Thinking Globally

Dozens of Groton students and several faculty members are traveling on five distinct School-sponsored trips this summer, focusing on music, service, and culture. In addition, Groton rowers are in England competing in the renowned Henley Regatta.

Of Groton’s many global education trips, the first group to leave this summer took off for South Africa on June 16. Thirty-two Groton musicians performed with the School orchestra in the Hugo Lambrechts Concert Hall, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and will join Soweto Youth Strings at the Hector Pietorson Museum.  In addition, the students participated in service projects with the Amy Biehl Foundation and with Grassroots Soccer, took a master class with the South African Navy Band, attended orchestral and choral concerts, and visited Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned) and the Mabula Private Game Reserve.

A day after Groton students left for South Africa, 17 students and four faculty members headed to Peru, where they are living with families in the town of Ollantaytambo, considered the last living Inca town. Groton has visited Ollantaytambo for four summers, building a relationship with the community and helping residents on a number of projects.

On June 20, seven students and three faculty members left for Uganda, where they are spending three weeks in the Rukungiri district in Southwest Uganda, working on educational projects with Bishops School, spending a week in homestays, and participating in projects involving science, cooking, and the environment. This is Groton’s first trip to Uganda.

In another first for Groton global education, four students and one faculty member traveled to China, specifically the town of Chengde, a few hundred miles northeast of Beijing. In Chengde, they are teaching English and collaborating with Zhong Yingzi Primary School and No. 3 Middle School on service projects.

For the third year, Groton students have traveled to Tanzania. Sixteen students and three faculty members are staying at the Orkeeswa School, where they are working on service projects and engaging in cultural activities with the students. Groton has built strong ties to Orkeeswa:  two students from its Masaai village spent spring term at Groton.

You can follow these Groton students’ summer adventures on these blogs, which become live after the trips depart:

In addition, you can read about the crew competitions at Henley at

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