The wonderful Daisy Rojas, the cultural coordinator of NSA, organizes trips to La Feria de Agricultor for our students. They are packed with fun, cultural immersion, and education! Students love to look around, interact with the locals and practice their Spanish. For many of them, it's their favorite part of the week!
"The Milieu" Newsletter Article by K.M.
As the holiday season proceeds in full swing back in the United States, many NSA students are excitedly preparing for flying home and spending time with family dur- ing the holiday. Andre, who is visiting home for the first time, said, "I'm looking forward to just being with my family and friends again."
But although most students are heading home, several are staying behind. Through no fault of their own, they haven't fulfilled the minimum time limit needed or the requirement of a successful in-country visit that needs to be completed before a home visit can happen.
The holiday season is obviously a big time for family gatherings and connection. Being unable to go home for Christmas because of being at NSA has been a worry for students who are staying here during the break. Being here for Christmas isn't the most desirable option, but students are trying to think positively about it.
"I mean, I'd rather be home, but we're not always where we want to be when we want to be there, so I'm going to make the best of it," Jack, a student sticking around over Christmas, said.
Determined to make the holidays a pleasant time for everybody, NSA has organized several activities that will keep the students busy over the break. After graduation,, the students staying in Costa Rica during the holidays will load up a bus and depart for Arenal Volcano, located a few hours north of Atenas.
"I've heard Arenal is going to be a more chill week, relaxing at hot springs, hanging out by pools, stuff like that," Nico said. "It should be a good time to chill out a bit after the end of the quarter."
During this mini-aventura the week after graduation, students will spend time visiting Arenal Waterfall, standup paddleboarding on Lake Arenal, hiking across the lava flow, rafting on the Balsa River, and soaking in hot springs. (Click "Read More"...)
"The Milieu" Newsletter Article by J.S.
Anyone walking onto the NSA campus will notice the garden, an evident expression of creativity. Recently, Ryan has implemented a mas- sive bamboo trellis in the garden that will soon host different species of chayote. "Squash grow as a vine so they need some- thing to latch onto. They scale the pillars up to the top," explained Ryan. "They love it up there. After a while they will scale the wires too and create a tangled roof." The drape of vines will block out sun, creating a par- tially shaded environ- ment below where Ryan plans to grow plants like cucumbers.
Sam has also invested notable effort into his hand-made series of fishing lures. Several months ago, he began carving and lacquering lures for his own personal use, and has since begun carving and selling custom lures to people in and outside of the NSA community. He has taken professional quality photographs of his products with the help of a photographer, is creating a website for himself, and is writing an article to submit to Flori- da Sportsman magazine to
acquire more publicity for when he returns to his home in Vero Beach.
His efforts have also helped solidify Art Club, a venue that al- lows students to work with their hands and is growing in popularity.
However, not all of the projects taking place on campus are as conspicuous as Sam's lures or Ryan's trellis.