Crown Point teacher Jayna Andersen recently led a group of local students and adults on a tour of Costa Rica. Making the trek were with Andersen were Crown Point students Mara Vradenburg, Jaice Spring, Heather Ryan, Abigail Carpenter and Michael Enman; Moriah student Matt Rice; and adults Mary Ann Carpenter, JoAnn Gibbs and Ronnie Ryan.
A Crown Point teacher recently led a group of local students and adults on a tour of Costa Rica.
Jayna Andersen led the nine-day Education First adventure.
“I am so glad I took this trip,” Andersen said. “It was an experience of a lifetime and I am so glad I got to share with the people I did. I will go back to Costa Rica soon and anyone who is considering it shouldn’t hesitate to go. You will not regret it.”
Making the trek were with Andersen were Crown Point students Mara Vradenburg, Jaice Spring, Heather Ryan, Abigail Carpenter and Michael Enman; Moriah student Matt Rice; and adults Mary Ann Carpenter, JoAnn Gibbs and Ronnie Ryan.
The trip began in the capital of San Jose leading to a visit of the Poas Volcano National Park. The following days included kayaking, hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, horseback riding, zip lining, a hike through a cloud forest and planting trees.
“The highlight for a lot of the travelers was a boat tour on the Tarcoles River in Carara National Park, which is the most densely populated river of crocodiles in the world,” Andersen said. “The tour guide got out of the boat and fed crocodiles just a few feet away from the boat.
“On our way to the Pacific coast we stopped to visit a local school,” she added. “The students at the school performed traditional dances for us and then we spent time playing soccer and touring their school. All our travelers loved this experience and most wanted to stay longer at the school. It was so nice for them to be able to interact with students from another culture even though there was a language barrier between them.”
The two days we spent on the Pacific Coast were a scorching 98 degrees but
“It was absolutely gorgeous and a true definition of paradise,” Andersen said. “We spent a whole day at Manuel Antonio National Park which is a protected beach. We had close interactions with lizards, monkeys and raccoons, who made off with most of our lunches. Our final night in San Jose was spent on top of a mountain overlooking the city lights for a folklore dinner and show.
“Of all the places I have travelled I can honestly say that I have never been to a country with nicer more welcoming and friendly people,” she said. “They were genuinely happy to have us and showed interest in the activities we had planned and expressed concern for our opinions of their beautiful country.”
Andersen is already planning her next adventure, a trip to Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland in 2014. Interested people, students from any school and adults, are welcome to join and can contact Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.