Each March since 2007, delegations of students from Chatham Hall, a preeminent independent girls’ school in southern Virginia, has visited South Africa, Cuba and India. Chatham Hall’s committed, dedicated girls partner with local peers on creative, meaningful service projects – and otherwise engage cross-culturally in rich, textured ways designed to build relationships. The girls and their faculty chaperons learn intentionally of the 3 countries’ histories, cultures, and religious traditions. All visits are curriculum-linked, and carefully designed to elicit a depth of understanding.
This March, students and faculty visited India. From the road – in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and rural Uttar Pradesh – Martha Griswold, Chatham Hall’s Academic Dean, offered colorful perspectives and heartfelt observations around that country’s religious, cultural, historic, and service traditions. For more on this unique experience, see Martha’s reflections on girls getting to know girls here!