A group of CDS students and Middle School teacher Karla Weidner just got back from an exciting trip to Costa Rica in partnership with the organization EcoTeach. The eight-day journey stressed ecology, conservation, and cultural exchange. The group patrolled a beach looking for nesting Leatherback turtles, dug a breeding pond for endangered Tiger Leaf frogs, visited a ten student school, and toured an organic farm. While the trip focus was conservation, the group did have an opportunity to hang out in the hot springs near Arenal volcano and went zip lining through the rainforest.
“It was an incredible travel experience for all involved,” said Karla Weidner. “This group was exceptional in that they embraced all of their experiences, whether it was food, the weather, the language, or the amazing people of Costa Rica. Our guide commented on how open this group of kids was, and she was so sad to see us go.”
Travelers included Ryan Bastin’17, Kieran Clark ‘18, Olivia Faith Diamond ‘18, John Kelly Douglas 19’, Solomon Goldstein ‘19, Mathew Morrison ‘19, and Carly Oreck ‘19. They worked side-by-side with local community members, and become immersed in the beauty of the country and its people.
EcoTeach is an organization that brings student groups, teachers, individuals and families to Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru for ecological expeditions that focus on conservation work, authentic cultural exchange, guided exploration, and fun.
For more information about Carolina Day School, its pre-kindergarten through twelve independent day school program, call 828-274-0757 or visit carolinaday.org.