An especially memorable experience for the students was visiting two Catholic orphanages.
Students had the opportunity to feed elephants on this year's academic immersion trip.
SJND students study, explore and volunteer in Thailand
During the Easter school break, 33 St. Joseph Notre Dame High School students traveled to Thailand to study, explore and volunteer. Science Department Chair Kristina Taylor hosted this year's academic immersion trip supported by chaperones and SJND staff members Jennifer Stein and Angelica Bailon.
Students had the opportunity to float down the River Khwae, feed elephants, enjoy an authentic Thai dinner with classical dances and attend a Thai Easter Sunday Mass where each parishioner received a hard boiled Easter egg. They toured the Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha, Summer Palace of King Rama IV, JEATH Museum and World War II Cemetery, Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Pa Lelai monastery and many more sites.
An especially memorable experience for the students was visiting two Catholic orphanages including The Camillian House, for orphaned or abandoned children with disabilities. SJND students brought needed supplies purchased with money they raised at student life fundraisers. The students enjoyed interacting with the children as both groups took turns singing for each other. At the Camillian House, SJND students learned about the facility and had a dance party with the children.
SJND provides opportunities to do immersion experiences and field studies in a foreign country each year, alternating between the science and social studies departments. Recent destinations have included the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Through science trips, students learn about the wildlife, biodiversity, history and culture of their travel destination; on social studies trips, they study that country's significant people and historical events. SJND will travel to Greece and Rome next year.
SJND also provides students opportunities for service immersion within the United States. Twenty-two students will travel to Chiloquin, Oregon, this summer to work with the Sierra Service Project. They will spend one week improving the homes, churches, community buildings, schools and gardens in the community.
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