Taking an interest in Spanish after learning it in class for many years, sophomore Dalya Ackerman looked for a program that would involve both the language and community service. She discovered Rustic Pathways through school and set her sights on Costa Rica. Ackerman attended the Spanish Language Immersion program from July 12 to Aug. 3.
For nine days in Turrialba, Ackerman lived with a host family who only speaks Spanish while attending Spanish class four hours every morning. Activities such as zip lining, exploring museums, taking cooking classes and strolling through botanical gardens took up the afternoons. Ackerman also spent a day with her host family, and went to a festival of fireworks, music, dancing and rides held by the plaza church.
Ackerman experienced rafting down the Pacuare River, working on a ranch, and teaching English to children in an elementary school. Participating in these activities offered insight on planning a summer camp for local children sponsored by Rustic Pathways.
“This trip really changed my perspective of the world. I got to experience another life living in Costa Rica with a host family,” said Ackerman.
She hopes her time spent in Costa Rica will help her in her Spanish class.