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Greetings from Peru
Winter 2016

A Message From Our Head of School

Our Peru term has officially come to a close, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the amazing learning opportunities and connections to the Pre-Columbian world we experienced. We began in the Sacred Valley town of Urubamba, where our students engaged twice a week with the local communities. On Wednesdays, providing service through a variety of projects and on Thursdays engaging in community sports with local high school students.

Upon wrapping up our time in Urubamba, we set out to hike the Inca Trail, ending our six-day trek in the historic city of Machu Picchu. Drawing a connection to last term, the Duomo in Florence was being completed around the same time as Machu Picchu. Digging in deep, we learned how massive the Incan Empire became in as little as 100 years, and several of our featured writings below explore this popular portion of the term.

Cusco became our last home in Peru, allowing us to see the differences between town and trail, town and city life. It is a mix of ancient, Inca, and Spanish influences, all of which provided an amazing backdrop for learning.

Finally, we traded the cozy charm of Peru’s Andean villages for a decidedly different experience: the city by the bay, San Francisco. Our time in SF focused on developing possible career interests through visits to tech giants like Facebook and Etsy and allowing our students to get a taste of campus life at a handful of the city’s premiere colleges, including Stanford, Hult, and Berkeley.

We are now on a month-long break before heading out for our next destination: the crown jewel of North Africa, Morocco.

Until next time,

Featured Video

Click to play A Postcard Home from the Sacred Valley

Featured Content

It Was Never Smooth: My Journey to TGS

by 11th grader Wajahat M.

A common misconception about our students is that to attend a traveling high school, they must all be rich. Keenly aware of his own rural upbringing, 10th grader Wajahat M. set out to shatter this misunderstanding by describing his own journey from the rural backstreets of Punjab to becoming the first Pakistani student at THINK Global School.

READ "IT WAS NEVER SMOOTH"

10 Things I Learned on the Inca Trail

by 11th grader Amy E.

Life on the Inca Trail isn’t easy, but the sprawling views of Machu Picchu make the hobbled ankles and stiff backs worthwhile. 10th grader Amy E. used her own experiences on the trail to compile the following list of tips that everyone should read before heading out on a trek of their own.

SEE THE TIPS

Highlights from Our First Week in San Francisco

by 11th grader Jess M.

11th grader Jess M. is new at TGS this year, but she quickly found her groove by creating a variety of “man on the street”-style videos that captured herself and her classmates exploring Peru and San Francisco.

Jess had her camera rolling during visits to many of San Francisco’s famous attractions, including Alcatraz, and during tours of the universities and companies which make the city by the bay so unique, such as Stanford; the University of California, Berkeley; Facebook; and AirBnB.

WATCH THE VIDEOSEE JESS'S VIDEO FROM PERU

A Modern Family

by 12th grader Samaya P.

With her term in Peru now complete, senior Samaya P. is acutely aware that her time at THINK Global School is drawing to a close. In “A Modern Family,” Samaya speaks candidly about her three years at TGS, recalling the fear she felt in Auckland about integrating into a new school -where she was surrounded by unfamiliar faces- up through the present, where she’s struggling to imagine leaving those very same faces behind.

READ "A MODERN FAMILY"

The Tree

by 10th grader Harry W.

While in Peru, Breanna Reynolds’ humanities students selected a SPEED (social, political, environmental, economic, or demographic) factor to study in-depth. In looking at the environmental factors Peruvians face, 10th grader Harry W. wrote the short story “The Tree,” which exposes deforestation and is told from the narrative view of a tree itself.

READ "THE TREE"

Climb for Knowledge: What I Learned from a Term in Peru

by 11th grader Jenna R.

It’s the familiar features and recognizable landmarks that shape our first impressions of a country, and for 11th grader Jenna R., ascending Machu Picchu was the definition of a perfect Peruvian experience. But it wasn’t the views from the ruin’s summit that opened Jenna’s eyes as much as the views on globalization and tourism shared with her by the indigenous Quechuan people who call the surrounding farmland home.

READ "CLIMB FOR KNOWLEDGE"

¿Por qué travel? Learning on the road

by Humanities Teacher Breanna Reynolds

“Where do you guys live?” “What do you eat?” “Wait, the students actually travel with you?”

These are just a few of the questions anyone involved with TGS can be expected to answer on a routine basis, and their frequency led Humanities Teacher Breanna Reynolds to write one of the most in-depth looks at why we as a traveling school have invested so much into our nomadic lifestyle.

READ "¿Por qué travel?"

Calling All Explorers: Join Us in 2017-18

Do you know someone who dreams of gaining an education by exploring the world and participating in multidisciplinary projects that focus on their interests? Next year, we jet off to Japan, India, Botswana, and Spain, and we’d love for them to join us!

Limited spaces are still available for the 10th and 11th grade, and we encourage them to apply today on our website.

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