Welcome to Camp

The sixth graders and their adventurous teachers set out to Camp Coleman on Wednesday morning. As we arrived we immediately appreciated the cooler temperatures and bright sunshine. All students had the opportunity to participate in water activities for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Swimming, jumping on the water trampoline, playing on a huge inflatable slide, kayaking, building sand castles, launching off of the blob, or just hanging out with friends— we really enjoyed the water!

You would think that everyone would be ready to go straight to bed after dinner, but the kids played on the field for about three hours after dinner!

Soccer Camp, Family Lunches, and Ethno-Botanist

By Dylan

Today we had a lot of fun in soccer camp, having lunch and chatting with local families, and having an ethno-botanist do a presentation. First, at the soccer camp we had our warm-ups and let a group of girls practice their cheerleading. Then, it was game-time. I was the goalie, and where the line should have been there was a large puddle, and under that puddle was a large mud pit. I’ll leave you to guess how that went. At the end of the first half I had touched the ball once, and we were up 1-0. Then in the second half they got themselves together and finished regulation 2-2 putting us in a shootout. There were 11 PKs, but everyone was focused on the goalie, putting a lot of pressure on me. At the end we won on PKs 7-3, and apparently we were the first team to come from another country to beat the Costa Rica team. Overall we had a lot of fun and made great friends!

 

By Kate

 

After we played the soccer game we road back to the eco retreat on the bus. We spent about 10 minutes. Then we walked into the neighborhood down the street to eat lunch. We split up into groups. My chaperone was Mrs. Wilmoth. My group members were Addison, Lillis, Jackson Gant, and Hudson. We went to Dona Digna’s house. We had rice, beans, and chicken for lunch with additional salad and guacamole. After we finished, we went out to see her five cows, one pig, and two bunnies. We then went to her neighbor’s house that also happened to be her family, to play soccer. At 2:30 we walked back to the Eco Retreat and had a quick turnaround. We then walked to the botanist, which was about fifteen minute walk. The botanist was really fun. We got to try a lot of plants, which were mostly really good. My favorites were the coconut, star fruit, lime, Anesthesia (which is pretty self explanatory), and the lipstick plant which when you open up and squish the seeds a red lipstick consistency. Overall I tried a lot of new things and learned so many things I otherwise wouldn’t have.

Last Day at the School and the Great Costa Rican Race

By Jackson, Benjamin, Dylan, and Gavin

Benjamin woke everyone up with a drum at 6:30 in the morning, and then Mr. Blythe did his morning ritual (this time with a mariachi band). In the morning we went to the Chilamate School and played with the kindergarteners. We whacked down a piñata with them, and they were really energetic.

We did a project where we painted a quote or saying on a metal slab. Then we hung the metal plates on a fence. Shortly after, we took a picture with the 4th graders.

Then, we played a name game with the 4th graders. We passed a football and a soccer ball around in a circle and when someone got the ball, they said their name. We also hit a piñata with the 4th graders.

We came back to the lodge and ate lunch. Then, we prepared for the adventure race. The adventure race is a challenge where you have a map, and you have to try to find your way around Costa Rica. The challenge was around our lodge. We all started the race in our teams and were on to the first station when it started to pour rain. We rushed back and waited for an hour. The delay was over, and we went back to work. We did five stations. There was dancing, rock stacking, milking a cow, an interview, and cooking. They were all amazing and delicious! We had a great time. In total Ms. Forb’s team won with the most rubber bands. Last we ended the day with our ANCHOR session. The Costa Rica race really was an adventure today.

School and Ziplining!

By Elowyn, Griffin, & Taylor

Morning-

Every person staying in the Chilamate Eco Retreat woke up the beautiful noise of Mr. Blythe yelling “GOOD MORNING, COSTA RICA!” We had breakfast at the usual time, (7:30AM), and after that we immediately grabbed our bags and headed over to Chilamate Elementary School to complete the day’s work. When we arrived, we had the wonderful opportunity to play with the kindergarteners (Kiara included ). We also got to choose where we wanted to work. Some swept, some cleaned the playground, and some worked outside building a garden. When we were finished with that, we went back to the Eco Retreat to have lunch. Some of us chose to shower, and we changed into clothes to go ziplining! Then, we got in the van to go to the ziplining place, Pozo De Azul. Our experience concluded us ziplining through a series of nine ziplines over a beautiful view of rainforest. On the last zipline we got to pass over the river rapids. While ziplining, we got to see a tarantula and also a few howler monkeys.

Then we started our way home, but we didn’t know we were stopping at a surprise location. When we arrived at the surprise location we saw that it was a Heladeria, a Costa Rica ice cream shop. We all had to order our ice cream in Spanish.    The ice cream was delicious! Then when we were all on the bus headed back.

Then we went on a night hike. We saw lizards, frogs, and lots of bugs including the red eyed tree frog. After that we headed to our rooms to go to sleep. Today was an amazing day.

India – June 13 – 15, 2018

We’ve had an incredible trip! We fly out tonight and will be back in Atlanta Saturday afternoon – at the Taj Mahal yesterday. We’ve experienced the peoples, religions, architecture, and wildlife of India – the very best of what India has to offer. The significance of what we’ve accomplished will continue to unfold in the days, months, and years to come. The “Pace” of our travel was quite intense, but we took advantage of virtually every opportunity. The students were a pleasure to travel with. They now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what is going on in this part of the world. This trip will be the basis for further experiences, study, and exploration. The student’s sense of worldliness has been enhanced. They will continue to grow and mature.

Mary Lawson & Tanner at the Taj Mahal in Agra

The gals with Nidheesh

Hanging out at the Taj

Detail shot of the Taj

Ryann Smith – stylish @ the Taj

Group shot

Dagny & Molly strike a pose at the Taj

Mughal emperor Akbar’s Fatehpur Sikri palace/fort

UNESCO World Heritage site – on the way to Agra

conference hall – seen the day before we visited the Taj Mahal

Architectural detail of Fatehpur Sikri