Fourteen La Lumiere students traveled to Hualien City, Taiwan to immerse themselves in three weeks of cultural study at Tzu Chi University. La Lumiere teachers and husband and wife team, Chris Ciambarella and Li Chen Tsai, a native of Taiwan, led the students through tours of the country. In addition to cultural studying and traveling, students completed 25 hours of community service by assisting in activities such as working on an organic farm and teaching English to Taiwanese students.
Rising senior, Blair Arnell of Chesterton, Ind. said, “This trip changed my perspective on key aspects of my life and taught me how to reflect on my own life and the world surrounding me. We were immersed in Buddhist beliefs which differs from my primarily Christian perspective. A particular moment that will remain in my memory was an opportunity that occurred at the home of ‘Taiwan's Mother Teresa,’ Master Cheng Yen. A handful of students were able to attend a chanting ceremony with Buddhist nuns. The peace and utter gratitude that the Buddhists upheld inspired me. The opportunity of being invited into one of their sacred ceremonies will be a moment I will never forget.”
About La Lumiere School
La Lumiere School is a premier college preparatory boarding and day school located on a spectacular 190-acre campus 25 miles west of South Bend, eight miles from La Porte, seven miles from New Buffalo, and about an hour southeast of Chicago. Academic excellence characterizes the entire curriculum and helps to prepare its students to attend some of the best colleges in the country including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, Middlebury College, Georgetown University, Cornell University, Colgate University, University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. La Lumiere School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA). Additional information about La Lumiere School can be found at lalumiere.org.