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Students Travel the World During Spring Break

Ambria Miller, Class of 2016

The Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Europe trip spent time in Paris, seeing many famous
​monuments including the Eiffel Tower.

Over Rio’s spring break in March, three groups of students, staff, and parents traveled to various parts of the world in search of service, adventure, and excitement.

One excursion close to home, was led by shop and physics teacher Mr. Bissell. Mr. Bissell and a company of three students set out on Mr. Bissell’s personal boat. Their adventure began at the port of  Bodega Bay. They sailed on to Tomales Bay, then to Drakes Bay, until they ended their journey in the San Francisco Bay. Along the way Mr. Bissell instructed students on the fundamentals of sailing, such as how to tack, move the sails and tie secure knots. Seasickness pervaded most of the crew, but didn’t hold anyone back from trying to fish. The crew viewed daily life from a different perspective as they fared the high seas.

Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
A group of students, led by English teacher Bruce Yingling
explored historical sites such as the Parthenon in
Athens, Greece.

While they were sailing, English teacher Mr. Yingling chaperoned ten students along with seven other adults throughout many European countries. Over the course of 16 days, the group leisurely passed through many exotic cities such as Athens, Rome, Venice, Paris, and Madrid. Each day they visited wondrous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Doges Palace, and the Eiffel Tower. Greece was flagrant when it came to cuisine dishes like Moussaka and Souvlaki, but Venice won many hearts with its unique mode of canal transportation, fascinating monuments, and stunning musical performances.

“My favorite part of the trip was getting to experience a different culture and hanging out with friends,” said Jinny Kang, senior.

Also during spring break, Pastor Krystalynn Martin and Mr. Steve Martin led a mission trip to Peru. While in Peru, the group built a wooden five-day church for the Bora tribe, near the Amazon River. Mission group team members also took turns in helping the Bora tribe by extracting teeth and performing other minor dental procedures. Students also engaged tribal children during a Vacation Bible School program, by singing songs, acting out skits from the Bible, such as Daniel and the Lion’s Den, and creating arts and crafts. It was an amazing experience altogether,” exclaimed freshman Molli Creason. “It was really cool to see how these people live compared to us; they’re happy with virtually nothing.”

The Church complete in Peru
After 5 days, the church in the jungle was completed
and the group was able to worship inside of it with locals.

After their hard work, the mission group stayed in Cuzco for two days and explored the temple ruins of Machu Picchu in the high mountains of Peru.

Everyone who went on the spring break trips walked away with a life changing experience, whether it was learning about a new culture, experiencing nature, learning a new skill, or witnessing the joy of helping others.

Each day during the Peru mission trip, students worked hard
together in the hot sun and high humidity.

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