THINK Global School is an IB-authorized traveling high school. Every year, our school travels to three international cities to explore, study and learn.
Nestled in the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountains, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan offers those that visit a glimpse into a highly preserved way of life. Hailed as the last Shangri-La, visitors to Bhutan are at once transfixed by the country’s unspoiled fairytale landscapes and exotic wildlife species such as the Takin and Black Necked Crane. Red robed monks and brightly colored prayer flags can be found at Bhutan’s many sacred Lakhangs (temples) and imposing fortress monasteries known as dzongs. While here, students will be introduced to Bhutan’s unique and innovative approach to planning the next stages of global development, using the four pillars of Gross National Happiness as organizing principles.
With its picturesque views, tranquil Buddhist lifestyle and focus on tradition, it’s no wonder that the Kingdom of Bhutan is recognized as one of the happiest places on earth, and we are no doubt happy to visit!
The organizing principle behind the planning of the trip was to help introduce TGS students to Bhutan’s unique and innovative approach to planning the next stages of global development, using the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH) as organizing principles. The principle of planning national development around the concept of GNH includes detailed focus on:
By focusing on these four organizing principles during the intersession, our students were able to cultivate a deep understanding of Bhutan’s aims as a constitutional monarchy. The media assembled in “Bhutan’s quest for happiness – a student exhibition” presents a digital window into their journey through a country deeply motivated to do right by both its people and the environment. Beneath, you can find a playlist which provides both an introduction (Bhutan and its quest for happiness) to the intersession and a series of four student-produced videos highlighting the different pillars of Gross National Happiness.
Click the screenshot below to enter “Bhutan’s Quest For Happiness:”
Apple users can additionally download our iTunes U course entitled Bhutan and Gross National Happiness for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch from iTunes.