In October 2019, 26 students from Highclare School embarked upon their geography trip to Costa Rica. Their itinerary took in a route covering both the Pacific & the Atlantic coasts, from rainforests & beaches, to volcanoes and national parks, with socially responsible activities at the heart of the itinerary.
The 26 students journeyed from the capital, San Jose, to Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast and then via the Arenal volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve to the Pacific coast, staying in seven different hotels on their journey.
While the students enjoyed a vast range of adrenaline-fuelled activities such as white water rafting, rainforest canopy zip lining, sea kayaking and snorkelling as well as spotting amazing wildlife, the real highlight of the trip was engaging in voluntary and conservation work.
Students across Highclare School raised money and donated items of stationery in anticipation of voluntary work to be undertaken during the trip.
This enabled Highclare students volunteering at a remote village primary school in Tortuguero to present every child with their own pencil case filled with essential school supplies.
Students also took supplies such as calculators, bilingual books and paper for the school.
Conservation work during the trip was focused on helping the delicate local marine ecosystem. A huge clean-up of plastic waste on a remote beach in Tortuguero yielded a vast quantity of material which could easily be mistaken for food by turtles.
The group returned in good spirits having had the time of their lives and are already planning their return trip!
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