JIS students recently embarked on an unforgettable service trip to Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas, where they explored the culture, history and untouched landscape of one of the world's most isolated regions. As part of the outreach program, they volunteered at health clinics in Leh under the supervision of doctors from various humanitarian organizations, while also helping out at the famed Lamdon School for children from low-income families.
Twelfth-Grade student Lianne Placer shared with us her account of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:
"This wonderful trip allows students to interact exclusively with the environment and experience the authentic culture of Ladakh, India. In this trip, students are given the opportunity to participate with doctors from around the world at dental and eye clinics in the Lamdon School of Leh. Twelve students and three teachers spent two days on a medical service and six days trekking in Matho valley surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. At the end of the trip, students were given plenty of self-reflection time and gained knowledge on new ways to cope with extreme challenges and applying those skills in school and in the future."