This year seven 9th and 10th graders were chosen to experience a two-week immer- sion in the French Polynesian lifestyle and culture. Our first activity was a tour of the
island, where we swam in waterfalls, black sand
beaches, and rivers. The rest of the days consisted
of horseback riding, traditional Tahitian kayaking,
making our own perfumes and soap (pictured above),
going to the Musée de la Perle, eating poisson cru,
a traditional Polynesian dish, and getting a lesson in
Tahitian dancing. A highlight of this trip was visiting
Moorea, a neighboring island of Tahiti, where we
swam with sharks and sting rays, and were given a
live presentation on how to open a coconut.
We had an amazing two weeks, filled with unexpected surprises and adventures. As we leave Tahiti
with our Tahitian-French accent, we say goodbye and
mauruuru, Tahiti. – Gillian Kelley, 10th Grade IB
International’s 2015 India trip explored the north of the country. Faculty chaperones Julien Astruc and Michelle Haner accompanied the students from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Delhi over the course
of two weeks, experiencing India through its cuisine,
music and arts, and learning about its position as one
of the IT capitals of the world.
The itinerary included a visit to Mother Teresa’s home
and orphanage in Kolkata, Darjeeling (famous for its
tea industry), and a few days in the Himalayan hills
near the Nepalese border at Sandhakphu. After traveling through West Bengal, the group journeyed to the
fantastic city of Varanasi, the holiest city in India, and
one of the oldest cities in the world.
Before reaching the Taj Mahal and Delhi, the group
stopped at Khajuraho to discover its famous temples.
TAHITI GRADES 9–10 INDIA GRADE 11