As travelers, we all form preconceived notions about the places we visit. Sometimes these notions are precise, sometimes they stray from reality. When THINK Global School arrived in Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2016, our accompanying students and staff weren’t entirely sure what they were about to experience. To their surprise, they left profoundly changed by the people they met, the landscapes they explored, and the ideas they discussed.
Bosnia is a country reimagining itself, a country distancing itself from the civil unrest that tore it apart in the early nineties. During their time here, student projects examine the past, present, and future of this heart-shaped land by focusing on the reconcilation process. The term includes visits to Srebrenica, the site of the conflict’s worst massacre, and Mostar, a beautiful city that is still largely divided.
"I was really affected by what happened in Srebrenica. After that weekend trip, I realized how one-sided that war was. Now I've looked into attaining an international law degree. I want to be able to change injustices like that. It's a driving force now. It's not just standing behind something and saying I support it. It's going further, and I really want to do something and help the people in Bosnia. Not to just have justice, but to work together in moving forward."
Exploring the complexities of ethnic and religious reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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From the world’s oldest continuous culture to Mother Nature’s largest coral reef, Australia is as unique as the oddball animals who call it home.
Melbourne, with its iconic cityscapes and temperate year-round climate, serves as our host city and center of learning, but a number of planned excursions will give us a feel for Australia’s depth and development as a whole.
In previous terms, students have practiced Aboriginal customs during a visit to the Blue Mountains, studied native wildlife on Kangaroo Island, SCUBA dived the Great Barrier Reef, and met with representatives from Amnesty International and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for advice on effectively crafting an activism campaign.
Designing a culturally appropriate activist strategy for students’ home countries based on their experiences with Australia’s social justice system
Using the expertise of Australia’s huge sporting industries to build a health initiative for a target group in need
Planning and creating a mixed reality experience that meets the needs of a small business and their target audience
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For their Spring term, students have a chance to visit the wonderland that is Chile, a country revered by nature lovers for its massive glaciers, ancient forests, and surreal deserts — and that’s just scratching the surface of what this slender country has to offer.
Chile’s twenty four ecological regions, which span over 2,700 miles, also include lush rainforests, temperate savannas, and glimmering coastlines, and each of these varied terrains holds the possibility for extraordinary biology projects built around our science-based learning targets.
During their time in country, students call the chic and leafy city of Santiago home, and have ample opportunities to learn about Chile’s communal way of life by interacting with indigenous peoples, like the Mapuche, and striking up friendships with locals through homestays and interschool extracurricular activities (futbol, anyone?).
"The hike was so fulfilling and I felt a whole range of emotions during it. I felt joy, pain, satisfaction, and helplessness."
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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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