Student Dispatches

Tortuguero Adventures


Well, Saturday was a long day for our group. We had to get picked at 5:00 am for our day trip all the way to Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast. Arriving at Tortuguero involves not only a long bus ride, but also a boat trip of more than an hour down the Rio Suerte to the national park. We met our tour at the school and after crossing the Continental Divide, stopped for a delicious breakfast. 

Sunday in Playarenas


Sunday was a free day in our schedule, but we didn't want to waste the opportunity to experience more of Costa Rica. So, we pooled together some of our spending money and coordinated a trip to the beach!

Return from Tortugera


We spent Saturday morning enjoying some down time at the hotel before beginning the long trip back to San Isidro. We all needed a little relaxation time, especially after being awakened by the Howler Monkeys around 5 each morning. They sound just like their name, very loud! Costa Rica has 25% of its land protected. Tortugera is one of the large protected areas, which means there is really lots of wildlife and it's very nearby!

Day 2 in Tortugera


Today we spent the whole day in Tortugera. We started with an early morning (5:45 departure!) boat ride into the jungle to spot local wildlife. We saw toucans, cormorants, a caiman, big spiders, lizards, a poisonous dart frog, monkeys and lot of other birds.


Hello from the train!


We arrived. Just a quick update from the Montparnasse train in Paris, where we await the TGV to get to Tours.  Very few slept in the plane rides!

The Adventure Begins!


Today the Lakeridge students say goodbye to their parents at the Portland airport as their adventure to France begins.

Before taking off for France:



Adventure in Tortugero



Today we set out for a 3 day adventure in Tortugero, a turtle refuge on the east coast of Costa Rica. Our bus left bright and early, at 6am, for the 4 hour ride. We then transferred to a boat for the last hour of the trip. Tortugero is only accessible by boat or airplane - there are no roads or cars here!

Students Learn to Make Costa Rican Food


After class on Thursday, we had cooking lessons. We made chalupas and a very Costa Rican dessert, Arroz con leche. Here are some photos.

Volunteering at the Nursing Home


Today we spent 2.5 hours at a local nursing home. First helping out with landscaping, laundry, maintenance and interacting with the residents. Then we played bingo with the residents, including giving out prizes to all the winners. The kids did a great job helping out and interacting with the people. It clearly made the day of many residents, and we were all proud of the students and their kind behavior.

Students Learn to Salsa


Lakeridge students learn how to do the salsa during one of the first few days in Costa Rica. Click on the link below to see students showing off some dance moves.


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