We set aside time to explore remote yet rewarding destinations in each country we visit. In the past, our students have heard an oral history of China's Great Wall while hiking atop it, recreated the journey from Homer’s epic poem "The Odyssey" by island-hopping around Greece, and ascended over 18,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
How do we choose where to go? It’s a delicate balance of climate and local ecosystems, transportation and cuisines, and of course regional security. You’ll typically visit each country when the weather is most welcoming and there are plenty of cultural events, ensuring you’ll be comfortable and engaged for the duration of your stay. And whether in Botswana, China, or Peru, you’ll always be surrounded by friendly teachers and classmates ready to discuss the rituals and institutions that shape the local culture.
At least one term per year takes place in a country where Spanish is the native tongue, allowing you to build on your Español through daily interactions with the locals. THINK Global School Spanish teacher Sam Nelson swears by the practice, stating, "few things are as rewarding as building up your language proficiency through personal and frequent interactions."
A while ago, my first year, I was on the Tohoku (site of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami) trip with a group of students. That was definitely the most pivotal thing I did while at TGS.
I think a lot of it comes from growing up in a Montana bubble town of 30,000 where everyone knows each other, but that Tohoku trip managed to open up a community to us in a way that I’ve never had a community, other than my own. That’s when I started feeling like I wasn’t a Montana kid anymore, I was becoming a global citizen.
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