NMSU students had more free time their second week, and they filled it with exciting activities! On Wednesday morning, some students chose to take advantage of their time off by bungee jumping. From a platform 143 meters high, five students (Vanessa, Kendall, Jason, Justin, and Sante) dove into the sky, bouncing gently above the treetops. Such bravery! Other group members decided to spend their mornings at different butterfly gardens in Monteverde. “Butterfly garden” is a bit simplistic of a term, as the students were also able to enjoy insects, frogs, hummingbirds and small reptiles!
On Thursday morning, many group members took advantage of the beautiful, sunny day and went horseback riding at Sabine’s Smiling Horses. On a two hour tour of the finca, the students took in the incredible views of Monteverde. The horses were beautiful, well-groomed, and friendly.
On Thursday afternoon, the students celebrated the end of their two-week course with a graduation ceremony. The students prepared various presentations and the teachers presented them with their certificados, or diplomas. Lots of laughs and memories were shared. At the end, the students watched a slideshow of all of the incredible experiences they’ve had here. They have really accomplished a lot in two weeks. It was a great culmination of everything they had done. It’s amazing to think this is just the beginning of the group’s foray into world travels. Imagine what the future holds for them!
Thursday evening the students played soccer with other CPI students at some canchas sintéticas. Although outnumbered, NMSU claimed victory! It was an excellent team effort. After the game, the students enjoyed homemade helados de coco, frutas y sandía. ¡Qué rico!
The students had a very early wakeup call on Friday morning – 2 am! Everyone boarded the bus by 2:30 am and began the journey down the mountain to return to Heredia. The group arrived to rafting at 8 am, enjoyed a quick breakfast, and headed to the river. There, they were outfitted with life vests, paddles, and helmets. The students divided into three groups and were on their way! Amazing sights greeted the group. The spectacular rapids were a perfect balance of fun and exciting. About 3/4 of the way through, the group stopped to have a picnic lunch along the banks of the river. The lack of sleep was worth it! The students got to swim through some calm parts of the river – even a canyon in which scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed! The group returned to Heredia and enjoyed one last group meal. What an incredible experience this group shared – no one was left unchanged by it!