Trekking the Waterfalls

It’s been a busy week of classes and activities on Global High School!

Classes have been running full speed ahead as midterms steadily make their way upon us. World cultures sat down to meet with a group of monks on Thursday shortly before our traditional Laotian dinner and dance show. As well, our social sciences students have sent out online surveys to analyze how emerging technologies have challenged adolescent consumer trends.

When they’re not in class or buying smoothies from the many road-side vendors, you can usually find students climbing up a nearby waterfall! Staff and students made their way over to Kuang Si Falls on Thursday after period one for an afternoon in nature. In addition to the falls, the park is home to a bear sanctuary which houses and heals Asiatic bears from the province to protect the species.

The bottom of the waterfall is a collection of multiple pools that make up this calming jungle oasis. Off to the side was a pathway where anyone could hike up the falls and capture stunning views of the park. After making our hike up, students jumped into the reservoir at the top of the waterfall and shared the swing before making their way down to the central pools.

Owen had this to share about his waterfall experience:

“I thought the waterfall was beautiful and the water was extremely nice, cool and clean. The views from the highest point looked like they were directly out of a magazine and the water was incredibly blue. My experience was out of this world and so worth taking the trip out.”

On Friday morning we woke early at 5 AM to participate in the daily alms giving rituals between Buddhist monks and local residents. Alms giving is the ancient tradition of giving food to the monks in return for good karma points. From the 35 temples throughout Luang Prabang and into the province, monks rise every morning at 3 AM to walk into the city and receive alms while meditating. This practice is centuries old and continues to take place every morning to this day.

We arrived at a spot far removed from the center of town where a group of monks from the countryside made the trek to receive their morning sticky rice. We washed our hands with clean water and were given bamboo baskets of rice with small biscuits to give out before the processions began. Dots of orange hues could be seen from down the road with some monks as young as 10 years old! After the processions ended, we were taken to the morning market to learn about the various spices and herbs from the surrounding area.

Tomorrow brings us into the weekend with more water sports and thrill-seeking excursions to come. Students will visit Big Brother Mouse to read to young children on Saturday morning with an added bike tour out into the jungles on Sunday.

Yours under the falls,
Nic