The Business of Tea
Nov 17, 2016
India is a country known for its innumerable deities, mouth-searing dishes, elaborate weddings, and multicolored sarees. Once you venture past these cliches, however, you realize that few places offer as many bold and unique experiences to the travelers willing to seek them out.
In previous terms, we’ve called the cities of Hyderabad and Mumbai home, but moving forward students might find themselves conducting projects on Goa’s golden beaches. All of that will be determined in the near future, with our students’ best interests in mind.
Regardless of our host city, India promises plenty of opportunities to get out and explore, and in past terms students have learned about water potability by analyzing samples from the sacred River Ganges, observed extreme poverty during a tour of the Dharavi megaslum, interviewed survivors of the Bhopal industrial disaster, and picked tea during lessons on entrepreneurship in Kerala.
Projects during our India term are wide-ranging and community focused. In recent terms, students have gained an understanding of the sustainability issues linked to population distribution and density by exploring urban city planning in Mumbai, examined how mathematical thought processes have evolved from different ancient cultures, and helped local Warli artists make the transition to the online marketplace as opportunities in their rural villages dwindle.
Adapting Indian e-commerce, business, and economic solutions to benefit a charitable or non-profit organization in students’ home countries
Examining India’s contributions to the field of mathematics and comparing/contrasting them with the mathematical developments of Western countries
Studying sustainability issues linked to population distribution and densities in the world by exploring how urban planning is achieved in India
“To say that I toured the holiest city in the world alongside some of my best friends and visited the tree under which Buddha was enlightened was something I never thought I’d be able to do.”
A collection of student and faculty blog posts from the jewel of Southern Asia
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Diamond-rich and conservation-friendly, Botswana has devoted over forty percent of its land to national parks, wildlife reserves, and nature preserves. During their time in-country, students have ample opportunities to engage in some truly unique project-based learning across all three.
Our Botswana term takes place in one of Africa’s last significant wildlife habitats, the Okavango Delta, where students track the density and movement of hippos, giraffes, elephants, lions, and rhinos, amongst other majestic beasts.
Local conservation experts demonstrate how to recognize animal tracks, sight predominant species, and identify vegetation in Northern Botswana, with the collected data submitted to a long-term conservation study sponsored by the government of Botswana.
During the term, students also discover the importance of storytelling customs in Botswana and apply the techniques to construct their own stories. It’s a one-of-a-kind term in Africa’s best-kept secret.
“Botswana, the first country I visited with the school, introduced me to a new way of living -- one I would never have imagined I'd like when I was back in my own cozy room in Poland.
Everything was new during that month, from the language I was speaking to the people I was living with. No matter how cheesy it sounds, we all cherished the little moments: standing in a circle around the fire, admiring the way the sky looks away from the city lights, watching sunsets and not caring about anything other than the mix of colors that was right before our eyes."
Determining methodological approaches to monitoring animal diversity and distribution in the Okavango Delta
How can we communicate the lessons learned about stewardship in Botswana through the art of storytelling?
Examining how different perspectives influence how we view environmental issues
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Whereas India is a country undergoing significant change, Japan can always be counted on to stay much the same. One thing is for sure, however: almost every THINK Global School student who visits Japan lists the term among their favorite.
Our time in Japan is centered around the bustling host city of Hiroshima. And while its name evokes images of tragedy and loss for most, visitors are quickly won over by the city’s resilience and commitment to peace. Beautiful gardens, pristine temples, and a top-notch shopping center are all easily accessed by foot, bike, or tram, and the incredible Miyajima Island is just a short boat ride away.
Alongside hearing from survivors of the atom bomb, practicing kendo, learning to kodō drum, and consuming absurd amounts of sushi, students have the opportunity to participate in some truly fascinating projects during their time in Japan. These projects include a deep dive into how the Japanese approach marketing, using augmented and virtual reality to create a lesson for students worldwide, and examining the issue of nuclear energy usage in Japan by meeting with a variety of stakeholders.
Japan’s rail system also makes traveling the country a breeze. In the past, our staff and students have taken advantage of this by embarking on week-long learning excursions to Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka. You can expect a similar outing to one of these cultural treasure troves to be planned this year as well.
“The Conscious Consumerism module was wild. It was a chance to embark on some very non-vegetarian tours in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, run errands for locally produced products, and cook with traditional sushi chefs. We learned a lot about the battle between an economy dependent on fish consumption and the growing environmental risk, all while eating delicious egg rolls.”
Thinking about the marketing of ideas in a digital age by studying marketing principles and targeting a unique Hiroshima product to a local or international audience
Investigating and producing a national energy plan for Japan by investigating the perspectives of different stakeholders, including environmental NGOs, the government, and regular citizens
Creating a project for learners across the world that leverages one of the social sciences and the technologies of virtual and augmented reality
On the 6th of August 1945, a bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of people. During their 2019 term, CM2 students Levith A. and Julie G. filmed the short film A Hiroshima Story for the World, which shares the story of Soh Horie, a hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). Mr. Horie has fought throughout his entire life to promote his message of world peace, and its importance.
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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
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