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New Global Service Program Trip Takes Students to Moldova


Riscova is a village in central Moldova—the poorest and least-visited country in Europe—with a population of just over 1000 people. There is currently no school for students after grade nine and no communal space for the villagers to gather.

EcoVisio, a youth-led grassroots NGO in Riscova, envisions Moldova and its neighbors as a model region of empowered society, healthy environment, and vigorous, fair economy.

This March, faculty leaders Kim Goldsworthy and Mark Chevalier and 13 TASIS students spent a week at EcoVisio, marking the School’s first Global Service Program visit to Moldova. They learned about sustainable development and organic agriculture, designed and constructed equipment for a new community park, and forged lasting connections with members of the local community.

Mark Chevalier and Diana Khassanova ’19 worked together to create this video recap of the initial trip.

See photos from the Moldova trip on the TASIS SmugMug page.

TASIS Opsahl Global Service Program

The Opsahl Global Service Program was envisioned by Jan Opsahl ’68, who became the first international student at TASIS when he came from Norway in 1965. The pioneering program was launched in 2013 with major support from a most generous donation from Mr. Opsahl and his family to set up the Global Service Trust. This Trust, along with support from the TASIS Foundation, make this incredible, life-changing experience for our students possible.

The Opsahl Global Service Program, which has been directed by Zach Mulert since its inception, transforms lives by providing every High School student a unique opportunity to connect across borders through comprehensive experiences that build empathy and encourage personal responsibility. Participation in the program—which is designed to awaken students to humanitarian needs, inspire them to build enduring, mutually beneficial relationships, and lead them toward a life of active citizenship and committed service—is a graduation requirement.

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