Over the recent February break, eight SFP students traveled to Costa Rica with Mr. Cohen. During their stay, they were able to engage in many typical tourist activities such as kayaking, swimming, zip-lining, hiking, etc. However, the students would agree that visiting a Costa Rican primary school named "La Guaria" was one of the most incredible experiences of their trip.
The Prep students, along with 20 students from Manchester Essex Regional High School in Massachusetts, got to meet and bond with the children. The "La Guaria" school is located on the Costa Rican countryside, about 20 minutes away from the popular tourist town of La Fortuna. The school has 19 students in each grade where the majority come from Nicaraguan families. The principal and teacher, Alex, does his best to help these underprivileged children learn, despite the lack of resources. As soon as the American students arrived at the school, the Costa Rican children introduced themselves and performed two traditional local dances. They explained that the majority of the children live far away and must walk several miles every morning just to get to school. Afterwards, the younger students received donations of toys and school supplies from their visitors. They were very thankful for their gifts and it was evident that it truly meant a lot to them.
Then, the Costa Rican children were taught how to play "Simon Says", or "Simón Dice" as they liked to call it. Next, it was time to relax and have fun; everyone played soccer, Frisbee, and hopscotch. When it was time to leave, the young students took photos with their high school visitors, knowing it was unlikely that they would see each other again. The children were sad as their American friends were leaving, but they would never forget that day.