PHS students discover Costa Rica

A group including 41 Plymouth High School students spent 10 days this summer traveling through Costa Rica.

The group was chaperoned by Spanish teachers Laura Koebel, Court Ramaeker and Rommy Herrera; math teacher Meredith Herrera; and Riverview reading specialist Kendra Ramaeker.

“The Costa Rica trip is a valuable experience for students and teachers,” Rommy Herrera said. “Having the opportunity to be outside of your comfort zone brings out different aspects of everyone’s personality. My favorite part of the trip is seeing students so energized and excited to learn more about the culture and use their Spanish skills.”

Students stayed for three nights with host families, eating the traditional breakfast of gallo pinto (a mixture of beans and rice with cilantro) and fried plantains, which are a similar fruit to bananas.

They worked in a daycare for underprivileged children, talked with students at an elementary school about cultural differences and cheered on Costa Rica’s soccer team in the World Cup games.

Adventures included hiking and zip-lining in Arenal Volcano National Park, hiking at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and hiking to La Fortuna waterfall. The group also visisted Baldi Hot Springs, a coffee plantation and a chocolate plantation and spent a day at a beach.

The final day the group boarded a catamaran and headed to Isla Tortuga, a little island off the coast where they spent the day snorkeling, swimming and going on banana boat rides.

“We were all touched by this experience,” said student Sophie Gentine. “Everyone will always have the pictures and the memories, but also a little slice of home in a country of peace loving people.”

Read Sophie’s full account of the trip and see a gallery of 200 photos on the Plymouth School District website,

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