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My Project Week Trip to Andros Island

By Abbey Haynes ’20

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included an Upper School trip to study the ecology and culture of Andros Island in the Bahamas.

When you think of the Bahamas, you usually picture gorgeous beaches, palm trees, tourists, and endless sun. Our Project Week trip to Andros Island was all of that and so much more — except for the tourists!

While the capital of Nassau is known for its populated areas, Andros, the largest of the islands, is acclaimed for its friendly residents and an abundance of nature available for scientific research and exploration.

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My Week at Heifer Ranch & Global Village

By Saanvi Malkani ’23

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, including a seventh-grade trip to the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas.

Sunday we had our near 13-hour bus ride to Perryville, Arkansas. It was a day consumed by our electronic devices, which will not happen again until Friday. The entire time I was anxious and eager to get to the ranch, which was inevitably in the middle of nowhere. The bus drive was slightly boring, but I got to witness the transition from the city to the rural fields. It was nice to escape my bubble in Chicago, in which everything is busy and chaotic, and transition into the serene, calm, and peaceful environment.

Although the bus ride was tiring, it was nice to be able to to rest up knowing what was in store for us tomorrow. I was very excited to finally be able to somewhat understand the things going on in the world and to be “off the grid” for a few days, while some people need to do it their whole lives.

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My Project Week Trip to India

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By Vincent Oganwu ’17

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included a Project Week trip to India.

This trip to India was definitely a life-changing experience. We participated in various activities ranging from traveling past the Himalayas, to seeing the Dalai Lama, visiting the Taj Mahal, and participating in service projects.

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Prior to the trip, I was anxious and a bit nervous; however, I was eager to explore, learn new things, and to interact with new people! Upon arriving in India, we quickly adjusted to the new atmosphere,people, and culture. After we deplaned, I was very excited to finally be in India, after many long hours of travel. We traveled from Chicago to Zurich, then from Zurich to New Delhi.

India is a country of rich history and culture, that has evolved over the years. The cities we visited include, Agra, Amritsar, New Delhi, and Dharamsala. In all of the cities we visited, the people I interacted with were very kind and excited to see an American tourist. By talking with the Indian civilians, I was able to get a different and more relatable view on what their lives are like.

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My Project Week Trip to Hawaii

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By Theo Covello ’18

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included a Project Week trip to Hawaii.

Before this Project Week trip, I thought that beaches, beautiful scenery, and relaxation was all that Hawaii had to offer. But I learned that Hawaii has so much more within its many islands, including a wealth of science and history and some of the most interesting geography, coral reefs, and water life in the world.

On this trip, we delved into all of this and more as we explored the beautiful island of Oahu. We learned the significance of coral reefs and how many species depend on them. We swam with some of Hawaii’s well-known sea turtles and learned about their lifestyle and the threats to their survival. We hiked Diamond Head and learned about the formation of these volcanic islands.

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Many of the historical sites we visited were the location of struggles for control of Hawaii. We saw where many warriors fell to their deaths in a brutal battle for Oahu. We visited the grand Iolani Palace, home to many Hawaiian monarchs, and we also learned how the United States came to annex Hawaii and end that monarchy.

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We also explored Hawaii during World War II. On Diamond Head, bunkers that were built during the war still remained. We went to Pearl Harbor, and this was probably my favorite part, because I like to learn about the two world wars that changed the world in so many ways.

Pearl Harbor itself had multiple stories. A guide gave us a very detailed account of the attack. Our group took a ferry out to the USS Arizona memorial, and learned how she was bombed and exploded, taking over a thousand men with her. Then we went around the harbor to the USS Missouri, saw the surrender documents that ended World War II, and explored the massive battleship.

Of course, we also enjoyed the island’s beautiful beaches. But what I liked most about this trip was finding out what Hawaii truly is — how it got there in the first place, how it came to be as it is today, and how life exists and around the islands.

The trip allowed me to truthfully and fully say that Hawaii is indeed a spectacular place.


Theo is a freshman at Morgan Park Academy.

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My Week at a Spanish-Language Immersion Camp

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By Elijah Moss ’19

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, including Spanish- and French-language immersion for eighth-graders at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota.

I really enjoyed the trip because I learned so many new things and it was a whole new Spanish experience.

I tried a lot of food that I know I wouldn’t try in Chicago. There was a new food every day and a variety of flavors. I absolutely loved the activities and thought it was a great addition to the village. With each activity, you learn something new. I never knew Carmelo Anthony was half-Puerto Rican!

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They gave out el globo necklace charms if you spoke Spanish all week and were a good participant; it feels great because everyone cheers for you in Spanish. My favorite activity was the dancing. I had the opportunity to learn how to salsa and bachata.

Mika was an excellent teacher. I also had great counselors who were very funny. I loved hearing every day from Captain Hispanic, our Spanish version of Captain America! It was a fantastic experience!

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Elijah is an eighth-grade student at Morgan Park Academy.

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My Project Week Trip to India

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By Justus Pugh ’16

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included a Project Week trip to India.

Our experiences in India ranged from breathtaking to heartbreaking.

As soon as we landed, it felt as if we were in an entirely different world. The architecture, the people — even the air was different!

We spent time in the cities of Dharamsala, Agra, Amritsar, and New Delhi. Each city we visited was a completely different type of amazing, and I learned so many different things from every one.

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Dharamsala gave us a look at the world from way up in the mountains! We got a chance to see the beauty in nature and service, and experience the culture of the Tibetan people.

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Agra was a city of beauty in history, where we toured the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, both places of ancient and exquisite architecture.

Amritsar showed us the beauty in giving and acceptance. We observed Sikh practicioners at the illustrious Golden Temple, where they feed up to 100,000 people every day!

Lastly, the city of Delhi was where we experienced the harsh realities of the world we lived in. Poverty was everywhere, reminding us all just how fortunate we are to live comfortably in America.

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Venturing all over the country on trains, cars, and buses while seeing so many different aspects of the rich Indian culture was an experience unlike any other — one that can never be relived, duplicated, or replaced!


Justus is a junior at Morgan Park Academy.

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