A trip of many firsts
Posted 09/09/2014 05:00PM

When I first heard about this trip, I admit I thought, “Hey, a cool trip to go trekking in Nepal!” but it has been so much more than that. It’s a trip of many firsts: the first time I got to serve and give back to others. The first time I really watched a team come together and be greater than the sum of its parts. The first time living a completely different lifestyle. The first time seeing poverty firsthand. The first time feeling like I had made an actual difference. The first time I really experienced another country. My first time in the Himalayas. As you can see, this has really been a life-changing experience and will impact me for years to come. It has inspired me to continue doing this kind of service and has been the highlight of my seven years at TASIS."

- Ryan Osgood ’14, France

TASIS Global Service Program

The 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 Global Service Program 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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