THINK Global School is an IB-authorized traveling high school. Every year, our school travels to three international cities to explore, study and learn.
Cuenca is a city teeming with artisans that pride themselves for continuing a tradition of hand-made crafts, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. Cuenca was originally a Cañari settlement known as Guapondeleg, which translates into “land as big as heaven.”
The birthplace of poets and great men, the “Athens of the Andes” has a history, culture, and architecture so rich and well preserved it’s been declared both a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the Cultural Capital of the Americas.
Colegio Alemán Stiehle is an IB World School that gives its students a “bicultural and trilingual education.” Those three languages are Spanish, German, and English. Since Spanish is Colegio Alemán’s primary language, our students had to put their classroom language lessons into practice if they wanted to have fun socializing. Spanish also came in handy as they navigated Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site 2500 meters above sea level that is surrounded on all sides by the peaks of the Andes. To the ancient Inca civilization, this site was known as “the door of the puma,” a metaphor that links its function as a political center to the animal world and to the idea of the brain as the body’s spiritual gateway. At least we think so; Inca is not covered in the IB Diploma Programme.
Everyone I spoke to, students and staff alike, agree that your presence has broadened the perspective of our students, opened their eyes to new cultures, new ideas, new ways of thinking about our world. One student said it helped break down prejudices that our students might have had about other countries they didn´t know much about, but having met students their age from those countries, they now understood their culture much better. Another student said that the TGS students’ contagious enthusiasm and appreciation for all things Ecuadorian had made him appreciate the beauty and cultural richness of his own country much more.- Agi Orosz - CASC Staff Member