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Congratulations to this year's thirteen graduates.
Summer 2016

Row 1: Fatima Ouhabi, Madeline Schwartz, Sabrina Diekow, John Ols
Row 2: Rony Tene, Tiana Seger, Samtag Prakke, River Wittke
Row 3: Yuan Kelly, Joshua Buse, Sydney Morris, Cameron Shetler
Row 4: Paul Schmidt-Engelbertz

A Message From Our Head of School

As the sun sets on the Italian landscape, I would like to thank the TGS Community for another incredible school year. It was a year filled with amazing learning opportunities: we went dog-sledding in the Arctic Circle, performed on stage in Stockholm, broke perceptions in Bosnia, explored the birthplace of the Renaissance, and, inevitably, ate far too much gelato in the cafes of Florence.

I recently read a piece from Kelly Donnelly titled "The Hardest Part of Traveling No One Talks About". In it, Kelly talks about the way we change after being away from home for a long period of time, how once we experience a different place, we come out different. We change in ways that our friends, family, and local community will never understand. For a while, Donnelly states, you will be the shiny object of conversations when you return home, but this will wear off. Because while you were out in the world undergoing great changes, the people back home maintained their strict patterns of familiarity.

We often remark that students change more in one year at TGS than anywhere else. With this in mind, I’d like for our students to be mindful of the changes they’ve undergone. They should take a moment to look back at where they started compared with where they are now; reaffirm the values they hold dear and honor the new ones they’ve picked up during our world-spanning journey. TGS has provided a moral compass and given access to maps without end. Armed with these tools, I doubt they’ll ever view the world through the same lens again.

To those students leaving us, we wish you safe travels to your new destinations. To our returning and incoming students, we look forward to embarking on the next leg of our journey together this September in Peru.

Featured Video

Click to play a video by student Pablo H.

Featured Content

TGS Brightens up Florence During the 5k Color Run

There are a lot of colorful characters at THINK Global School, but never more so than during the recent 5K Color Run in Florence. 10th graders Grace S. and Eden H. share the details on the rainbow run they helped organize through Italy's most charming city.

SEE THE FUN

Italy For the Food Obsessed

Bruschetta, mozzarella, and carbonara are just a few of our favorite things, and for the food-obsessed students among our ranks, learning how to prepare mainstay dishes such as these proved to be a dream come true during the week-long Emilia-Romagna weXplore.

Each day presented new opportunities to learn about Italian cuisine and cooking techniques, and by the end of the trip our students had all the skills needed to whip up a sumptuous six-course meal for their peers. Head to our blog for a recount of the trip, but heed this warning: don’t do so on an empty stomach!

READ THE BLOGTHE GASTRONOMIC PAYOFF

Embark on a Journey of Sicily with Ayesha and Nicolas

There’s something electric about exploring new locations, but capturing that energy on film to share with others requires deft and gifted hands, which two of our young filmmakers, Ayesha and Nicolas, luckily possess.

Ayesha and Nicolas's short film The Sicilian Experiment highlights their time backpacking across Italy’s largest island, and it does a great job of capturing the overstimulation they experienced while ambling through coastal towns and trekking up the imposing Mount Etna. It’s easy to see why The Sicilian Experiment was a hit at this year’s Traveling Shorts Film Festival.

WATCH THE VIDEO

Grade 10 Provide Meals -and Dignity- to Rome's Homeless

During the economic crisis, Italy's homeless population nearly tripled; in Rome alone, there are over 3,000 homeless and refugees sleeping rough. To combat this, Project Rome are scaling up their efforts to provide food, clothing, and a bit of dignity to the city's downtrodden.

In April, our Grade 10 students had the opportunity to work alongside Project Rome’s founders Mary Stuart-Miller and Steven Barnes for a day, prepping protein-packed meals and gathering garments. Visit our blog to learn more about Project Rome’s mission and history, and how you can also make an impact in the lives of Rome’s homeless.

READ THE BLOGPROJECT ROME

Check it Out: Venice in Photos!

Via “choose-your-own-weXplore,” many of our G10 and G11 students closed out their school year with a visit to Italy’s most iconic city, Venice. Between gondola rides up and down the city’s narrow canals, students explored a variety of crafts closely associated with the city's history and identity, including glassblowing and mask-making, the latter of which plays an important role in Venice’s annual Carnival festival.

VIEW THE PICS

Where Are We Headed Next?

After taking some time off to rest and recharge, our students and staff are off to Peru for the next leg of their educational journey. It’s been a few years since we last visited South America, but between Peru’s cozy cities, natural beauty, and archaeological wonders, we couldn’t be more excited to return. Until then, ciao!

PERU OVERVIEW
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