India Service


From March 12-24, 2017, we will travel to India’s Golden Triangle to collaborate with local teachers, prepare and serve meals, and work and play alongside student peers in a variety of community settings. Our signature partnership will take place at Pardada Pardadi Educational Society, an innovative vocational academy that has transformed the lives of thousands of girls and their families in rural Uttar Pradesh state.  Visit to review video, photos, and text of Pardada’s wonderful mission. 

At Pardada, we will:

  • Shadow our peers in class.
  • Serve as classroom aides in the primary grades.
  • Assist the girls’ families in their homes and on their farms, and visit a very special local women’s cooperative.
  • Observe a sacred puja ceremony on the Ganges River.
  • Build community toilets to promote hygiene.
  • Support the school’s new dairy-cow program.
  • Engage cross-culturally over meals, dances, and a friendly soccer match.

Ours is a unique program designed specifically for Chatham Hall in collaboration with Alterra Global Initiatives, a dynamic, global-education consulting group in Washington, DC. Our previous 10 programs, carefully and intentionally planned, have made us proud.  They have made a difference in many lives, established Chatham Hall as a forerunner in global service, and proven transformative for our girls.  

Additional features of our 2017 India program will include:

  • A visit to the Taj Mahal!
  • A winter-trimester seminar for students on campus that will help them to understand the historical, social, and religious texture of India.  We will provide participating adults with a syllabus to follow off-campus.                                         
  • Collaborations with the American Embassy School, an independent international school in Delhi that will host a morning of spirited dialogue.
  • Encounters in Delhi at Gobind Sadan, a lovely contemplative space that celebrates the value of all faith traditions – and at Sanskriti Kendra, for an evening program of food, music & traditional dance.
  • Service in Jaipur, India’s ‘pink city’, where we will read and write to small children and visit a temple on elephant-back.