Did you know that you don’t need to take time off from school to travel? You can go to school AND travel at the same time. At The Traveling School, classes ARE travel.
A recent article from the Matador Network by Amanda Machado explored how THINK Global School and The Traveling School are providing opportunities to take students out of the traditional classroom.
“Luckily, [THINK Global School] isn’t the only school figuring out how to take high school education on the road. The Traveling School has similar goals, only this time specifically focusing on female students. Their mission is to enrich the lives of teenage girls with an enduring educational experience focusing on overseas exploration, academic challenges, expanded outdoor skills, and a deeper engagement with the world.
Unlike THINK, students only leave for a semester (or around fifteen weeks), and visit three to four countries in a selected region during that time: Fall Semester programs visit Southern Africa, while Spring semesters visit South America. The Traveling School also specifically emphasizes outdoor adventure skills in addition to traditional academics.
But similarly, students come from across the world and programs are capped at 16 students. The school provides college seminar-style classes that are often interdisciplinary and student-centered. Students travel with four full-time teachers, and have the opportunity to earn full academic credit for six semester courses in traditional courses like math, history, science, English, foreign language, and Physical Education. But they try focusing courses on “transformative teaching” with themes like “race, liberalism, democracy, capitalism, and power.”