It has been fifty years since the dawn of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and while the Great Leap Forward proved to be anything but, in many ways China now finds itself the envy of the developed world.
Students live in the sprawling ultramodern city of Shanghai during their time here, where they’ll find an incredible diversity of people to interact with, an impressive range of architecture to admire, and endless marketplaces, museums, food stalls, and landmarks to explore.
Students also visit cities and provinces where antiquity and tradition still reign, and the concept of modernity is limited to the tech that resides in their pockets and backpacks. In previous terms, students have learned the process of Longjin tea roasting firsthand, practiced martial arts and Chan Buddhism at a Shaolin temple, and ventured into China’s centuries-old Hakka walled villages, where ancient customs and beliefs are still practiced today.
"China was completely unlike anywhere I’ve been. It beat my expectations, and was one of the coolest terms. Coming from the US, which just turned 150, it was mind boggling to be in a place with buildings thousands of years old, and a history even older.”
Diving into China’s history to understand the cultural costs associated with rural exodus and how said history has influence urban migration
Gaining hands-on experience with traditional Chinese medicine to learn how our health can be improved through Chinese concepts
Examining the culture of entrepreneurship in China through the lenses of economic growth, social enterprise, and sustainable development
Explore our 2019 term in China in this detailed write up.Read the Post
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 world.
During their time in Oman, students reside in its capital city of Muscat. Comfortable and quiet, Muscat offers the chance for a range of outdoor activities, including marine lessons in the Gulf of Oman and exhilarating hikes in the nearby Al-Hajar mountains, the highest range on the Arabian Peninsula. Tradition abounds within Muscat’s souks and mosques as well, and students will be hard pressed not to fall in love with the healthy, spice-filled cuisine that the sultanate is renowned for.
Project choices in Oman include exploring marine studies through the lens of artificial intelligence and machine learning; using the principles of physics, navigation, and mathematics to engineer a marine vehicle; and applying traditional Islamic art techniques to celebrate an Omani narrative.
"The long walks on the beach, the weXplores, the sunburns, the laughs, the tears, the hugs, the shawarmas. They all made Oman very memorable and eventful, and it will always have a special place in my heart."
Building awareness of Oman’s marine ecosystems through scuba diving, collecting data, and constructing an informative data-driven web platform centered around promoting sustainable marine tourism
Learning 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
Performing a deep dive into Omani culture by exploring its grounding in tribalism, examining the tenets and practices of Islam, and experiencing the activities of Omani families
In this short film created as part of a personal videography project, Class of 2019 student Isabelle Ricotta captures her and her classmates’ time in laid-back Oman perfectly through a combination of striking visuals and fitting sounds.
Explore our 2019 term in Oman in this detailed write up.Read the Post
Long a crossroads for culture and business due to the canal that runs through it, Panama makes perfect sense as a host country due to its smorgasbord of African, American Indian, North American, and Spanish influences. While definitely a melting pot due to steady immigration, rich cultural traditions unique to Panama still abound due to an indigenous population that has taken painstaking efforts to maintain their traditions.
On the natural side, Panama’s pristine rainforests, mist-topped mountains, and unspoiled coastlines provided an enviable backdrop to engage in place-based learning. Due to the pleasant surroundings, many of our student-bonding activities take place on Panama’s sandy beaches and in its crystal waters.
For their home base, students spent the term living in dormitories just outside of Panama City in the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge). Consisting of 200+ buildings and over 5,000 residents, the Ciudad del Saber is an independently-run hub of innovation constructed on the former Fort Clayton military base. Ciudad del Saber is now home to myriad innovators, researchers, students, and educators, many of whom attend and work at the international universities who maintain campuses there. Like our students, everyone who resides in the Ciudad del Saber aspire to achieve human and sustainable development through the pursuit of knowledge.
Project opportunities for students in Panama include creating innovative products and an accompanying business plan in a fabrication lab, exploring Panama’s hidden anthropological treasures by creating a documentary film, and a deep dive into the concept of blockchain.
"It was the first country during my TGS career where I managed to meditate on my own, and this says a lot. Panama was absolutely stunning in every possible sense. Also, the Nutella brioche at Playa Venao was an absolute highlight!”
How can students design an innovative product in a fabrication lab that solves a problem?
Creating a documentary that represents a local cultural phenomenon viewed through either a social, political, economic, environmental, or demographic lens
Designing the schematic for a decentralized application on a blockchain framework that improves security, efficiency, or quality of life for a target industry or community
Explore our 2020 Panama term in this detailed write up.Read the Post
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.
Students use their experiences of Greece and mathematical knowledge to teach people about the country’s economic and refugee crises
Explore additional media from our Greece terms, including personal reflections, videos, and conversations with guest speakers.View The Media
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