MPA seventh- and eighth-graders got a chance to practice their Spanish and French language skills and explore language and culture, community service, and environmental sustainability on trips to Costa Rica and Quebec last month.

COSTA RICA
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Highlights of seven days in San Jose, Costa Rica, included:

  • visiting the Maleku, an indigenous people of Costa Rica;
  • volunteering to help clean and paint a local public school;
  • seeing artifacts from pre-Colombian civilizations at the San Jose national museum;
  • visiting a nature reserve to see waterfalls and flora and fauna including native butterflies, hummingbirds, and snakes;
  • learning about sustainable farming, grassroots forestry, and the impact humans have on conservation and the environment;
  • having lunch with Costa Rican families;
  • touring the small village of La Guacima;
  • practicing Spanish with native speakers; and
  • dancing and cooking classes.

QUEBEC
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Highlights of five days in Quebec City and Montreal included:

  • sightseeing in and around Quebec City, including landmarks such as Hotel de Glace and Montmorency Falls;
  • breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and lots of croissants at Parisian-inspired cafes and bistros;
  • learning about Quebecois history, including French Canadians and the First Nations, and exploring local traditions in maple syrup production, woodcarving, and the copper trade;
  • touring an authentic reconstruction of a Huron village;
  • watching and participating in interactive performances by history-themed musical and theater troupes;
  • dog sledding and inner-tube sledding;
  • practicing French with native speakers;
  • touring local historic and artistic neighborhoods; and
  • taking in the sights and sounds of Montreal’s busiest outdoor market.
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  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
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  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
  • Chicago Private School - Quebec
  • Chicago Private School - Quebec