Experience and Discovery: Travelers Explore India on Spring Break Trip

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As part of our global citizenship initiative, seventeen students and faculty traveled to India for an incredible journey which provided the group with many opportunities to interact directly with Indian students and peers.
Throughout the trip, the group visited a number of cultural and historic landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and UNESCO world heritage site, Qutb Minar. The group also had the chance to spend time at Pardada Pardadi Educational Society, where students had the chance to meet and connect with the girls attending the school. Over the three days spent at the school, Chatham Hall students taught an elementary school class, learned local dances, and visited the homes of their Pardada Pardadi peers. After the impactful experience with the girls at Pardada Pardadi, the group traveled to Ranthambore National Park where they had the chance to see tigers, leopards, and langur up close in their natural habitats. The thirteen-day trip ended with a trip to the impressive Amer Fort in Jaipur, which features immaculately preserved examples of Rajput architecture.

When reflecting on the experience, chaperone Dr. Erin McHugh said, “The whole trip was wonderful! It was so different from the United States, and the girls fully embraced the new culture. We visited centuries-old forts and temples, and the Taj Mahal was even more beautiful in person than I could have imagined. The girls loved celebrating Holi, the festival of colors, and spending three days at Pardada Pardadi, an all-girls school focused on educating students from rural areas. The girls quickly bonded with the students and were completely blown away by their generosity and enthusiasm for learning.” The travelers shared their experiences with the larger Chatham Hall community with a Chapel Service about their experience in India on April 5.
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.  
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