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The class of 2014 during our first term in Sweden
The proverb “time flies when you are having fun” certainly seems to hold some weight here at THINK Global School. It seems like only yesterday that we were announcing our plans for India, Tanzania and Japan, and maybe a day before that we were sharing the news regarding Argentina, Bhutan and America. Now, as we prepare to send our first graduating class out into the world, we are excited to share our travel plans for the upcoming school year. This year, the announcement of our locations is accompanied by one regarding the duration of our time spent in each country: the 2014-15 school year will move from two terms and a two-week intersession to three terms, each roughly equivalent in length, and no intersession.
Where are we headed, you might ask? Without further ado:
Term 1: New Zealand
Term 2: Turkey
Term 3: Greece
Our host schools during these terms will be located in Auckland, Istanbul and Athens, respectively.
In addition to returning to a three-term academic calendar, we also plan on maximizing our time in each location by placing a greater emphasis on experiential learning, and endless opportunities for lessons outside of the classroom abound in each of these amazing countries. As we familiarize ourselves with these locations and make acquaintances on the ground, we are exploring possibilities that would allow us to: discuss the effects of global warming during a hike across New Zealand’s Franz Josef glacier; engage in energetic debates reminiscent of the world’s most renowned philosophers at Greece’s ancient Parthenon; begin to make sense of Turkey’s recognition as the cradle of civilization during an exploration of Istanbul’s archeological park. These hands-on encounters — we use the term weXplore — keep our students physically engaged while adding new dimensions to their learning experience.
Other potential weXplore activities for 2014-15 include:
- Tongariro National Park
- Milford Sound
- Waitomo Caves
- Canoeing down the Whanganui River
- Auckland volcanic fields
- Wellington’s Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kiwi spotting on Stewart Island
- Whale watching in Kaikora
- Blue Mosque
- Topkapi Palace
- The Hippodrome
- Grand Bazaar
- Ferry ride to Çanakkale fortress
- Hot springs at Pammukale
- Dalyan’s loggerhead sea turtle breeding grounds
- Saronic Islands
- Archaeological site of Delphi
- Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic games
- Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
- Tomb of Agamemnon
- Theatre at Epidaurus
As we enter our fifth year as the world’s preeminent traveling boarding school, we would like to extend an invitation for young, emboldened travelers to join us on our academic journey. Details on applying to THINK Global School can be found on our admissions page, or by clicking the button below.