All Kinds of News for July 12, 2017
Have you ever wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands and swim with the turtles? Well, a group of Summit Prep School students and staff had that experience during the 2017 Summit Prep International trip. They headed to the Galapagos Islands and immersed themselves in the culture of the islands of Isabella, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Three of the goals for this international trip centered on learning about the surroundings, seeing unique wildlife and vegetation and processing these discoveries through a therapeutic lens. The trip was designed and led by therapist Mick Stemborski, L.C.P.C.
Here are a few highlights from the trip: A 60 foot sailing vessel was chartered and the group cruised around Baltra, Seymour and Mosquera Islands. They snorkeled in areas where there is much sea life and saw manta rays, trigger fish, jacks, sea lions, hammerheads, white tip sharks and Galapagos sharks. The good news is that the sharks are completely harmless due to the abundance of food and the unique process of evolution in the absence of humans. This is the reason the Galapagos creatures are so very viewable and present to view. The group followed the park rule of Look… Don’t Touch. On San Cristobal Island, the students snorkeled with turtles on a volcanic rock beach and then hiked in the afternoon on a trail seeing various bird species nesting on cliffs. During the evenings, everyone stayed in hotels on two inhabited islands. This is where the students could interact with the local culture, which included amazing food in open-street markets. Of course, seafood was on the menu almost every night. From beginning to end, this trip was packed with activities and educational moments. These international trips allow each student to share other worlds with their peers, staff and teachers. Together, each participant seems to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of their home by immersing themselves in a different culture.
About Summit Prep School
Summit Preparatory School is an accredited private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic boarding school located on 520 acres near Kalispell, MT. Summit integrates professional therapy and college prep academics within a nurturing and dynamic community that energizes and challenges adolescents to succeed and transform their lives. Grounded in the concepts of the Summit Model, the program focuses on promoting the development of healthy psychological and social skills. The campus is close to Glacier International Airport (FCA) and is less than an hour from Glacier National Park.