Castilleja School’s ACE Center provides a number of co-curricular and curricular experiential learning programs, aimed to promote leadership development for all students. Please use this site to get an update on a number of projects.

Hospital in LaShiHai

The hospital was an interesting experience for us because we got a mix of traditional medicine and western practice we are used to. We went to the hospital to get Kara’s knee checked out. The hospital entrance fee was incredibly small at only 2¥ compared to the United States. The MRI was [...]

Homestays at La Shi Hai

So it wasn’t the Four Seasons, but it was a rather fun experience. Despite having to go to the bathroom in the chicken coop and eating pig intestines, many of us felt that we created memorable connections with our homestay families. Anxious and excited, our homestay families arrived not [...]

Last Day in LaShiHai

We got an early start at 6:30 am for a dark morning hike to the local Tibetan Buddhist Temple. The hike was a pilgrimage of sorts to reflect on our journey thus far – we hiked single file, in silence with only our headlamps for light. We arrived on the steps of the temple as […]

Art in LaShiHai

On Wednesday, we visited an art gallery and a local artist’s home in LaShiHai. The tour was led by Jay, a Washington D.C. native who has lived in the village on and off for the last 10 years. He is in charge of an artist in residence program in which he invites artists from all […]

Trip to the Eco-Tourism Hotel in La Shi Hai

We visited an Eco-tourism hotel during our stay in LaShiHai, and focused especially on the impact of tourism on the surrounding Naxhi community. In order to reach the hotel we had to squat for 20 minutes in a man’s fishing boat for a ride across the lake. Our cover to investigate the [...]

Local School in LaShiHai

On our brief adventure to the local school in LaShiHai, we enjoyed interacting with both students and teachers. Upon arrival we were greeted by a group of enthusiastic first graders jumping around the play yard in anticipation. We were quickly ushered into a third grade classroom where we [...]

In Case You’ve Been Missing Our Faces…

The Guatemala group has been taking photos throughout their adventures, however they somehow did not make it into earlier posts! In case you were missing their beautiful faces, here are a few snapshots of their incredible experiences during their travels.

The Welfare of (Doomed) Poultry: A Fight for Justice

Animal welfare is the well-being of animals that are kept and intended to be used for meat. As society becomes more wary of the food we eat as well as its origin, some startling news has been brought to the public’s attention. The process of making the meat products, particularly the poultry [...]

The Dangers of Pesticides (Alyssa, Jui, Gaby & Alexis)

On a farm pesticides dispose of not only pests, but other beneficial bugs, and can cause human illnesses. Some of the effects from pesticides are fatal, and cause serious damage to one’s body. Over time, the pesticides will build up and potentially harm your body. But, pesticides have been a [...]

Organic Certification Naira, Jas, Madison, and Sophia

     What is the cost of organic produce versus non-organic? In our project, we studied this question. We found that organic food tends to be about 68% more expensive than non-organic food. Our next question was why is organic food so much more costly? With a bit of research, we reached an [...]

G.M.O. By Zoe

G.M.O. or otherwise known as Genetically Modified Organisms are all over the world and in our stomachs. We eat Genetically Modified Organisms all the time. Most of the fruits and vegetables we eat are Genetically Modified. These things are modified because farmers wanted to make the fruits and [...]

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