International Trip Has Students Explore New Cultures

International Trip Has Students Explore New Cultures
Photo of students on trip through New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii

The New Zealand/Australia/Hawaii trip with Mrs. Reese and Mr. Nilsen allowed students to explore the culture, wildlife, and wonders of these amazing places.  Some of the many highlights included: exploring the Whakarewarewa Geyser with active geysers, hot springs, and mud pools in New Zealand.

Additionally, students:

  • Learned about indigenous people by spending time with the Maori peoples.  Students participated in creating their carvings and weavings, as well as indulged in a traditional Maori feast.
  • Visited one of the 28 UNESCO mixed cultural and World Heritage sites (Tongariro National Park) where students explored steaming craters, old lava flows, and thermal lakes, while hiking to the summit where Lord of the Rings was filmed.
  • Discovered how penguins live and play on Phillips Island, Australia.  Students had a chance to interact with koalas and kangaroos, as well as watch penguins feed and perform their evening walk to burrow and sleep for the evening.
  • Witnessed the power of wind and erosion as they visited the Port Campbell National Park. Erosion has created beautiful rock formations called the 12 apostles.
  • Viewed stars and planets in the night sky at the Sydney Observatory.
  • Saw first-hand why WWII began by taking a tour of Pearl Harbor and then interacted with the Polynesian peoples in a traditional Luau.
  • Learned about the chemical process of making coffee at a one of a kind Kona coffee plantation.
  • Witnessed volcano Kilauea erupt!

Below are pictures highlighting some of the great experiences.  All photos are courtesy of Ms. Cindy Reese and Mr. Christopher Nilsen.
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