Discovering Tibetan Culture in Shangri La
Jul 19, 2016
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.
Showcase their learning of Chinese martial arts and medicine, and the biological systems they involve, through a public demonstration
Visit Taipei to better understand China and Taiwan’s political stalemate over the island state’s independence
Create a board game that incorporates China’s industrial sector, the sector’s environmental impact, environmental laws, and personal and citizen choice
Explore China’s use of walls, including the Great Wall, firewalls, and minority-focused invisible walls
Peking opera recitals, tai chi lessons, and a trip to Shangri-La are just a few of the highlights from our 2011 term.
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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.
Measure the impact of the Arab Spring on Oman and the economic, social, and political actions taken by Sultan Qaboos in its wake
Curate an exhibit at Oman’s World Knowledge Center that demonstrates Oman’s rich maritime trading culture, from frankincense to becoming a world leader in oil exports
Combine mathematics and scuba diving to promote sea turtle survival in Oman by submitting collected data to the Dive Against Debris program and Clean Swell by Ocean Conservancy
Create a graphic novel that explores ways of belonging in Oman based on culture, traditions, family, and tribal structure
Observe primate social behavior at the El Zota Biological Field Station
Explore the impact of Costa Rica’s sustainable techniques and equitable practices by volunteering with local organizations to learn about organic farming and reforestation on the coastline
Present an interactive project at Playa Guiones beach that explains the science of surfing through oceanography, mathematics, physics, and wellbeing
Individually produce a short video that explains and demonstrates how the Costa Rican concept of pura vida can be applied back home
Costa Rica was a chance to study primates and dolphins, immerse ourselves in rainforests, whitewater raft, and spend quality time with local families.
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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.
Pondering Plato at the Parthenon and snorkeling in Santorini were just two of the activities we got up to in Greece.
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