PERU — The junior/senior Spanish class at St. Bede Academy is packing its bags for a week-long trip to the beautiful shores of Costa Rica.
This will be the first abroad trip for the class, but Spanish teacher Katherine Gonzalez is hoping to make it a tradition.
She said when learning a second language, it’s helps to fall in love with the culture, as well.
“In order to inspire St. Bede’s next generation of global citizens, we’ve planned a trip to Costa Rica,” she said.
Gonzalez plans to take 14 students on the trip this year. The group will leave early Sunday morning out of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and return the following Sunday, April 23.
Students will spend an entire week during their spring break in an immersion tour, specifically designed to help them with their listening and communication skills through a combination of authentic cultural experiences and interactive lessons, Gonzalez said.
Each day has a well planned-out theme, such as Costa Rican biodiversity, culinary traditions, history, food and dance.
“As our students kayak across lakes and interact with locals, they’ll expand their fluency, confidence and passion for the Spanish language,” Gonzalez said.
The students met briefly last week to talk about some of the things they were looking forward to doing and seeing. It will be all but one students’ first trip to Costa Rica.
Many say they are excited to explore the new culture and food and make everlasting memories with their high school friends. Students are also excited to visit a school similar to theirs to see and study what the education experience is like in Costa Rica.
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