Our students are a diverse set of forward-thinking young women, with an interest in history, Spanish, and STEM. They are inquisitive, have great leadership skills, positive attitudes, and are ready to take charge. As a Title I school, many of our students come from low-income households and this project is a great opportunity for them to see the world and how it works. This project is a 9-day educational trip to Costa Rica. This project means a lot to my students since they will also be able to personalize it and put their own perspective on their project.
Our project is designed as an interdisciplinary and experiential learning course about Costa Rica that we focus through three lenses. For our STEM focus, students will be able to look at real-world data and analyze their findings in order to solve real-world problems. Through a history lens, students will practice analyzing the implications of historical relationships to the present. Students will also practice their Spanish speaking skills and learn about Costa Rican culture. As a team, students are fundraising for the trip, as well as supporting each other’s inquiry projects. Through our travel, students will develop empathy for other people in different societies.
Throughout the school year, our students will investigate Costa Rica through the topics of their choice via synchronous and asynchronous means, then design their own projects.
In Their Own Words
Our goal is to conduct projects that will be unique to Costa Rica. We will be asking powerful questions that can only be answered with a field study in Costa Rica.
Create a montage of the trip along with blogs to show how people live their everyday lives in Costa Rica. Pictures and descriptions of people we meet or the surroundings will be included.
The goal of my project is to focus on the business and tourism as a way to delve into why CR is a leading competitor in international tourism. Things I would focus on in particular are imports, popular venues, and what makes people want to travel there.
My goal is to understand how the healthcare system works in Costa Rica. The way it works may be very different from how healthcare works in the United States, so comparing and contrasting will show why the different processes work the way they do.
As a native Spanish speaker, I have taken the role of guiding the class in understanding and learning the language.
I will work my hardest as a leader, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone to complete certain tasks. Traveling to a foreign place to help our global community is a privilege.
I’ll try my best as a leader to help out with the project by getting things done. I’m willing to kind of help everyone on track with what they have to do and lend a helping hand even though I’m still learning Spanish.
This project is important to our school community and the people going on the trip because it allows students to go out in the world as well as get a firsthand experience in community service and working with the people in Costa Rica. We get to learn from other cultures and have a firsthand experience that will change the way we see the world.
This project makes you think about other cultures and other people outside your perspective. We compare cultures that we already know from our community to this new culture of Costa Ricans.
This project is important to our school because of the connection to other cultures. As a school, we take pride in is our diversity of cultures, ethnicity, and ideas. We are fortunate enough to go out and explore different parts of the world that just gives us more of an insight into how to bring people together for change.
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