The Global Immersion Program explores world issues through unforgettable learning experiences. Our program, a recipient of the Leading Edge Award by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), is guided by the belief that understanding relationships between cultures, showing sensitivity to others in the world, and possessing global awareness are essential keys to leadership.
Global Immersion is at the core of academic and community life at St. Timothy's. When our students read Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi, they discussed the book with the author during her visit to the School and reflected on issues such as political freedom and human rights. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, later keynoted a symposium on Ethics, Sustainability, Human Rights and Women Leadership at the School, and Sheila Sisulu, former South African Ambassador to the US and Deputy Director for the World Food Programme, continued the dialogue, discussing poverty, apartheid, and female leadership. Sisulu's visit then catalyzed a school trip to South Africa, during which students and faculty met Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who spoke of the importance of ubuntu, a Nguni word that stresses our interdependence as a humanity.
Through the Global Immersion Program, students have also had the opportunity to journey to Peru, where they learned to appreciate the country's ancient cultures and rich biodiversity; to Bangkok and Beijing to explore religions and sustainability; and to India, Egypt, and throughout Europe.
In addition, ongoing lectures by world leaders, classroom activities, and trips to the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund encourage students to think with a global mindset throughout the year.