Los Deportes Extremos en New Zealand (video)

Yuan Yuan, Tiana, Madeline, Sydney, Fatima, and Paul teeter on the edge of Auckland’s Sky Tower

New Zealand’s diverse terrain is an unparalleled playground for the wild at heart, and many of its 4 million residents crave the thrills that come with mountain biking, kayaking, bungee jumping, and zorbing (rolling down mountains and hills in a giant inflated hamster ball for those of us living on flat land).

Spanish teacher Sam Nelson and his grade 11 students decided to embrace the spirit of adventure during their time in New Zealand and devoted a unit to the country’s love affair with extreme sports. One video project during the unit focused on the popular activity of sky walking atop the 1,076 foot tall Sky Tower in New Zealand’s capital city of Auckland. Sam’s students broke into groups to research the topic, interview people about the Sky Walk experience, dub their answers into Spanish, and finally take park in the skywalk itself. Cameras were rolling the whole time to capture the high altitude and high intensity footage.

The following video was filmed, edited, and produced by students Paul, Fatima, and Sydney, who capture the moment and spirit perfectly (en español, por supuesto!). We’ve included subtitles so that everyone can enjoy. And if you are ever in New Zealand, we highly recommend that you give the skywalk a try!

7 interesting facts about Costa Rica


As our faculty, staff, and students begin arriving in Costa Rica for the second term of our 2014-15 school year, we thought we’d share seven interesting facts about this happy-go-lucky nation of nearly five million residents. Whether you are working on a school project or just looking to impress your friends, these facts will have more »

Life six months out: a conversation with our graduates

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Listen to the roundtable discussion: With the new year upon us, we’ve reached the midway point of another school year. Six months in, our first-year students have had a good amount of time to adjust to a life where the next opportunity for travel is usually right around the corner. Our first term, which took more »

Braving Kilimanjaro: a lesson in grit – part 2

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Editor’s Note: We suggest reading part 1 of ‘Braving Kilmanjaro: a lesson in grit’ before reading part 2. Here, in the full moonlight on the roof of Africa, we were humans with the same unpredictable chances of falling ill from the pressures of this extreme environment. It was equal parts scary, surreal, beautiful, insane, and more »

Braving Kilimanjaro: a lesson in grit – part 1

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Basecamp Shoving 100 wet wipes into a skinny bag with 3 liters of water, rain-proof pants, and the day’s lunch isn’t easy. Though my work “uniform” often calls for a back-bending pack of gear, I felt like a fumbling mess trying to make this little daypack of mine close. Tucked under the awning from the more »

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