Last spring, seven groups of high school students spent about two weeks
traveling abroad—to Senegal, Malawi, Taiwan, India, Peru, Galapagos, and
Tahiti—participating in science exploration, linguistic study, cultural immersion,
and sport and service learning opportunities.
Students experienced diversity of language and culture, of course. But through
local interactions that included volunteering at Hacienda Tranquila, an ecological foundation to help Galapagos recover; playing soccer with young Chigoli
players in Malawi; exploring Tahiti with host families of correspondents who
visited International in early April; listening to traditional chanting inside
Buddhist caves in India; practicing Mandarin in Taiwan; being welcomed by a
Senegalese community with a spontaneous dance circle and teaching their children at École Natangué—students returned home with a greater understanding
of and appreciation for our common connections and shared humanity.
ABOVE: The 2016 Service Learning trip to Senegal. RIGHT: The 2016 high school trip tp Peru.