I hold an adamant belief that travel can be an invaluable, life-altering experience. Families that have the means to travel often see it as a luxury, and take for granted the incredible learning that they and their children gain. I work in an alternative high school – most of my students are from families that do not have anywhere near those kinds of means. Their experiences have been, in large part, a struggle and the larger world is mostly an abstraction – including the potential wonder and hope that it can hold. Monteverde, Costa Rica epitomizes that kind of wonder and hope – blending the culture of indigenous inhabitants with that of the American Quaker settlers that arrived in the 1950’s, and balancing a model of conservation with becoming an international eco-tourism destination. The book, Walking With Wolf, tells this story in a remarkable way.
We are now in the midst of a year-long interdisciplinary class that will include Walking With Wolf, student blogs (which I hope you'll check out on the right), individual research projects, and a 10-day trip to Monteverde this Spring. The students are working hard and must fundraise their entire way there - they need your help. If you are willing to support their efforts,
checks can be made out to “Lister Academy – Costa Rica Class”, and mailed to: Robert J. Lister Academy, Attn: Bryan Mascio, 35 Sherburne Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

We have arrived after a long day of travel. We are all very excited to finally be here. While traveling we saw some pretty amazing things. We got to see the sunset which was beautiful. Tomorrow we are having breakfast with the people who own the place. Then we are off to the cheese factory . But this is the best part of the day we get to meet Wolf, Kay, Lucky and Eladio. We are looking forward to the amazing adventures we have ahead. Well since we are all absolutely exhausted we are going to bed. Goodnight!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you all made it safe and sound. I look forward to reading your posts every day and living vicariously through you on this trip!!