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2021/22 Cohort 1

China
Oman
Panama
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

Panama

There’s a lot to love about this tropical paradise

During our time in Panama, students live and learn at the City of Knowledge, an innovative hub of creativity which goes hand-in-hand with Panama’s growth and economic development within Central America.
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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Travel

Projects in the Peloponnese

May 11, 2015

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Travel

Did I Complete My High School Bucket List?

June 4, 2015

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Explore additional media from our 2014 term, including personal reflections, videos, and conversations with guest speakers.

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