Students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School are pictured with the coffee farmers they assisted during a recent language-immersion trip to Guatemala.
Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
What would it take to get a large number of teenagers out of their houses, away from their cell phones and laptops, and back into their high school’s library at 7:30 on a weeknight? Apparently a healthy dose of gratitude will do the trick.
Over 20 students were present prior to the start of the September 9 meeting of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Board of Education. They were there to express thanks for what they described as “a life-changing experience” – school-sponsored language-immersion trips to Canada and Guatemala.
As part of the Study Abroad Program at RFH, 22 students and five chaperones visited Guatemala from June 22 through July 2. The group stayed with host families and volunteered at a coffee plantation, helping to harvest and roast beans in the morning and attending Spanish language classes in the afternoon.
From July 7 through 15, two chaperones accompanied eight students on a language-immersion venture to the cities of Quebec and Montreal. The group visited cultural sites and attended language classes, and stayed with host families as well.