A few weeks ago, a group of middle school students (ages 12-14) from the U.S. came to Bonaire on a school field trip. While field trips for school students are a standard part of any American student’s educational experience, it is pretty unusual for middle school students to venture across international borders. It is even more unique that they incorporated scuba diving into the mix. We think the fact that they chose Bonaire is really cool!
This trip, made by 20 students and six adult chaperones, marks the second time Edison Middle School organized a field trip to Bonaire. The first time was in 2013, when the group stayed at Sand Dollar Condominiums and organized their diving through Dive Friends Bonaire. This year’s trip had them returning to familiar territory where they were welcomed with open arms by the staff of both Dive Friends and Sand Dollar.
While they were here, the students spent their time conducting science projects like the effect of sunscreen on coral and researching how tourism impacts the island. The kids also took scuba diving courses, visited landmarks and immersed themselves in island culture – including sampling local cuisine like iguana stew.
You can read more about their time on Bonaire here.