The Center Seville is a response to the growing challenges and complexities of the 21st century.
Our goal is to build a world-class, tuition-free, learning center that unites student leaders from around the world and provides them with the tools, perspectives, and networks required to ensure our future remains healthy, peaceful, and full of opportunity. Crucially, our lack of financial barriers will allow our program to remain merit based and globally representative, which will create a community of impassioned student ambassadors from dozens of countries united by an ability and desire to initiate significant change.
The Center's accredited eight month gap year program is designed to ensure our graduates become invaluable assets to their future colleges, communities, and states. Our curriculum will balance broad and rigorous college level academics with self-directed learning, community engagement, and European cultural immersion. Furthermore, our integrated farm, studios, and pursuit of healthy lifestyles will foster a dynamic yet tranquil environment where students can explore new disciplines designed to enrich their lives.
Our greatest asset will be our international community of students and staff who will stimulate a unique learning environment predicated on peer-to-peer engagement and cross-cultural understanding. Ultimately, it will be the collaboration and relationships between these exceptional individuals that will motivate, enable, and sustain them in realizing their fullest potential and in pioneering significant social change, both within their own countries and beyond.
In financing this project through the goodwill of donors we aim to set an example of generosity, which we trust our students will reciprocate—and multiply. In this way our donors will not only help build a global learning center but their contributions will represent a formidable investment in our collective future.
To realize this program we require your assistance. Financially our request is modest; however, your support is essential.
To best accommodate international enrollment our core curriculum will be taught in English; however, to broaden language proficiency we decided to base The Center in a non-English speaking country. We assessed regions based on their cultural, linguistic, and historical influences as well as their climate and ultimately decided to locate our program near Seville, Spain.
The Center has been developed to best engage the learning facilities of gap year students. At this age we are creative, enthusiastic, and unencumbered; our potential for learning appears limitless and is best stimulated through broad immersive experiences. Our unique setting adapts to these dynamic needs by extending beyond our classrooms and integrates studios, workshops, a learning kitchen, a cinema, and our farm. Offsite, students learn through cultural immersion, community engagement, guest speakers, conferences, and travel. In conjunction with a supportive faculty and motivational peers this environment will provide experiences that will both enrich student lives and challenge them to enrich the lives of others.
Students will reside on site in large ten person homes equipped with private bedrooms and large common spaces. We also envision some staff and their families living on site in personal residences. Integral to The Center is its farm, which will supply the kitchen, subsidize operational costs, provide opportunities for community engagement, and offer physical and intellectual nourishment. Both students and staff will commit 4 hrs/wk towards maintaining the farm & Center through planting, harvesting landscaping, cooking, cleaning, and governance.
As advocates for sustainable development we are committed to investing in ecologically responsible buildings, organic farming practices, clean energy, and conscientious waste disposal.
We value broad interdisciplinary learning that integrates components from both the arts & sciences. Particular emphasis is given to history, philosophy, literature, personal finance, Spanish, the sciences, cultural studies, wellness, and sociology.
We promote self-directed learning through independent study projects, personal learning programs, travel, community engagement, and our onsite studios.
Classroom learning follows the Socratic method, which expects students to familiarize themselves with content beforehand, ensuring class time is spent developing ideas.
Problem-based learning is utilized to stimulate inquiry, group collaboration, and communication.
Our accredited courses include Spanish, personal finance, and health & wellness (biology), which examines nutrition, fitness, social dynamics, and mental health.
Beyond our classrooms The Center provides an exceptionally rich learning environment. We will offer studios (fine & applied arts, fitness, mindfulness), workshops (tech, gardening, animal husbandry), a farm, a learning kitchen, a library, and a documentary focused cinema. Every month The Center will feature a guest speaker and our students will host an educational workshop for the local community. Additionally, we aim to develop a weekly cultural/language exchange with a nearby high school. Off-site, Europe is our classroom and students have opportunities for community engagement, to attend conferences & seminars and are encouraged to learn through travel.
Our scheduling is dynamic and is built around cultural events, community engagement, travel, workshops, and guest speakers. Likewise, students develop their Personal Learning Programs according to their interests, which allows them to follow their talents and discover their passions.
Integral to our curriculum is immersive travel within Europe. Weekends and holidays provide opportunities for travel within Spain & Portugal, while our mid-semester and end of term breaks allow students to explore more distant regions of Europe. The Center will offer at-cost Group Cultural Tours throughout the year and will also assist students in planning personal travel.