What an absolutely amazing first half of our program in Cozumel!

As an educator, it’s such a delight to see the energy that buzzes through our hotel home at all times of the day (and night) and be witness to all the learning that is taking place within and beyond the classroom walls. Overhearing discussions about pathetic fallacy over breakfast, watching as students rehearse their modern-day re-enactments of Shakespeare by the pool after lunch, and literally having to cut short student-teacher meetings in the hotel lobby at 11:00PM so that everyone is in their room at curfew, is the norm. All of these things are testimony to the eager, hard-working nature of our students and the amazing dedication of our teaching staff. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a group of teachers so invested in their students’ education…they’re most definitely in great hands!!

Outside of class time, you’ll find our students jumping into the ocean from the pier, playing ping-pong in the games room, sampling the local cuisine (usually tacos), and running into town to workout at the Gimnasio. All of these things are definitely a welcome diversion from their schoolwork and help contribute to an improved sense of well-being. Our Activity Co-ordinators, Anthony and Melissa, have done an unbelievable job at organizing and running ice-breaker games, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, beach days, talent shows, a movie night in town, and a jeopardy tournament. These activities have definitely brought the entire group closer to one another.

The optional excursions have been a highlight for many of the students. Whether it was taking the 5-day PADI certification course and seeing sharks, eels and rays on an open dive, jumping on the ferry to the mainland and walking through Chichen Itza, diving into a cenote, riding on horseback, or making Pico de gallo and guacamole in Josefina’s cocina, these experiences are sure to be remembered! Saying that, it’s always going to be the people you meet and share these experiences with that make them something special. What a great thing to see a group of young people challenge each other, care for each other, and take care of one another! In the coming days, many of our students will swim with Whale Sharks, snorkel in one of the best places in the world to do so, and spend a day at Chankanaab Beach!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for two weeks already!

Signing off from hot and sunny Cozumel (goodbye Tropical Storm Franklin)!!

Mike Linton

Program Manager

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