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.
Umbono: Journey to South Africa
Umbono is the Zulu word for 'perspective'.
This summer the rising Senior class traveled to South Africa from June 14-July 2. They blogged about their adventures as they went.
For photos, video and student perspectives, see the trip blog:
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Values Program South Africa News
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