Crown Point A Crown Point teacher recently led a group of local students and adults on a tour of Costa Rica.
Jayna Andersen led the nine-day Education First adventure.
“I am so glad I took this trip,” Andersen said. “It was an experience of a lifetime and I am so glad I got to share with the people I did. I will go back to Costa Rica soon and anyone who is considering it shouldn’t hesitate to go. You will not regret it.”
Making the trek were with Andersen were Crown Point students Mara Vradenburg, Jaice Spring, Heather Ryan, Abigail Carpenter and Michael Enman; Moriah student Matt Rice; and adults Mary Ann Carpenter, JoAnn Gibbs and Ronnie Ryan.
The trip began in the capital of San Jose leading to a visit of the Poas Volcano National Park. The following days included kayaking, hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, horseback riding, zip lining, a hike through a cloud forest and planting trees.
“The highlight for a lot of the travelers was a boat tour on the Tarcoles River in Carara National Park, which is the most densely populated river of crocodiles in the world,” Andersen said. “The tour guide got out of the boat and fed crocodiles just a few feet away from the boat.
“On our way to the Pacific coast we stopped to visit a local school,” she added. “The students at the school performed traditional dances for us and then we spent time playing soccer and touring their school. All our travelers loved this experience and most wanted to stay longer at the school. It was so nice for them to be able to interact with students from another culture even though there was a language barrier between them.”
The two days we spent on the Pacific Coast were a scorching 98 degrees but