On alternating years we travel internationally to places such as India and South Africa. On these journeys students conduct interviews with leading world thinkers, and interact with people of whom live in very different economic and cultural circumstances. This offers students new insights and perspectives on how life is lived, and helps them understand the privileges that we as Americans often take for granted. The process of interviewing people in positions of high responsibility and service to society builds confidence, helps students imagine a wider range of possibilities for what they can do with their lives. It also develops skills in research, language, and the intuitive process of knowing how to engage respectfully through asking questions.
UXHUMANO: JOURNEY TO SOUTH AFRICA
‘Uxhumano’ means ‘connection’ in Zulu, one of the many South African languages. We feel that this word embodies the intentions that we carried with us on our trip.
The juniors (current seniors) of Mount Madonna School traveled to South Africa from June 13-29th, 2015 to visit a variety of nonprofit organizations and schools, as well as the Botshabelo AIDS orphanage. Along the way they interviewed several people including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and saw the environment/nature of South Africa on safari.