A day after graduation, 16 recent ninth grade graduates boarded a plane for a weeklong trip to Costa Rica to immerse themselves in Central American culture and Spanish language.
They spent a couple of days at a school in La Luca, a village in the center of the country, where they engaged in a service project, painting and repairing the school. In their spare time, they played with local students (lots of pick-up soccer!) and interacted with their families. During the second part of their trip, students traveled to the Pacific Coast where they learned to surf and zip-lined in nearby mountains to view wildlife.