9/12/2017 10:58:00 AM SHS students love their time in Nicaragua
Nineteen Stewartville High School students and six chaperones spent eight days in Nicaragua this past June, including three days helping build a classroom at a rural school and five days exploring Granada and traveling as big-city tourists. Michele Van Bibber, physical education and health teacher at SHS, described the people of Nicaragua as kind, warm-hearted and content.
While in Nicaragua, the Stewartville group stayed at the Posada del Sol in the heart of the city of Granada. The hotel had a pool and common areas where the travelers played cards and games.
This past June, 19 Stewartville High School students and six chaperones took a trip they'll never forget. The students, teachers and parents, sanctioned by SHS's Service and Study Abroad program, spent eight days in Nicaragua, including three days helping build a classroom at a rural school and five days exploring Granada and traveling as big-city tourists. Michele Van Bibber, physical education and health teacher at Stewartville High School and a leader of the Study and Service Abroad program, said the trip was one of the most amazing experiences she's ever had. "Nicaragua is an extremely gorgeous landscaped country, with amazing water bodies and breathtaking volcanoes," she said. "The lush jungle provides home for unique wildlife. We even saw howler monkeys lounging in the trees and held a sticky-fingered tree frog." She described the people of Nicaragua as kind, generous and content. "They are very happy people with warm-hearted personalities, and they're very welcoming," she said. The travelers stayed at Los Volcanes in rural Managua, a private facility prepared especially for them. They lodged in separate bunk houses and had individual bathrooms, a common area and a pool. A pineapple grove and dragonfruit field were nearby. The group ate food prepared each morning, noon and evening by local staff that worked at the facility. There were rice and beans, fresh juices and various meats... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Sept. 12 Stewartville STAR.