The 9th and 10th grade TMS students traveled to the jungles and beaches on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for their spring experiential education trip this year. After arriving in the capital of San Jose, the group flew on a small propeller plane to the town of Puerto Jimenez. On the flight, the students basked in views of the surrounding volcanoes, jungles, beaches, and Corcovado National Park, where they would spend the first four days of their trip camping, hiking, and exploring.
While staying at La Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park, the students were fortunate to see monkeys, toucans, tapirs, and a variety of flora and fauna with their local guides, Luis and Fabricio. After the Corcovado portion of the trip, they traveled north along the Pacific Coast to the beach town of Dominical. Students spent the week living with local families in homestays where they practiced their Spanish skills and learned about Costa Rican – “Tico” – culture. In the mornings, students attended language school in small classes based on their ability. During the afternoons, students took surfing lessons and progressed to the level where everyone was able to paddle out past the break in order to catch bigger waves.
After the week in Dominical, they traveled inland to the Turrialba Volcano area and spent four days at La Marta Wildlife Refuge Lodge, the oldest existing refuge in the country. While at La Marta, students studied orchids and birds and encountered more than eighty species of birds and witnessed the rare, “cat-face” orchid.
The last day of the trip was an adventurous day in the jungle. Students zip-lined along the tree canopy, rappelled down multiple waterfalls, and traversed hanging monkey-bridges before a brief stop in San Jose to purchase last minute souvenirs.
The biennial Costa Rica trip has become a staple of the TMS Experiential Education Program, and the 2017 trip built upon the successes of the past five previous trips.
For photos of this trip please visit Flickr
To view the presentation on learning video visit Vimeo