by Hollie Pratt-Campbell - One crash course in culture shock coming right up.
Twenty students from Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School are travelling to the remote Costa Rican fishing village of Parismina this week to fulfil a requirement for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
The rigorous academic program is aimed at highly motivated students who are interested in receiving an education with a global perspective. The IB diploma requires students to complete 150 hours of creativity, action, and service, in which they strive to make a difference in the lives of others.
"We try to arrange opportunities for students to get involved in something like this to complete that requirement," says teacher and guidance councillor Len Whalen. "[This trip will inspire them to] ask questions about the greater existence of life outside our own community, and the challenges they face working within another culture."
The students will work with the organization Globe Aware, which offers local community projects financial assistance and help with manual labour; they will have opportunities to work at Parismina's turtle hatchery, help out at schools, and work in restoration projects across the community. [...]
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