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Returning to the first host school in Stockholm

  • September 15, 2011

  • by Marta Guevara

ON THE THIRD OF JULY, I was on a plane on my way back 'home' to Orlando, Florida. During the summer, I would eventually travel quite a lot - from Orlando to New Hampshire, stopping on the way in North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. My travels were both for pleasure and work. I returned to Orlando, Florida after numerous trips already and sighed, Well, I guess I...

May 25, 2011

Lessons learned from the Wall

by Marta Guevara

Look, look up there, I can see it now! The first sighting I DON'T TURN AROUND. I want the Wall to find me, and not vice versa. If it's as big as they say, well, let it impress me by showing itself. I keep still in the bus looking out the window. I'm close to the front, since I get dizzy in the back of the bus. About fifteen minutes...

February 12, 2011

Teamwork and encouragement in the Blue Mountains

by Marta Guevara

TGS Teacher Marta Guevara recounts the climbing and rappelling trip to the Blue Mountains with Nick Sagar. JUMP, JUMP, COME ON you can do it! My body is frozen. My legs are feeling weak. I am paralyzed with fear. I need to jump on my back into a pool inside the canyon. I'm standing on a rock only 2 meters up, but it might as well be 50. I look...

February 7, 2011

A lesson from rock climbing in finding your passion

by Marta Guevara

TGS students recently had the opportunity to work with Nick Sagar, a well known rock climbing expert and independent rock wall design consultant. Marta Guevara talks about meeting Nick, and learning how to follow your passion. NICK SAGAR STEPS INTO the indoor climbing facility. "Look at him," whispers Brad. "I love to see an expert walk into their element. They see things we can't see." Brad is right. Nick walks...

January 19, 2011

TGS: the school with no walls

by Marta Guevara

WE'RE SLOWLY DRIVING up a dirt road with eucalyptus trees lined up at each side. A total of 19 pairs of eyes are looking up. “There” shouts Liam, “up on that tree.” For a second I’m reminded of the shout of “Tierra!” given by Rodrigo the Triana from the Pinta. In a moment, we’ve all jumped out of the van. There, up on the eucalyptus tree, looking down at us...

January 9, 2011

Transitioning to second term

by Marta Guevara

Sydney! Yes, we are here! Hugs, smiles, and catching up takes a few minutes in a verbal cascade of enthusiasm. We are back together - our first re-encounter since we began this unprecedented journey back in September in Stockholm. It's a perfect time to pause and reflect on that which now spreads out behind as we look ahead with eager expectation. There have been a lot of firsts in the...

September 16, 2010

The “School” is All Around Us

by Marta Guevara

By Marta Guevara, TGS Teacher We’re Not In School Yet? A group of teachers and students sat in my room as we discussed a number of "girl" topics. As our conversation started to expand to a more general discussion, one of our students remarked, “my friends are home have been asking me if we have started school yet, but I keep telling them we even haven’t SEEN the school.” I...

September 6, 2010

15 young adults I haven’t met already changed my life
From the Spanish Teacher

by Marta Guevara

Yes, we haven’t met face to face. However, I wouldn’t be sitting here in Sweden full of expectations, excitement, and happiness waiting to meet you if it wasn’t for an inspiration of love. Yes, TGS will succeed. What comes from pure love, has to be successful. I can’t think of a more pure form of love than that of a mother towards her child. Alex, this is a gift for...