Missoula Students Plan Senior Trip to Cuba - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Missoula Students Plan Senior Trip to Cuba

Posted: Updated:

The US government has held a travel embargo against Cuba for more than 50 years, but that's not stopping Big Sky High School seniors Alex Mustard and Sammi Rasmussen from organizing a student trip to Havana this spring break as part of their senior projects.

"Sammi and I started talking because she also wanted to travel for her senior project and eventually we came up with the idea of Cuba, which was little out of the ordinary to us," Mustard said.

"There's a lot of reasons we chose Cuba."

"I just think it's the coolest thing, that's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we might as well take advantage of it," Rasmussen said.

The students came up with the idea after brainstorming with Big Sky Spanish Teacher Jay Bostrom who will lead the group of 20 students along with three other chaperones.

The trip will focus on Cuba's unique ecology and organic farming system.

Bostrom says going to a country that only 50 years ago was on the brink of nuclear war with our own, will offer students a look into a world largely isolated from US culture.

"I think Cuba is one of those aspects of American society where all kinds of misconceptions and all kinds of fear and ignorance," Bostrom said.

"But I hope they get an opportunity to see what's beyond or borders what's beyond our coastline it might radically change who they are."

Mustard and Rasmussen were already granted permission from the US State Dept. when they first approached the school board with their proposal to bring 20 students and four chaperones to Cuba for an ecology-based tour over spring break.

They say going through the school board was the most challenging part.

"We had to get approved by the school board and that was a little bit difficult due to our diplomatic relations with Cuba," Mustard said.

The school board approved the trip last week in its regular meeting.

The students are trying to cut down the costs of their trip with a letter writing campaign and an IndieGoGo account which is an online campaign site.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:21:35 GMT
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
  • Hotels Continue To Build In Bozeman

    Hotels Continue To Build In Bozeman

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:07:18 GMT
    The city of Bozeman could see up to five new hotels by 2015. The Comfort Suites in Bozeman is one of three new hotels built off Valley Center in the past year."Since then we have been growing and developing,"
    The city of Bozeman could see up to five new hotels by 2015.
  • UM Easter Egg Hunt Goes Green

    UM Easter Egg Hunt Goes Green

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:06:34 GMT
    With thousands of plastic eggs set to speckle the lawn at the University of Montana this weekend, a Missoula business is keeping the event green. Missoula Federal Credit Union is making recycling
    With thousands of plastic eggs set to speckle the lawn at the University of Montana this weekend, a Missoula business is keeping the event green.
  • UPDATE: Deadly Shooting In Spokane Valley; Authorities Looking For Witnesses

    UPDATE: Deadly Shooting In Spokane Valley; Authorities Looking For Witnesses

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 11:40 PM EST2014-02-13 04:40:22 GMT
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - One man was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit that ended near the Spokane Valley Mall on Tuesday night. It started around 7:00 PM when Spokane Police received a call from a man who was in a car claiming to be unstable and threatening suicide by forcing police to shoot him. 
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - One man was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit that ended near the Spokane Valley Mall on Tuesday night. It started around 7:00 PM when Spokane Police received a call from a man who was in a car claiming to be unstable and threatening suicide by forcing police to shoot him. 
  • Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:11 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
  • Forest Service Wants Ski Areas Open Longer

    Forest Service Wants Ski Areas Open Longer

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:13:32 GMT
    For the most part, the ski season is either over or winding down, but that doesn't mean the resorts have to close until next winter. Nationally, there are more than 100 ski areas on nearly 180,000
    For the most part, the ski season is either over or winding down, but that doesn't mean the resorts have to close until next winter.
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS: 150 Pound Bernese Mountain Dog Attacked By Two Pit Bulls

    WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS: 150 Pound Bernese Mountain Dog Attacked By Two Pit Bulls

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:11:26 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ received a call into our newsroom from a viewer who was very upset with the way SCRAPS has handled her dog getting attacked by two pit bulls in their own front yard. Last Friday, March 28th, her stepson let their dog, a 150-pound dog outside in the front yard when he was attacked by two pit bulls.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ received a call into our newsroom from a viewer who was very upset with the way SCRAPS has handled her dog getting attacked by two pit bulls in their own front yard. Last Friday, March 28th, her stepson let their dog, a 150-pound dog outside in the front yard when he was attacked by two pit bulls.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.