Court Stories

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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Marquette University High School Students in Los Lajones, Panama

The second the wheels of flight 959 touched down in Panama City, all of our semi-anxious, semi-nervous energy had gone. We were finally here we picked up our luggage and met up with our contact, Courts for Kids Panama Country Director, Juan Carlos (JC). the hot sticky Panamanian air greeted us as we walked to […]

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Richmond, VA Students and Adults Team Up With School Without Walls students in San Martin, Costa Rica

Students and adults from Richmond, VA teamed up with DC’s School Without Walls students and traveled to San Martin, Costa Rica for a week they’ll never forget. To say I was changed by this experience and the community of San Martín is an understatement. I do not think there is anything that could have prepared […]

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Jesuit NOLA Students Experience Community in Puerto Lara, Panama

Back in December of last year, a group of 23 or so guys, myself included, gathered together and decided to select a Courts for Kids project in Panama for our senior service project the following summer, July of 2018. What we initially thought was a wild idea turned into, perhaps, the most exciting and fascinating […]

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No Water, No Problem – Xavier Students In Los Miche, Dominican Republic

‘Water’s Out for the Summer’ by PCV Courtney Nelson This summer my small border community in the Dominican Republic had the pleasure of hosting 16 students and their three chaperones from Xavier High School in Appleton, Wisconsin for a week while we worked to build a basketball court. This group surpassed my expectations in every […]

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Cristo Rey Brooklyn & Dallas Team Up In Caserio Sarajmac, Guatemala

How do I start? Well, first of all, this experience was definitely an unforgettable one. From the kids of the community, to the ladies that fed us everyday, to the cement bags that I couldn’t carry or hold properly and then eventually carried by myself; this experience was truly amazing. This experience really showed me […]

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Jesuit NOLA Students and “Shovelfuls of Service” in Juanilama, Costa Rica

We stayed in a little village called Juanilama, which was the site of a completed court that we helped paint and finish off. It was also a place that we became attached to. Even though the locals spoke an entirely different language, we made friends (shout-out to Jeremy and the gang) and got to know […]

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Jesuit Portland Students’ Adventure in El Guayabo, Dominican Republic

As with all great adventures, the beginning and end of this trip were the memorable bookends for a story worth telling.  As Paul Simon sings in “Still Crazy After All These Years”, our trip began and ended when it was “Four in the morning” and we were “crapped out, yawning”.  Our nine days of service, […]

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