Pura Vida from Home-Sweet-Home!

PrintWe arrived back at LAX yesterday afternoon safe and sound. I think it is safe to say that although we all had a wonderful time, it was nice to be returning back home. Enjoy the photos below, they are a snippet of the adventures and experiences we had in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

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Pura Vida from Costa Rica!

PrintToday was another big travel day for the group, this time by bus from La Fortuna to Montevede, a small town in the cloud forest. Heavy rains made the “normal” route inaccessible, meaning we got to take the scenic detour via the Pan-American highway. Weather has been rainy and was humid in La Fortuna; it is much cooler and windier here in Monteverde.  The last couple days have been full of many exciting things: a visit to a volcano, swimming near a waterfall and at a hot springs, kayaking at Lake Arenal, a visit to a local elementary school, and more. We are all doing well and having a blast. Pura Vida!

 

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Pura Vida from Costa Rica!

Print Greetings from Costa Rica!

We all made it here safe and sound with all of our luggage (after a couple celebrity sightings at LAX), and we had a busy day here in San Jose. We visited INBioparque, where we learned about the biodiversity of Costa Rica, then toured Cafe Britt and learned about how coffee in produced. In the evening we had mass at a cathedral downtown, and ate dinner at the hotel afterwards. There are many pictures to come! Today we leave for Arenal, with a stop at a volcano along the way 😀 Adios for now!

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Science trip to Costa Rica – Round 2!!

Print                                        ~ PURA VIDA ~

                    Costa Rica Here We Come – AGAIN!!!

We depart today on another amazing adventure!!!

What: Science department trip to Costa Rica.

When: We depart on Friday, July 25th and return on Sunday, August 3rd.

Why: To participate in an engaging, hands-on experience with a focus on science, inquiry and adventure.

Who: 30 Mater Dei students (2014-2015: sophomores, juniors and seniors) and 5 excited chaperones.

Throughout our trip we will be posting to Mane Message with exciting updates and pictures. You can already see some highlights from the first group’s trip here from July 11th to July 20th. We would love to have you follow along with us as we, too, get to explore everything this beautiful country has to offer.

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Costa Rica Memories

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These are some of the pictures taken throughout the trip. So many amazing experiences and memories created.

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Costa Rica Memories

This slideshow is when our students got to plant trees in the middle of the rainforest. The reforestation project is to create a corridor (highway of trees for the animals) that houses over 5 million trees. Even though we just planted seven trees, we were making a difference and working towards the goal, one tree at a time.

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Costa Rica Memories

Here are some pictures from our Costa Rica trip. This slide show is from our visit to the elementary school- AguaAzul. It was an amazing experience for both their students and ours. We learned some cultural dances, showed the kids our Mater Dei Alma Mater, got a tour of their two-room school, had a snack (watermelon), took lots of pictures together and of course played outside (soccer and tag). I know it was an enlightening day that our students will never forget.

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Enjoy.

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