The Mount Madonna School senior class of 2023 is traveling to India February 17 - March 4 as part of their Values In World Thought Program. The Learning Journey to India is integral to the two-year “Values in World Thought” program at Mount Madonna School On these journeys students conduct interviews with leading thinkers, and interact with people who come from very different economic and cultural circumstances. This offers students new insights and perspectives on the many ways that people live their lives and their interconnectedness.
This year, we have a talented group of 8 seniors participating. They have named their trip, “Sambandh” which roughly translates to “connection.” Their hope is to create bonds and connect deeply with the individuals they meet in India.
One highlight of past trips has been interacting with a variety of young people at various schools. Finding commonalities and shared humanity is a very powerful experience. Over the past 30 years of this program, we have seen that these conversations bring a deep transformation to how our young people view their place in the world and in service for the greater good.
Seniors travel each year to India. 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.
Mount Madonna High’s senior class embarked on the school's learning journey in April 2019 to India to meet with leaders, including the Dalai Lama, making positive change in their communities.
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