HIGH POINT, N.C., March 19, 2019 – High Point University students engaged with some of Costa Rica’s children and adults in the classroom over spring break.
HPU’s Volunteer Center coordinated a trip to Ciudad Cortes, Costa Rica, for spring break to teach English to children and adults. The group of students visited Tres Rios School, where they engaged with the students in various learning activities.
HPU student Annie Zupon says this was an eye-opening experience after learning tourism is a large industry for the country’s growth.
“People who work in the tourism industry need to know English,” said Zupon. “It was inspiring to help these children get a head start with learning the language while also having the chance to teach their parents and other adults.”
Shauna Zupan, an HPU resident director, traveled with the students and witnessed their personal growth.
“It’s exciting to be a part of an institution that values community, not only on campus and locally, but globally as well,” said Zupan. “Opportunities like traveling to Costa Rica allow students to go out into the world to help others in need and grow personally in return.”
Zupan says it was difficult for HPU students to part ways after a week of teaching, learning and seeing progress being made.
“Every evening, the students would reflect on the progress each child made,” said Zupan. “It was wonderful to see the impact they made on the kids, as well as the impact the kids had on our HPU students.”