Lindsey Anderson – Boston Globe, 8/7/2012
Fishing for dinner in a river full of stingrays. Celebrating a maturation ceremony with an indigenous tribe. Witnessing Brazil’s land struggles firsthand.
Eight Massachusetts high school students returned to the United States Monday with unique stories to tell after spending two weeks in the Amazon.
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy students and their chaperones studied conservation, land issues, and two indigenous tribes in western Mato Grosso state, as well as how to catch dinner while avoiding stingrays, piranhas, and anacondas.
‘‘If you shuffle your feet, [the stingrays] go away, but I just screamed and ran away,’’ 16-year-old Jessica Smith said via phone from Pirenopolis, Brazil, on Friday.