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2021/22

China
Oman
Costa Rica
Greece

Recalling their indulgences on local treats like baklava, tres leches, and frozen gelato will have our students reflecting on 2021-22 with the sweetest of tastes in their mouths.

Photo by Athena Lam
Photo by Athena Lam

China

Summer 2021

This highly traditional society is turning towards the future

It has been fifty years since the dawn of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and while the Great Leap Forward proved to be anything but, China now finds itself the envy of the developed world. During our time here, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to delve into that particularly dark chapter of China’s five-thousand year history, as well as the many bright spots that accompany it. And between chowing down on local delicacies such as century eggs, sea cucumbers, and roasted Peking duck, we’ll engage in a variety of projects inspired by China’s culture, environment, politics, and society.

China Projects

  • What is the value of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and how can we convey that to the Western world? By exploring western Biology and research methods alongside TCM, the practice of Qigong, and the religions that underpin both, students will aim to answer this question.

  • What is the cost of becoming a world economic power? In this module, students consider China’s history, economy, industrial production, and the addressing of environmental concerns as they consider their part in a global consumption craze that is potentially straining the physical environment.

  • What are the stories behind China's mass migrations and how can we make these stories matter? In this module, students use literature, mathematics, history, human geography, and anthropology to better understand the movement of people into, out of, and throughout China, and the cultural cost of their exodus.

Al Hajar Mountains
Al Hajar Mountains

Oman

Fall 2021

A country steeped in valleys and values

While its neighbors in the United Arab Emirates construct ever-taller skyscrapers in a race towards the heavens, Oman is a country content to let its beautiful terrains and timeless traditions do the talking. The Middle East’s oldest independent state is a land without ego; modern, but not excessive, and filled with some of the friendliest people in the Persian Gulf. Oman will represent our first term in the Arab world, and our projects here will likely explore a wide range of themes exclusive to the region.

Oman Projects

  • How can we use science to inspire passion for marine tourism in Oman? In this module, students build their awareness of Oman’s marine ecosystems by exploring them firsthand through scuba diving. Utilizing their collected data, students construct an informative data-driven web platform centered around promoting sustainable marine tourism.

  • What does it mean to belong in Oman? In this module, student dive deep into Omani culture by exploring its grounding in tribalism, examining the tenets and practices of Islam, and by experiencing the activities of Omani families. In doing so, students are challenged to reflect on their own notions regarding belonging, group membership, religion, family, and personal identity.

  • How should Oman use its sailing history to shape its future? In this module, students learn about Oman’s rich history of trade by exploring geography and cartography, constructing and sailing a traditional Dhow boat, and examining the current events related to the gas and oil industry in the region.

Flickr photo by Krisna Kumar
Flickr photo by Krisna Kumar
Flickr photo by Krisna Kumar
Photo by Flickr user Anthony Doudt
Photo by Flickr user Anthony Doudt

Costa Rica

Winter 2022

There’s a lot to love about this tropical paradise

After wrapping up in the Sultanate of Oman, we head to a country renowned for its commitment to peace (it possesses no standing army), sustainable energy initiatives (it’s been running entirely on renewable energy since 2016), and incredible opportunities for collaborative science projects: Costa Rica. It’s also a chance to practice our Español with the friendliest ticos and ticas on the planet, all while enjoying some of the cleanest air in Latin America.

Costa Rica Projects

  • How do we feed the world without destroying it? In this module, students explore the impact of sustainable techniques and equitable practices by volunteering with local organizations to learn about organic farming and reforestation on the coastline, all in an effort to understand how seemingly small decisions about food have a large impact on our environment.

  • How can we apply surf science to prepare and improve people’s ability to surf from beginner to advanced levels? Through their personal experience of learning to surf at a local surf school, students gain an understanding of the mechanics and fitness programing required to effectively train for a sport-specific activity and then apply their understanding to coach other students in surfing.

  • How can we promote the concept of pure vida around the world? By engaging with nature, yoga, sustainability, music, surfing, and other activities, students will become their own test subjects in an attempt to quantify the impact of pure vida on their well being in a region known for its unusually high life expectancy.

Ale gardens in Monteverde. Photo by Liisa Toomus
Erika photographs a hummingbird
Nosara Sunset. Photo by Liisa Toomus
Jake snaps a photo
Santorini
Santorini

Greece

Spring 2022

The birthplace of democracy is a beauty to behold

After bidding adieu to Costa Rica, we finish the school year in another country renowned for its sun-kissed beaches and riveting landscapes: Greece. But 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 will consider those themes alongside more modern ones like the debt crisis and Greece’s continuing influx of migrants from the Middle East and beyond. From a student’s viewpoint, living in one of the world’s oldest cities while subsisting on a diet of olives, feta, and other regional dishes is a proposition as sweet as the honey-drenched baklava they’ll cap meals off with. 

Learn more about the 2015 TGS Odyssey

Greece Project

  • How can we use our experience and mathematical knowledge to teach people about the Greek Economic and Refugee crises? In this module, students use statistics, modeling, and algebraic formulas to design a webinar that highlights the complexities associated with the Greek Economic Crisis and the Migrant/Refugee Crisis. The webinar is designed to be presented at our end-of-term showcase.

Grade 10 set off to recreate The Odyssey
Galek draws a plein air sketch in Ithaca
Exploring the Melisanni Cave
Josh and Elliot participate in the Traveling Shorts Film Festival

Glimpses of Greece

Pondering Plato at the Parthenon and snorkeling in Santorini were just two of the activities we got up to in Greece.

Travel

Meet TGS Student River Wittke

June 4, 2015

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Projects in the Peloponnese

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Did I Complete My High School Bucket List?

June 4, 2015

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