The British School of Costa Rica compared to Reagan
Reagan is a school which I have come to love, the classes, the students, and even the teachers! So when I heard there was another IB school [the British School of Costa Rica] here in Costa Rica I was excited, but I was also skeptical. As the Costa Crew walked up to the school, we were all marveled at its greenery. The school was so integrated with nature, the classrooms basically walked into the outdoors. As an IB school they had a lot of the same projects as we had, such as the Personal Project and the Extended Essay. They do not have the same A/B day schedule; however, they get a random order of classes in a week. The school itself is very culturally diverse there are a lot of kids from China, Korea, and even India! I am almost jealous of there school, but one thing we do have in common is that there is no AC. The visit helped the Costa Crew (and the other IB students) use our communication, social and research skills.
Project Highlight: Teenage Lifestyle in Costa Rica
Today we went to the British School of Costa Rica, which helped a lot with my project. Once we got to the school a couple of seniors took groups of 3-4 people on a tour of the school. My project is how teens lifestyles in Costa Rica and Panama are different than my lifestyle in Milwaukee, so I got a lot of good information from the tour guide. She gave me the times they start school (8:00 am), how long school is (January to November) and a bunch of other things helpful for my project. She also told me that the students there like to bring their own food from home because the lunch is pretty expensive. Other people in my group asked questions that helped their project too. Overall, this experience really helped my project because I got to directly observe a school and ask questions of students.
Doka Coffee Tour
Today we had the amazing opportunity to visit a coffee plantation to have a tour of it! After lunch, we were given sample of some cinnamon iced coffee, and it was so good. We were then given a detailed explanation about the process of making coffee. First, the coffee cherries are handpicked by hundreds of workers. Then the coffee beans are taken out and put in the sun to dry out. The quality of the coffee cherries is determined by whether or not they sink it water. The heavier ones are deemed a better quality and are exported. Once the coffee beans are extracted they are roasted anywhere from 10-18 minutes depending on the type of roast that is desired. After learning all about the process of making coffee, we were able to purchase some of the famous Costa Rican coffee. Overall I am very grateful for this opportunity because I was not only able to taste some of the coffee, but learn all about how they make it!
Being here in Costa Rica has been a blast. I don't usually go on vacations and I have never went with the school but this was one experience I'm glad I did not miss out on as it was fun and taught me a lot. Sadly it is all coming to an end like everything has to at one point. But, I can still share the sights and sounds I discovered. Tonight we had a night that cannot be forgotten. The Costa Crew and I visited a nice restaurant where they held a folklore dinner, and it was delicious and entertaining. The dancers were very nice and invited the whole costa crew to join in on a conga line and then a couple rounds of limbo. Their dresses were beautiful and the men wore sturdy clothing as well with a nice bright orange and blue mix. The dancers made loud screeches that was kind of funny. The screeching sound was what the cowboys from Costa Rica used to do to express how happy they were. I really enjoyed the indigenous dances!
Trip Reflection: IB Learner Profile
Before this trip I was pretty anxious to go because I've never been outside of the States before, so it's been an exciting adventure and being on Day 8 looking back it is pretty cool out in Costa Rica and it was fun to visit Panama as well even though we spent like two days there. On Day 7 we went to the waterfall, it was fun at first I didn't want to get in because of the strong current but I eventually gave in and went in with the help of another student to help motivate me to be a RISK TAKER. I swam against the current for a bit and to my surprise I didn't get swept away like a twig. Well, not that much but I was able to swim to shore before it would take me on a wild ride. After the waterfall we went to the chocolate tour, it was so much fun our guide "El Chapo" was super funny. I didn't think I really was going to volunteer as much as I did, I was able to volunteer at least 3 or 4 times. I was pretty OPEN-MINDED and it was quite funny that I was the only one who volunteered when it was time to blow the shells away from the good part of the chocolate. Last but not least today we went to the British School of Costa Rica. I was asking so many questions I was practically interrogating my tour guide about their school. The most shocking part I found out (Well what I thought was shocking) is that their school doesn't have theatre class. Plus they DON'T have to take the ACT unless they want to which is crazy lucky for them. I was an INQUIRER by asking so many questions and I learned quite a bit by asking. So far I'd say the trip is going excellent and I'm fairly sure it's going to get more exciting seeing it's almost time for us to go back I'm sure we're finishing with the best of the best things we will do on this trip.