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weXplore: Italy for the food-obsessed

  • May 27, 2016

  • by Jarret Voytilla and Lindsay Clark

This week, ten of our students (accompanied by supervisors and fellow culinary enthusiasts Jarret Voytilla and Lindsay Clark) departed Florence for Emilia-Romagna, the region north of Tuscany that is home to some of the most famous ingredients in Italian cooking. After a week-long sensory exploration, the ten students will return to Florence and prepare an authentic Italian gastronomic exposition for the students and staff of TGS. The purpose of the Emilia-Romagna weXplore is to explore the...

May 13, 2016

Anti-establishment politics and the rise of Italy’s Five Star Movement

by Jill Benik and Lee Carlton

This week, Nick Martino and his Grade 11 social and cultural anthropology students welcomed Alfonso Bonafede, a member of Italy’s Parliament, into their classroom to discuss the rise of populism and technology within Italian politics. During the conversation, Mr. Bonafede explained how political awareness is paramount in every society while indifference is deadly for democracy -- arguably never truer than right now. Alfonso Bonafede Is a member of the anti-establishment,...

May 4, 2016

Grade 10 provide meals -and dignity- to Rome’s homeless

by Lee Carlton

Recently, during our Rome weXplore, our grade 10 students had the opportunity to participate in a particularly fulfilling place-based learning lesson by teaming up with the non-profit organization Project Rome for an afternoon. Project Rome, founded by British expats Mary Stuart-Miller and Steven Barnes, is “an initiative to encourage and inspire kindness, love, compassion and caring, worldwide, and bring human warmth to those who need it most.” The initiative took...

April 15, 2016

Seven interesting facts about Florence, Italy

by Lee Carlton

This week, THINK Global School kicked off its term in Florence, Italy. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of seven interesting facts about our new host city. So whether you’re working on a school project or planning a trip to Florence yourself, we hope these interesting facts shine a little light on the “city of lilies." Now on to the facts! 1) Florence Nightingale was born here Florence is known for...

April 1, 2016

Seven interesting facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Lee Carlton

With THINK Global School’s term in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently concluded, we thought we’d share a few interesting facts about the heart-shaped country with you. Whether you are working on a school project or planning a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina yourself, we hope you find these seven facts useful!! Fact #1) Sarajevo was the first city in Europe with a full-time electric tram Trams have a long history in...

March 28, 2016

Sarajevo: the city steeped in stories

by Elliot W.

The tram, adorned in a blanket of graffiti, makes its first stop since I stepped on. The tired doors creak open to reveal the mall. Home to all the foreign cuisine and expensive clothes shops in Sarajevo, its glass windows, doors and walls scream modernity. It is a distinct contrast to what the tram passes minutes later: streets defined by buildings of beige, peach, cream and grey, littered with bullet...

Head of School Jamie Steckart reflects on our time in Bosnia

by Jamie Steckart

Educators rarely talk about the concept of cognitive dissonance, which occurs when a student is confronted with new ideas that run counter to their preconceived notions. In the student's attempt to relieve this discomfort, they try to make sense of the world by reconciling what they thought they knew with what new information has taught them. We each came to the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with our own...

March 21, 2016

My love letter to Sarajevo

by Ana S.

I can't believe you were the one to catch my eye. I don't believe in love at first sight, but the second I saw you, I was already in too deep. I had never seen such a place like you, with your enigmatic past and thriving future. You captivated me as soon as the smell of cigarettes hit my face, and just like the smoke, I initially thought your enchantment...

March 17, 2016

Students showcase their talents at the 2016 IB Art Exhibition

by Chung Man Chan

This year we have four students completing the DP Visual Arts course: Rony Tene, John (Jake) Ols, Tiana Seger, and Cameron Shelter. The artistic journey they have taken over the past two years culminated in the 2016 IB Art Exhibition, which took place on March 2nd, 2016, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which provided an opportunity for them to showcase their artistic efforts, including photography, painting, mixed media, and sculpture....

A War of Kindness

by Breanna Reynolds

In her celebrated TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns of The Danger of a Single Story. “To show a people as one thing, over and over again, that is a single story,” Adichie states. The truth is, I only knew one single story of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) before I arrived, and that same narrative was reinforced through every murmur, stare, and worried conversation I encountered before my visit. “But…...