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Discover India and World Religions


Understanding cultures across the globe is vitally important in today’s shrinking world. On this trip students will explore world religions and become immersed in India’s rich and varied culture. In addition, by traveling to a country vastly different from our own, students will learn about themselves and their place in the world. The service component of the trip is designed to empower student leadership and help young people understand the good they can do in the world.

“In religion, India is the only millionaire - the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined” - Mark Twain

Dates and basic itinerary

June 19 - July 9, 2009

We depart the Portland airport on June 19th, flying to India's capital, New Delhi. After 6 days in Delhi meeting religious figures and exploring several major religious and historical sites we head to Agra to visit India's most famous memorial, the Taj Mahal. Our next stop is Jhansi, a small town a couple of hours away, where we will be involved in a service project, painting and doing small repairs on a charity hospital. Our last stop is Varanasi, one of India’s holiest cities, where we stay with students at a small boarding school and explore what this and neighboring Sarnath have to offer. Finally, we return to Portland on July 9, 2009 filled with many tales of our adventures.





Eleven current Upper School students will join chaperones Cindy Beals (US Math), Tony Stocks (US English) and Mariam Higgins (4th grade) to explore India as part of a summer course in world religions.

Important upcoming dates

May 18 (3:00 pm): Student afternoon session with religions presentations.

June 11 (6:30 pm): Evening meeting for final questions and preparations

June 19th, 2009: Departure to India

July 9th, 2009: Return from India