SCHS students visit Panamà in June

Contributed Photo Students traveled in homemade canoes to the Embera Indian Village.

Shawano Community High School Spanish students and chaperones, high school Spanish teacher Kelly Lightner and athletic director Charmaine Schreiber had the opportunity to travel to Panamá for a week in June.

The goal of the trip was for students to experience the culture of Panamá and to enhance their speaking of the Spanish language.

While in Panamá, students stayed with Panamanian host families. The students said that the host family experience was one of their favorite parts of the trip. Students visited Miraflores, where they learned about the history and construction of the Panama Canal and saw big ships travel through the Panama Canal lock.

Another Panama canal experience was a jungle tour. They traveled in the canal by fast boats and stopped at little inlets where they could feed monkeys that came onto the boat. Later on that day, they kayaked through the jungle to an awesome waterfall where they could swim.

Another cultural experience was a long ride on handmade canoes on Lake Alajuela through a rainforest, which lead to the Emberá Indian village. Native dances, food, crafts and another beautiful waterfall were experienced at Emberá.

Students visited a local school and had the opportunity to interact with elementary-aged students. Shawano students presented a donation of school and cleaning supplies to the principal of the school.

Students also visited Casco Viejo, a World Heritage historic part of Panama City. They were able to bargain for souvenirs while viewing small, narrow cobblestone streets and buildings of many colors.