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Congratulations, Class of 2020!

We’re pleased to share this year’s graduating class: 25 incredible individuals spanning two cohorts, whose personalities are as unique as their TGS experiences. Yet for all of their wonderful differences, each is united in having left an indelible mark on their educators, our school’s culture, and, most importantly, each other.

The Class of 2020 got back to basics in Botswana, trading their cell phones and laptops for hands-on experiences with an array of incredible wildlife.

They embraced the unexpected in India and found serenity in Japan’s unique blend of modern and old.

Spain showed the staying power of Basque traditions while China showed a country hurtling towards the future.

Oman and Panama provided spectacular shorelines to explore maritime heritage and the art of surfing while Chile’s Patagonia region challenged our students in ways they’d never been challenged before.

Bosnia and Herzegovina exposed our CM1 students to the complexities of war alongside the beauty of one of Europe’s best-kept capital cities. Australia showed the value of maintaining culture over thousands of years alongside a glimpse into the future through a virtual reality-focused module.

Greece, the setting for so many incredible journeys, provided the perfect backdrop for both our cohorts to come together and bond.

So without further ado, we present to you the Class of 2020!

Marwa Afechkar

Year Joined: 2018

From: Morocco

Cohort: CM2

Countries Marwa called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: “The reality is to be true to yourself and acknowledge your surroundings with respect and dignity.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The community, weXplores, and calendar invites.

Amelie Andreas

Year Joined: 2017

From: New Zealand

Cohort: CM1

Countries Amelie called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "Life is too important to be taken seriously." -Oscar Wilde

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Built-in community and free food

Napassakorn Atireklapwarodom

Year Joined: 2017

From: Thailand

Cohort: CM1

Countries Napassakorn called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "Do whatever you want and don’t care about other’s judgment"

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Growth, adventure, and reflection

Hinda Ina Bicaj

Year Joined: 2017

From: Kosovo

Cohort: CM1

Countries Hinda called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Community

Jack Collison

Year Joined: 2018

From: Canada

Cohort: CM2

Countries Jack called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "It's all said and done now. I spent two years in a program that I only sort of believed was a reality when I heard about it. I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part of the experience that is too big to try and put in a quote, so I'll summarize it in four words; a really good time."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The ability to hang out with everyone and have a great time, the level of connection with the staff, and stipend.

Liam Davis-Bosch

Year Joined: 2018

From: United States

Cohort: CM2

Countries Lillian called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." -Seneca

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The long chats in the hallways before bed checks, group cuddle sessions

Maria Fernanda Diaz de Leon Marin

Year Joined: 2018

From: Mexico

Cohort: CM2

Countries Maria called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "Life will make you own your vulnerability; just like a turtle finding the sea, you will run towards immensity by always following the music of what inspires you to grow. "

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Definitely the people, the previously made schedules, and... stipend.

Monica Donayre Villarreal

Year Joined: 2018

From: Venezuela

Cohort: CM2

Countries Monica called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "Fall forward."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Community, vibes, and stipend

Maria Dörr

Year Joined: 2018

From: Germany

Cohort: CM2

Countries Maria called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: “Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”― Paulo Freire

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Trying out new food and restaurants, the community, how most things were organized for us and how much support we got.

Isabella Doloresnida Engalla

Year Joined: 2018

From: United States and Philippines

Cohort: CM2

Countries Isabella called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman

Senior Quote: “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? A close-knit community, project-based learning

Julia Gwiozdzik

Year Joined: 2017

From: Poland

Cohort: CM1

Countries Julia called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: “As long as you live, keep learning how to live" - Seneca

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Stipends and discovering new veggie restaurants, random deep conversations with people, lack of routine, and living an unpredictable life.

Giulia Hettwer

Year Joined: 2018

From: Germany and Italy

Cohort: CM2

Countries Giulia called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, and Oman

Senior Quote: "There is only one thing we say to death: Not today." - Syrio Forel

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Friends and advisory meetings.

Scott Hibbard

Year Joined: 2018

From: United States and Ecuador

Cohort: CM2

Countries Scott called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "The only constant is change" -Heraclitus

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Independence, stipend, and the TGS family.

Justin Smith-Hoopes

Year Joined: 2017

From: United States

Cohort: CM1

Countries Justin called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "Growth is the only true measure of one's character."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Extreme emotions, staff, and the personal project budget.

Ryleigh Iverson

Year Joined: 2017

From: United States

Cohort: CM1

Countries Ryleigh called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." -The Dalai Lama

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? People, people, people!

Soeun Kim

Year Joined: 2017

From: South Korea

Cohort: CM1

Countries Soeun called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise, then in you go."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Community members, traveling the world

Aurelia Kriwat

Year Joined: 2018

From: Germany

Cohort: CM2

Countries Aurelia called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "Let's go and be changemakers."

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The community, dorm life, and the excursions.

Adi Lifshitz

Year Joined: 2017

From: Israel

Cohort: CM1

Countries Adi called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "And one day we will die And our ashes will fly From the aeroplane over the sea, But for now, we are young Let us lay in the sun And count every beautiful thing we can see" -Neutral Milk Hotel

Cam Manh Nghiem

Year Joined: 2018

From: Vietnam

Cohort: CM2

Countries Cam called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "Normality is a crowd-sourced fantasy." - Sean Lionadh

In one to three words, how would you describe your experience at TGS? Adventurously Safe

Paula Marquina Gurrea

Year Joined: 2017

From: Mexico and Spain

Cohort: CM1

Countries Paula called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. ” —John Lennon

Chase Peterson

Year Joined: 2018

From: United States

Cohort: CM2

Countries Chase called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote: "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile." - Mac Miller

In one to three words, how would you describe your experience at TGS? The people, the community, and having Dan as a personal doctor.

Jess Pegram

Year Joined: 2017

From: South Africa

Cohort: CM1

Countries Jess called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere." - Ursula K. Le Guin

Varvara Seslija

Year Joined: 2017

From: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cohort: CM1

Countries Varvara called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

In one to three words, how would you describe your experience at TGS? Never feeling lonely, always being able to ask for help, and free open feedback

Charlotte Tenebrini Steckart

Year Joined: 2014/2017

From: United States

Cohort: CM1

Countries Charlotte called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, Costa Rica, Greece, BiH, Australia, and Chile

Senior Quote: "Don't forget the happy thoughts All you need is happy thoughts The past tense, past bedtime Way back then when everything we read was real And everything we said rhymed."

Thao Thanh

Year Joined: 2018

From: Vietnam

Cohort: CM2

Countries Thao called home: Botswana, India, Japan, Spain, China, Oman, and Panama

Senior Quote "I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I've lost." -Nan Goldin

In one to three words, how would you describe your experience at TGS? People, Botswana, and Japan.

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Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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