This past June we had a remarkable group of educators from Deerfield Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy and The Island School collaborate with local educators and the CIRENAS faculty in order to help create our new Semester Course Curriculum. All of the course participants were immersed in the local culture and exposed to as much of the natural beauty surrounding our site as possible in their 8 day course. From their experiences both in Costa Rica and from their years of teaching everyone joined efforts to help identify CIRENAS’ strengths and help identify potential questions or concerns from sending schools, students and parents.
The highlight for everyone as usual were our visits to the local schools where the teachers all played soccer, judged art contests and made new friends. Participants also went on hikes in the Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuge, conducted beach clean ups, viewed the watershed from horseback and planted trees to commemorate everyone’s hard work over the course of the week. Everyone’s hard work did indeed pay off in the greatest gift that any group could bestow on us, a framework for our new Semester Course. The week was a huge success and everyone left commenting on how much potential they felt CIRENAS has and are looking forward to hearing about how the semester course goes this winter.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this collaboration, we had a great time getting to know all of you better.