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.

The Guate Crew Arrives in Antigua! (Day 5)

¡Hola a todos! Today we spent the entire day with the tejedoras, or weavers. We worked with the becadas to collect footage for a mini documentary about each of our weavers, which will be presented to them this coming Friday. Some of us learned how to perform the various styles of weaving, [...]

Journėe #7 in France

To all the parents and friends back at home who are wondering about how the terrorist attack yesterday on Charlie Hebdo has affected our trip, we’d like to begin by saying that we are all safe. Security is up all around the city, and our chaperones have explained to us that they are [...]

Life in the Village: China Day 4

January 8th, 2015 Today, we all woke up either because of the bitter cold or because of the crowing roosters and barking dogs. We all ate a hearty breakfast – many included eggs and fried dough. Breakfast was a great time to bond with our homestay family; we could talk about how we slept, our [...]

France Jour 6

Bonjour! 🙂 This morning, most of the group got up early for a morning walk to Notre Dame and a yummy French pastry breakfast. We were able to walk through the church and spend time looking inside and exploring it because mass was not in session. After a quick photo session along the Seine, we [...]

Update from China

January 6th & 7th, 2015 Hi all!  So sorry we did not get a chance to blog yesterday—we were traveling for most of the day!  We left Shanghai early in the morning and arrived in Lijang around 5 in the afternoon.  We promptly drove for about an hour until we reached the town of Shuhe, […]

The Guate Saga Continues… (Days 3&4)

Last night, the Guate crew had the pleasure of joining Lencho’s family for dinner at his home. His sister, niece, nephews, cats, and dogs hosted us for a delicious meal, complete with salsas, tamarind drinks, and (need we say it?) tortillas. The family embodied the same energy and warmth that [...]

Day 4 in Paris

Tonight as I write to you, some of us are watching French news before bedtime — we think of it as training for the brain exercise we get during the day; the people we have been speaking with have such inspiring stories that we don’t want to miss a thing for lack of understanding. [...]

Paris – Day 3

Bonjour à tous! Our third day in France started nice and early at 8:45 am when we left the bustling city  and travelled on the RER to Bondy Blog in Bondy, a banlieue on the outskirts of Paris. We bundled up to fend off the cold winter and walked as quickly as possible to the […]

India Day 4

There may be a reason white girls my age don’t wear kurtas back home but at the moment I can’t think of one because I look #stylin. This is how the day begins– with knee length lime green paisley and red stripes. We all don our kurtas and scarves for a later trip to the […]

India Trip Day 3: January 5th

The day began bright and early at the Indian Cultural Center with the Roshni girls. We would spend our time sharing sample classes with each other. Castilleja presented activities teaching girls how to critically analyze media. We searched through both Indian and American magazines for coded [...]

Learning to Weave in Guatemala!

On Sunday morning we started the day off by learning about the dying and weaving process from the local Women’s Cooperative and in the afternoon we split into groups and spent time with the youth from San Juan La Laguna. We spent the afternoon wandering around the town    and got to interact [...]

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