¡Hola! Today is our last day in Costa Rica. As sad as the fact is we still managed to have a full day of fun and education.   First we went to Irazu, one of several active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It was absolutely amazing! We learned a little about geology, including that at certain temperatures and depending on content of the lava pumice can form small crystals. We also learned of the highest elevation of forest in Costa Rica, known as Paramo! It has smaller leaves with thicker, waxier exteriors. They feel almost fake!   After that we had lunch, atop the mountains surrounding the volcanoes.    Next we moved into San Jose where we learned about the up and coming electric…
  Hola! Today we went to Isla Tortuga!!! It was gorgeous. We went snorkeling and had a beautiful day on the beach. There were banana boats and a giant pig running around.    After a long time of learning it was nice to turn off our brains and live for a day in the true meaning of Pura Vida.   We danced with locals on our sunset cruise back to mainland. And we all enjoyed fresh fruit.    Pura Vida from Costa Rica!      
Today, we switched things up and instead of working at the construction site, my group went to another house to help paint the exterior. Some were tasked with painting the sides of the house while others were tasked to build a fence in a backyard. I volunteered to go to a different house and paint the back door. After our long day of painting, we headed over to Veterans Village where people who were gifted Habitat homes gave us a cookout lunch to thank us for our service on the job sites. I don't have any experience in construction or painting but that's what has made this trip so much fun! Everyday, I get to try something new and I learn new things. I love seeing the progress that we…
I woke up around 7:30 in the morning. I then walked to breakfast with my two roommates and had delicious  pancakes. After that, we went into the lecture hall and worked on our final projects for about 3 hours. Once finished with that, we had burgers for lunch. Soon after we hopped on the bus and went cliff jumping. I jumped off of 4 different cliffs of different heights. I tried doing a front flip but then managed to land on my back. It hurt a lot. Then we took the long way home back to BIOS and had mac and cheese for dinner. Then ended the day off with a lecture.     
Hello all! 4/C Griffin here again. Today was a very fun day. We started off spending the first half of the day working on our projects. We are in groups making a presentation that tells everything we have seen over the course of this trip and all sorts of fun facts about them. In the afternoon, we went to two different cliff jumping spots. The water was cold at first, but once you got used to it, they were super fun. First was a 15-20 foot jump and after you do it once, you want to do it again and again. After this, we spent a little time cleaning up a local beach of plastic and swam around there where we saw an octopus and a little turtle.  Our final, and best, activity was a higher…
I woke up to the refreshing Bermudian breeze blowing through my window. I grabbed a quick shower and made my way to breakfast by around 8 o’clock. After breakfast was over, my group made our way to the bus to head over to Cooper’s island for a hike and snorkel. At Cooper’s island, we got to see bunkers that were used by the United States during World War 2 that housed various types of ammunition. After about an hour of looking at the amazing scenery, it was time to snorkel in the beautiful Bermudian water. We got to see many types of corals and fish that live by them. All in all, it was a great day and I’m sad that we are already half way done with our experiential learning…
Hello to everyone reading, my name is Marc Murphy.  I’m a 4/C cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy studying Marine Science Safety and Environmental Protection.  I’ve had the opportunity to go on this experiential learning trip to Bermuda. Today is sadly the second to last day we all have on this beautiful island. Beginning as usual with a 745 breakfast with eggs, sausage, hash browns, and all that yummy stuff. After breakfast, my group went to get some work done on our field guide, which is the final project of all the collected information of fish and nature and all that kinda stuff. Me and my other three partners got a lot of good work done on our project until 1145 when it was…
  After a Bermudiful day here on the island, I am thrilled to tell you all about the incredible challenge that many of our cadets conquered today. We jumped off a thirty foot high cliff into the edge of the Atlantic Ocean! Cohort B went this morning and Cohort A went this afternoon. On each groups’ break period, the students cranked through their field guides since they are due on Saturday evening! Taking the BIOS bus to Admiralty House Park in Hamilton where Dready took us on a hike up and down a few short, but steep, hills. We crossed a beautiful small beach where we were able to snorkel and relax for a few hours, but not until we climbed up to the cliffs that we were told to fling…
  Today Cohort B began the day with a trip to Admiralty House in Hamilton for a last hoorah before serious work on the final project began.  Our experienced guide Dready brought us to two different cliffs overlooking the beautiful and deep blue water.  One by one, Cohort B leapt from the cliffs.  Some cadets were quick to jump, while others conquered their fear of heights after careful deliberation.  Regardless of the entry, each cadet came to the surface with a huge grin on their face.  Many of us brought our mask and snorkel with us on our last jump, later exploring the wildlife where the cliffs met the sea.  Snappers, parrotfish, and an unusual number of pufferfish were swimming…