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.

Day 3 in China

Our third day in Shanghai was spent in Jinshan, a suburb about 90 minutes out of Shanghai. With our Fudan University buddies helping as translators, we made our way to the elementary school in the early morning. Upon our arrival, we were met by a band and a spectacular dragon dance put on by [...]

A New View of India (Days 4 & 5)

We are blogging for two days because we got in very late last night after a delicious dinner and a full day. Yesterday, we started the day with the Roshni girls and an inspiring session with Ameena Kidwai. Ms. Kidwai spoke about time management, which is something that connected with both the [...]

Day 5: Those Were Supposed to be Tortillas?

Today, Tuesday the 8th, we awoke early to the sound of rain on our hotel’s tin roof. After a breakfast of “oatmeal” (which, as is traditional, didn’t have many oats), pancakes, and fruit, we headed out to Comalapa to meet up with our becadas. It was an hour drive from [...]

Dìa Tres: San Juan La Laguna

San Juan La Laguna is a community hidden from the fast pace of the modern world. The women walk the streets in traditional Guatemalan outfits, babies cradled across their chests in colorfully patterned blankets. The children race down the cobblestone streets on their bicycles. The men carry [...]

Day 2 in China

January 8th This morning we went to a shopping center. We arrived as the store was opening, so we got to experience how the salespeople greet shoppers: they bow! It made us a little uncomfortable, but it was fun to experience! At the shopping center, we visited the Organic Beauty Juice Company. [...]

It’s Here! Global Week 2013!

Welcome to Global Week 2013 at Castilleja School, hosted by the ACE Center! On campus, this week will be a blur of interesting student workshops, incredible speakers, and meaningful engagements with the local community. Abroad, however, the junior class has the opportunity to travel abroad and [...]

Brainstorming in India- Day 3

We spent most of the day today with the Roshni girls working on our projects and doing critical thinking exercises. We learned a lot about the culture and the girls themselves. For example, we did a folding project in which two people could talk/ give instructions and one person could fold to [...]

Day 1 in China

After arriving the night before after a long flight, we got up bright and early to begin our first day in China. We went to a breakfast with many dishes to chose from such as noodles, rice, and pastries. After that delicious meal, we headed to the Oriental Pearl Tower. This is a very tall […]

Town Halls and a Fascinating Iron Pole (Day 2 India)

Today, while pretending to be over our jetlag, we split up into our four project groups and visited  some of the schools attended by Roshni girls. Each school was part of a different community; for example, one group visited a predominantly Hindu community of South Indian, while another visited [...]

Welcome to India! (Day 1)

After two long flights and a brief interlude in Germany, we have finally arrived in India! We began our day at 3am when we landed in the Delhi airport. The dense smog hit us right away and as soon as we stepped out of the airport we were hit with an unexpected rush of cold […]

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