Summer Service Travel Experience In COSTA RICA August 1-8, 2022 for 7th and 8th grade students
Led by Upper School teachers Ms. Card & Mr. Schneider
This webpage has details about the trip as well as the registration form. The deadline to sign-up is January 31, 2022.
This short video gives you a snapshot of the Costa Rica trip experience from a student's perspective.
Here is a recording of the Information Session webinar that took place on Monday, January 10th via Zoom
Since 2017, groups of WES middle schoolers have participated in the Young Dreamers community service club and traveled abroad to engage in a service and cultural immersion program led by Dream Volunteers, a local nonprofit organization with international programs all across the globe. It is an enriching opportunity that provides a meaningful learning experience for students and truly makes a difference in the communities it serves.
Brian Buntz, director of Dream Volunteers, along with Ms. Card, Mr. Schneider, and former WES Parent/advisor/chaperone Lisa Arone (Max '18, Mason '21) will be giving an overview of the trip and the Young Dreamers club on Zoom (link below) on Monday, January 10 at 7:30pm. We invite you, and your seventh or eighth grader, to join in next month's conversation with Dream Volunteers to learn more about their programs and the Costa Rica trip.
Dream Volunteers successfully led 3 student groups to Costa Rica this past summer. During the webinar, they will describe the various COVID protocols they have in place. Come learn about next summer's trip and why so many WES students have had an incredible experience serving and learning in Costa Rica, and right here at home, with Dream Volunteers over the years.
Also available if you have questions about the experience or the club, please feel free to reach out to the Krikorian family (Henry '23). They are 3-time chaperone parents whose kids have gone on 5 DV trips (Costa Rica, Guatemala and Vietnam - about to add Ghana) Jen is at Burkham@gmail.com and Jason is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspiring to dream big this summer?? Looking for a meaningful, Zoom-free, outdoor experience? Get off-screen, out of the house, and into our local summer service & leadership program (all in-person in the Bay Area). Students make a difference addressing issues such as food insecurity and environmental degradation, interact with other change-minded peers, and learn from educators (like our own WES middle school faculty!) with wide-open spaces as their classrooms. Students will create an action pledge to tackle an issue in their community before they leave the program. It's not too late!
Thank you everyone for a great day of service Friday!! So fun to see everyone's happy (albeit masked) faces!! To all our volunteers, thanks for giving up some of your free time today to commit to helping with a bigger cause!! To all the parents, and to Brian, Mr. Scheider, Susan and Mariah (Environmental Volunteers Guides), we appreciate you making it possible!!
DV UPPER SCHOOL SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd 8:45 am - 12:15pm
We are excited to have an upcoming Dream Volunteers service opportunity at the Baylands Friday, October 23rd (no school - teacher PD day). This event is open to all WES upper school students. Please note REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and spots are limited. There will be adult staff from WES, Dream Volunteers, and Environmental Volunteers present.