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2021/22 Cohort 2

BiH
Malaysia
Ecuador
Greece

Accounts from survivors in Sarajevo, treks across the Ecuadorian coast, and ecology lessons in the jungles of Borneo are activities Cohort 2 students can look forward to during the 2021-22 school year.

Mostar. Photo by Dragan Tomić
Mostar. Photo by Dragan Tomić

BiH

Summer Term

A nation redefining itself

As travelers, we all form preconceived notions about the places we visit. Sometimes these notions are precise, sometimes they stray from reality. When THINK Global School arrived in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2016, our accompanying students and staff weren’t entirely sure what they were about to experience. To their surprise, they left profoundly changed by the people they met, the landscapes they explored, and the ideas they discussed.

Bosnia is a country reimagining itself, a country distancing itself from the civil unrest that tore it apart in the early nineties. During their time here, student projects examine the past, present, and future of this heart-shaped land by focusing on the reconcilation process. The term includes visits to Srebrenica, the site of the conflict’s worst massacre, and Mostar, a beautiful city that is still largely divided. 

Samtag Prakke '16

on his pivotal Bosnia experience:

"I was really affected by what happened in Srebrenica. After that weekend trip, I realized how one-sided that war was. Now I've looked into attaining an international law degree. I want to be able to change injustices like that. It's a driving force now. It's not just standing behind something and saying I support it. It's going further, and I really want to do something and help the people in Bosnia. Not to just have justice, but to work together in moving forward."

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Planned Project

  • Exploring the complexities of ethnic and religious reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Explore our 2019 term in Bosnia & Herzegovina in this detailed write up.

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Malaysia

Projects abound among Borneo’s stunning landscapes

Following their time in largely landlocked Bosnia & Herzegovina, our students head to Asia’s largest island of Borneo, where exploring giant caverns, dense jungles, and tropical rainforests is all part of a day’s work.

Borneo’s incredible biodiversity has been luring scientists to the island for over 150 years, and students will have ample opportunities to acquaint themselves with plants and wildlife that are found nowhere else in the world. New species are still regularly located on the island, and with a bit of luck, our students might etch their names in the annals of biology by discovering a previously unidentified species themselves.

Planned Projects

  • How can gene editing tools like CRISPR be used to bring Borneo’s orangutans off of the critically endangered list?

  • How can students successfully market ecotourism to Borneo’s expanding tourist population?

  • How can science and technology be used to successfully reverse Borneo’s deforestation?

  • How can we bioengineer a palm oil substitute that satisfies the world’s demand while preserving Borneo’s natural habitats?

Ecuador

A country composed of incredible contrasts

Following their time in Malaysia, our students head to another of the world’s most biodiverse countries: Ecuador.

The nature lovers among our ranks won’t want to go anywhere without their binoculars. Ecuador’s varied terrains are home to four major ecosystems and over 2,500 endangered animal species, including the Andean speckled bear and Eastern Santa Cruz Giant-Tortoise. Projects might include devising ways to help these animals once again flourish within their natural habitats.

Ecuador’s rich and varied cultures will play a prominent role in our learning. Hearing firsthand about the beliefs and concerns that impact everyday life will help our community form a clearer picture of Ecuador’s sociopolitical and socioeconomic structures. Conversations held during morning walks and over shared meals will also help our students forge meaningful connections with those who call Ecuador home.

These activities and many more will take place in the coastal province of Manabí, which will serve as our host location during the term. Students can take advantage of Manabi’s beaches during the day for science-based projects and again in the evening for taking in a tranquil sunset.

Best of all, Manabí is renowned for its seafood, chicken, and plantain dishes. So regardless of whether our students are vegetarians, pescetarians, or connoisseurs of meat, every meal should be Instagram-worthy.

Planned Projects

  • How can Ecuador utilize technology to change its reputation as a banana republic?

  • How can we use the culinary arts to tell stories about Ecuador’s rich history?

  • How can we use trigonometry to measure the height of the Ingapirca ruins?

  • How can the horticulture techniques used by the indigenous Chachi people be utilized in our home communities?

Santorini
Santorini

Greece

Spring Term

The birthplace of democracy is a beauty to behold

Each school year is concluded in a country renowned for its sun-kissed beaches and riveting landscapes: Greece.

Natural beauty is just one part of Greece’s charm. From an educator’s viewpoint, few countries offer as many opportunities for location-centric, project-based learning as Greece. Democracy, philosophy, and geometry are just a few of the ancient Greeks’ remarkable achievements, and projects this term consider those themes alongside more modern ones like the debt crisis and Greece’s continuing influx of migrants from the Middle East and beyond.

Greece is also special in that it is an opportunity for our two cohorts to come together, socialize, compare and contrast their experiences, and enjoy a set of end-of-year festivities. During the final weeks of each school year, we celebrate the culmination of personal projects and exemplary module work during an intercohort Student Symposium and honor our graduating students during their graduation.

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Planned Project

  • Students use their experiences of Greece and mathematical knowledge to teach people about the country’s economic and refugee crises

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