years teaching biology in the classroom, Crawford Hill founded the company so he could provide students the opportunity to experience in real life what they read and learn in textbooks.

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