Without Limits has continued to take field trips with all of our sponsored students in 6th grade-5th year of high school. Recently we took our most adventurous field trip yet with our students in their 3rd year of high school (9th grade). We went with 12 students from Candelaria, Santa Matilde and Nuevo Amanecer on an overnight camping trip to the Telica Volcano.
Everything about this trip was a new experience for our students! Their first task was to work together to pack their hiking packs with their supplies for the night: tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags. Our students had so much fun trying to figure out how to pack their bags for this adventure!
We then made our way to Telica and began to hike up to the crater of the volcano. The hike was difficult for some of our students, but everyone felt so accomplished once they reached the top.
After a short time at the top of the volcano, we needed to hike down the other side in order to set up our campsite for that night. As we were coming down the volcano, it began to rain. Rainy season started this month and afternoon or evening rains have become quite frequent. Our students were hiking down a volcano with all of their camping gear getting soaked by the rain, but I didn’t hear anyone complain about the weather. Once we made it to the campsite, the students had to learn how to set up tents. Because of the rain, we had to work slowly setting up two tents at a time underneath a tarp. The teens did an incredible job setting up the campsite. They worked well together and learned quickly how to set up tents.
That night we spent some time talking about God’s grandeur displayed through His creation. And that along with His greatness and majesty, that He also loves each of us with a love that is unconditional and personal. It was beautiful to have a time of worship outside in the silence, away from all the distractions of their daily life.
After a mostly sleepless night (camping with teenagers doesn’t provide much opportunity for sleep!), we woke up in time to catch the sunrise and hike back to the crater. After the previous day’s rain clouds had cleared, we had an incredible view of Telica’s crater.
Our students were amazed to see this incredible site up close and personal. Nicaragua doesn’t really do guardrails or safety precautions so you are allowed to get as close as you would like to the massive crater. (Don’t worry we set our own guidelines for safe distances for the students). All of our boys loved throwing rocks into the crater and then trying to see where they landed. The students all enjoyed their time at Telica and were amazed by the volcano. This was such a wonderful experience for our students full of adventure and new experiences. Since returning home many of our students have said, “That trip was something I will never forget as long as I live!” We love providing once in a lifetime experiences for our students.