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Trip to Costa Rica

Mrs. Rowlett and 13 students are experiencing an immersion program in Costa Rica!  The students stay in Costa Rican homes with families who speak Spanish only.  They attend classes 4 hours a day and then experience things such as salsa dancing, cooking, and various tours and outings in the area.  Stay tuned here for more from Mrs. Rowlett and her students!

 

Day 1:

We made it!  It was a long trip, but a good one.  Customs was a breeze and we safely made it to our homes.

 

This is us leaving the BNA Airport.

 

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View from the air…

 

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Day 2:

We headed to Poás Volcano National Park. The drive to Poás is very scenic, with mountains, endless rows of coffee plants, and tiny, winding roads.

Poás is an “active” volcano where you actually climb up the side of the volcano and are able to look down into the crater from higher ground. It was a challenging climb up the steep incline at almost 9,000 ft elevation. However, as sometimes happens at these elevations in the rainforest, the crater was covered in clouds. We were actually standing among the clouds, completely surrounded.

We then made our way to LaPaz Waterfall Gardens. Among the amazing gardens and tropical foliage are hummingbirds, monkeys, butterflies, snakes, frogs, jungle cats, a huge sloth, a replica 1800′s homestead, and the trail down through the 5 huge waterfalls.

After LaPaz, we returned to Heredia. Students ate dinner with their homestay families, and for the most part, we called it a night. Language classes begin in the morning. All students have to arrive at the school an hour early for their oral placement test.

 

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Day 3: Classes Begin!

The first day of school! Students arrived at 7:30 to school this morning to fill out their paperwork and have their oral interview. After a brief orientation, they were placed with their teachers and classes began.

At the first break, they came out raving about how great their class and their teachers are. The students are divided up into small groups and are communicating completely in Spanish. Several have shared with me how unbelievable it is that conversation is no much easier after being immersed in Spanish for only 2 days!

After school, the group was divided into two groups to make our city tour easier. Each group ate a typical Costa Rican lunch called a “casado” and toured the surrounding area.

Upon completing the city tour, we had our first Salsa dance class. It was very interesting! This afternoon, the students had some time to browse the surrounding market and shops before returning to their homestay for dinner.

 

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