Ever wonder what it would be like to travel the world as a nomad in high school? You’re about to find out! In this episode of Fueling Creativity in Education, Dr. Cyndi Burnett and Dr. Matthew Worwood welcome Joann McPike, the Founder of THINK Global School, a not-for-profit, project-based, student-led traveling boarding school. THINK Global School is based on the foundation of empathy, diversity, resilience, and self-reflection. Enrolled students travel to four different countries each year for the last three years of high school.

Tune in to learn how this nomadic school works, the changes they see in students as they progress through the program, and the power of infusing a global perspective into high school-level education.

“When you learn in an unconventional way like that, the learning sticks because the memory is stronger.” – Joann McPike

Joann sheds light on how THINK Global School enables students to trust their own creativity and build their creative skills. She walks you through an example of their educational projects, explains why they don’t do exams, and details how project-based learning fosters a deeper connection with the communities they live and travel in.

“What does a TG student look like? Curious, creative, adaptable, resilient, caring, intelligent, fun, enthusiastic. They want to be there. They’re not there because they have to come, they come because they want to. They want to take charge of their own education. They want to see what’s different out there.” – Joann McPike


Plus, she shares how educators can get involved in teaching at THINK Global School! 

Joann’s Tips for Teachers and Parents:

  1. Asking kids what they’re curious about will spark creativity.
  2. Mindset is really important. Understand that creativity lies in each one of us and it’s our job as adults and educators to support that.
  3. Let kids know that you believe in them because their creativity is their power, it’s where their energy lies.

Recommended Resources:

THINK Global School

Career opportunities at THINK Global School

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