Check out the new Global Studies Pinterest board which maps where our students travel !
The Global Studies Office is trying something new! Stop by the Senior School Commons on Tuesday, October 15 during the lunch block. Find out everything you need to know about this year’s travel opportunities…but MORE THAN THAT .. talk to your friends as they share meaningful experiences they had over the past year.
At schools which are distinguished by inspired and innovative teaching such as Sewickley Academy, parents often return from Back to School Night with the lament that “I wish I could be a student again and take these courses!” While parents can’t sit in on classes alongside their children, there are so many opportunities for families to learn together. And exciting new developments with the Global Certificate program allow parents, grandparents and other friends and family members to join students on their journey of “cultural engagement” right here in Pittsburgh.
One of the four learning domains of the Global Certificate is Cultural Engagement which “includes experiences that have a bearing on one’s ability to formulate a globally-informed personal identity. These activities range from ones as complex as a semester-long home stay in another country to ones as simple as attending and reflecting on a concert by a South African band.”
The Global Studies office recognizes that Pittsburgh offers an abundance of international cultural opportunities and encourages students—and their families— to seek out these experiences and together become more informed global citizens.
Here is just a sampling of some of the exciting international events which will be staged in the next month:
The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (through Oct. 26) offers an eclectic mix of theater, dance, music and visual arts handpicked from around the world. The giant rubber duck floating by Point State Park is perhaps the most whimsical installation of the festival: its Dutch artist believes his giant duck “helps reconnect people with their forgotten childhoods.”
The Carnegie International, the preeminent exhibition of new international art in the United States, opens this weekend. The 2013 Carnegie International “presents new voices rooted in history, a sense of place, and play. The exhibition is guided by a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional; for art that celebrates dissonance and beauty; and for artworks that stay in touch with the everyday.” Opening weekend includes lots of intriguing events:
The Frick Art Museum’s exhibit Clayton Days Revisited: A Project by Vik Muniz, celebrates this Brazilian artist and photographer, whose work is “marked by his inimitable blend of wit, historical references, aesthetic excellence, and social relevance.”
Celtic Thunder performs Oct. 6th at 8 PM at the Benedum. “ Known for performing an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from traditional Irish fare to international hits, Celtic Thunder’s live shows are recognized for the use of dramatic visual effects as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway drawn from Celtic lore.”
Groupon has been featuring deeply discounted tickets while they last.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs one of the most recognizable works of all time – Carmina Burana— this weekend. “Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events.”
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet performs Oct. 26 at the New Hazlett Theater. Jazzmaster Randy Weston is “an internationally renowned pianist, composer, bandleader and cultural ambassador, whose compositions encompass the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa.”
Another Global Certificate domain is Global Action, which calls on students to exercise their ingenuity and commitment to the betterment of humanity by creating a self-directed service learning project which addresses a global issue. Global Links, a Pittsburgh based nonprofit which sends surplus medical equipment to developing countries, celebrates the opening of its new headquarters in Greentree this weekend. Two days of varied events mark the occasion and attendees can learn more about how they can volunteer and support the important work of this outstanding organization.
Story written by Joanne Barron at Trib Total Media. The story appeared Aug. 7, 2013
After living in the rain forest and other regions in Costa Rica, Katelyn Ripple realized it’s possible to live without electricity, hot water, a clothes dryer, technology and even food from the grocery store — and she liked it.
“All you need is the people you love around you, and you’ll be happy,” Ripple said after spending four weeks participating in a Costa Rican biodiversity, ecology and sustainability summer travel program.
Ripple, 17, a senior this fall at Sewickley Academy, was one of 12 Pittsburgh area students to receive a global travel scholarship through the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh — a nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness of international issues.
An avid volunteer, Ripple was the only student to choose an international learning experiment program in Costa Rica. She said it had the community service and environmental components she wanted.
“I made friendships that will last a lifetime, because there were no phones to distract us,” said Ripple, of Harmony Township. “We just had each other, and went on these crazy adventures together and helped the community. We could just sit and play cards, and we were perfectly content.”
Ripple said her favorite part of the trip was staying for three days without electricity or hot water in a small hut on the Proyecta Campanario — a biological station in the lowland tropical rain forest of the Osa Peninsula.
Students participated in eco-education projects and hiked in Corcovado National Park.
She saw how much pride the people there take in sustainable living. “They are always working toward keeping their environment clean and protecting it,” she said.
“We ate mangoes, coconuts and leaves from the trees. The bark of the tree tasted like marshmallows.”
She and her group often saw monkeys looking in their hut windows, and they ate live termites, which Ripple said are a good source of protein.
“They tasted like pepper,” she said. “It was crazy.”
Part of her trip also was spent with her host family in a three-room home with a metal sheet for a roof in the tiny town of Pejibaye.
Despite the Spanish-English language barrier, she managed to communicate and learn new things from her host parents, such as making a rope hammock, copper wire scorpions and praying mantes and cooking.
Activities included white water rafting.
Near the end of the month, they helped clean up the beach at the Ostional Wildlife National Refuge, where they saw turtles lay eggs at night.
“There were natural miracles all around us,” Ripple said.
Students also painted murals and did other volunteer activities at Pejibaye Environmental High School.
Ripple said the trip made her want to live a more sustainable life, and perhaps study sustainability in college.
Ripple’s mother, Terri, said her daughter, who always was interested in the environment, is even more focused on it now. She is trying to teach her family part of what the Costa Rican people taught her — puravida.
“It’s a saying they have that means living a simple life and not rushing through your life and enjoying it,” her mother said.
Ripple also plans to make presentations about her trip at Sewickley Academy and to the World Affairs Council, and to organize a Costa Rican dinner and a kids’ day at a park where she will teach Spanish dances.
Funds raised from the events will be donated to the Proyecta Campanario. “I know it changed my life,” said Ripple, who plans to go back to the area as an intern or volunteer.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or email@example.com.
Five students accompanied by Ms. Sanborne have arrived safely in Cambridge and begun their three weeks of study and exploring the British countryside. Please follow the link below to keep up to date with happenings on the Reach Blog!
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