Last week, each grade level in Middle School traveled to a different location in Panama on an overnight adventure focused on community building, service, and fun!
Our 6th grade students travelled to El Valle, where they spent their two days pushing their limits and comfort zone through hiking, team building challenges, and other outdoor adventures. One of the highlights of the trip was when our 6th graders hiked the iconic India Dormida Mountain, and when they drove through the mountains to the Sloth Canyon Waterfall. Following the epic outdoor adventures, the 6th graders enjoyed some community building time by playing in the pool and enjoying meals together.
Our 7th grade students travelled to Buenaventura, where they balanced fun at the beach with meaningful service at a local school. After arriving at Buenaventura and unpacking, students spent the first afternoon at a school in Rio Hato. Prior to the trip, our 7th grade students led a fundraising effort in which they raised over $2,000 to support the installation of a running water system at the school. During our visit, ISP students hosted students from the school in eight different activities ranging from STEM challenges to tag, math exploration activities to “steal the bacon.” On Friday, our students completed the trip by learning how to make chocolate, Congo art, and pushing their limits by completing a high-ropes course.
Our 8th grade students took a ferry to the beautiful Isla Bolanos, where they spent two days having fun in the sun, while also engaging in a science activity about creating soundscapes. Embracing our commitment to looking after the planet as well as we look after each other, our 8th grade students camped at an eco-friendly resort. During their stay, 8th grade students had a chance to swim, paddle board, and build community on the island.