During the February 2014 break,
Hauppauge High School’s IB Spanish, AP Spanish and Spanish 4H classes – led by
Senora Aigen and Senor Kraft – traveled to Costa Rica to immerse themselves
into the rich culture of Costa Rica. Over the course of nine days, the students
traveled from the mountainous urban sprawl of San Jose, to the bright Arenal
Volcano Area, to the lush Cloud Forest, and even to the beautiful white sand Pacific
beaches at Manuel Antonio National Park. “From horseback riding, to zip-lining,
to preparing traditional Costa Rican food, there was never a dull moment in
this beautiful country,” described Hauppauge High School Junior James Bie.
students also had an opportunity to visit one of the local Costa Rican public
schools to get a glimpse into how students learn in other cultures. The
Hauppauge students bonded with their Costa Rican counterparts by engaging in their
daily school activities as well as playing a friendly, competitive soccer game.
“Between the wonderful food, people, countryside, and the friends made along the way, this learning experience has been an unforgettable journey into a bold and familiar, yet different, culture than our own,” stated Bie.