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OHHS teachers and students travel abroad this summer

Posted on: August 11, 2017
Jamie Schorsch holding baby llama

On June 7, 2017, 18 fearless travelers joined OHHS Art and Design teacher Jamie Schorsch and photography teacher Steve Groh, on a 12-day excursion to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to explore the landscape, experience the culture and live life like a National Geographic photographer.

The adventure took the group through Quito; Isabela, San Cristobal and Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands; and then up to the Highlands in the Andes to visit Riobamba to spend time in village of Palacio Real and view the world's tallest mountain, Chimborazo.

The travelers hiked at altitudes up to 13,000 feet, snorkeled alongside sea lions, sharks and sea turtles, harvested potatoes with Trinidad in Palacio Real and stood on the Equatorial Line.

Travelers were given the special opportunity to name and hold a two-day-old baby llama at Palacio Real. Schorsch became the Godmother of the little guy during a special naming ceremony that took place during their visit (they named him Cusco).

The group also explored local archaeological sites, museums and landmarks while trying out local cuisine and interacting with the people of Ecuador.

"Everyone involved agreed that this was an opportunity of a lifetime that changed us all forever through the friendships and memories formed along the way," Schorsch said. #highlanderstrong #goingglobal

Check out this amazing video shot and produced by OHHS student Sydni Crass of the group's adventures!