Our students live in rural Alaska, and many are dependent on traditional subsistence activities such as fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering. Our school takes days off in September for students to hunt moose, caribou, and birds. Many students take days off to attend potlatches and participate in cultural events.
Students love the outdoors, hands-on activities, and engagement with community members.
They are creative and passionate kids who are looking to expand their horizons beyond rural Alaska while keeping in touch with their roots.
These 9 students are in their first year of Spanish and need the opportunity to practice speaking the language in an authentic setting. In Costa Rica, they will be meeting with a school in Monteverde and working with a sea turtle sanctuary. They have been fundraising hard: picking up garbage, running many car washing, hauling wood, detailing cars, clean up horse corrals, working sports concessions, and doing raffles. They have paid for most of the trip, with some help from parents. They are hoping that generous donors will reimburse the cost of the trip so they are able to reimburse their parents. Our male chaperone was also diagnosed with cancer, and a parent kindly stepped up to chaperone, even though we did not have the funds raised for him. We would like to be able to reimburse him.
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