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Middle School Students Make Unforgettable Caribbean Connections
Mrs. Alison Bugg, Nexus Operations Coordinator

Lao Tzu said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  For 13 Cape Henry Collegiate Seventh Grade students, that single step, plus three sets of government forms and four rounds of COVID tests, brought them to the sun-drenched shores of Curaçao, the destination for Nexus Global Studies’ Caribbean Connections travel program.   

Curaçao, one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the southern Caribbean Sea, boasts colorful Dutch colonial architecture, engaging museums, amazing onshore snorkeling and diving, and an undeveloped windward coast ideal for scientific study.  This environment created the perfect experiential classroom for our Dolphins, who immersed themselves in a week of studies in biodiversity and marine biology.

During their stay, our CHC students and program leaders (Middle School faculty members Shannon Whitney and Casey Spurr) assisted with the harvesting and planting of baby mangrove trees, and later paddleboarded through the coastal forests to further study this unique ecosystem.  Morning and afternoon snorkeling excursions were spent finding turtles at Playa Piskado, and then working with Ocean Encounters to learn about their efforts to protect the fragile coral reefs in Curaçao.  Our group also met with Reef Renewal Curaçao to learn about the methods being used to restore elkhorn and staghorn corals, followed by a swim out to the reef to see them in person!

Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated program leaders, Nexus Global Studies staff members, and our travel partners with Broadreach in Curaçao, Cape Henry Collegiate’s first international travel program of the 2021-2022 school year has kicked off another year of exciting adventures!

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