By Brendan Parks
Seven students, accompanied by Ken Gobbo (Social Science & Education) and Eve Leons (Spanish), will go to Costa Rica for a co-curricular service project over Spring Break. They are going to the city of San Pedro to teach elementary children to speak English. Landmark students will also learn about teaching and a little of Spanish and of course Costa Rican culture.
Students will teach English in the morning and take Spanish and take part in culture activities in the afternoons. They will also experience the culture by living with local families during their stay.
“I have visited Costa Rica several times over the past few years,” Gobbo said, about coming up the project. “I designed this program together with some people I know from San Pedro who run a local language institute.”
The group is also planning to take two excursions during the Sunday and the Saturday they are there. One trip will be to see the Orisi valley where they will get a chance to see some of the wildlife and natural beauty of the countryside.
The other trip will be to see the Poas Volcano and take a waterfall hike. Gobbo thinks the students on this trip will experience and learn a lot in a short period of time.
The seven students that go will learn new skills that they will be able to apply in the future.
In addition, if past study abroad trips are a guide, there will be a camaraderie formed among all that attend.
Gobbo hopes the students will get an understanding of the culture, a little experience teaching, and most of all, a fun and rewarding spring break.¨