Court Stories

Once strangers, now friends after Southwest Washington students experience life in Los Bajos, Panama.

April 2019 3 am, the morning of March 30th. A group of sleepy students from seven different Clark County high schools dragged themselves out of bed, grabbed their bags and met at Portland International Airport to begin their trip to Panama. We would begin our trip in silence, complete strangers, but return to the same […]

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Camas High School Students experiencing the hospitality of L.A. Pital

March 2019 It was an early start for our group- meeting at PDX at 4:20 am, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and excited to embark on a new adventure. We said our goodbyes to our family and friends who had come to see us off, and before we knew it we were settled into our […]

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Ringing in the New Year Nepal Style

December 2018 Thinking of Nepal, most people think Everest with its snow covered peaks, Sherpas, and dominant trekking adventurers — that was largely how I pictured it anyway.  There is so much more to Nepal and its people and culture than Everest; something we learned and were so very humbled by over the course of […]

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“Pura Vida” in Tres y Tres, Costa Rica with Kent State Athletics

January 2019 We got off the plane in San Jose and were greeted by the three smiling faces of Chris, Allan, and Brian. Then took a 4-hour bus trip and arrived at the school in Tres y Tres late that night. None of us from KSU really knew what to expect on this journey but […]

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Flexibility put to the test on a Panama Thanksgiving Break Trip

November 2018 Day 1: Planning to meet at the airport at 3 am, we all had an early wake up call. Aside from the yawns, it was obvious that each of us was filled with excitement and anticipation for the week ahead. After a long day of travel, we landed in Panamá city around 7 […]

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Life Changing Experience in Maciel, Paraguay for Loyola School NYC Students

July 2018   The journey to Paraguay from NYC was a long one. We flew from JFK to panama, which was a five hour flight, and then panama to Asunción, which was seven hours. We got to Maciel at four in the morning, after a long bus ride from the airport. We were sleeping in […]

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Courts for Kids First Project to Bho Khan, Thailand Brings Rain and Lots of Smiles

Even though as one of the Founders of Courts for Kids I have been on numerous trips- I have to say that it never gets old.  I am continually inspired and convicted by these communities unwavering hospitality and unconditional love, and this experience in Thailand was no different.  One of our unwavering values is that […]

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Jesuit Portland students experience life off the grid in Bajo Grande, Panama

We arrived in Panama City late at night after spending 12 hours in the Atlanta airport. We met Juan Carlos after we got through customs and all of us piled on to the big bus. A half hour later we arrived at the Jesuit retreat center and went to sleep, even though most of us […]

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Cross Keys, Jamaica- Portland, OR High Schools

Jamaica mon! We spent an incredible week in New Broughton, Jamaica where we made new friends, tried new food, and worked harder than we have ever worked before! Each morning our days began by packing up our belongings and storing our beds as we were lodging at the local elementary school. While we worked hard, […]

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St John’s Jesuit students Explore Tierra Firme, Colombia

(story and photos: Noah Kokensparger) It all started nine months before the trip – the start of this life changing journey and an experience of a lifetime. For many, I believe we soak in the idea of traveling abroad and getting the opportunity to meet new culture, explore new places, try new foods, sleep in […]

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