“Plus est en vous – there is more in you than you think.” Kurt Hahn, Founder of the UWC movement
The opportunities for learning at UWCSEA extend far beyond the classroom as students take on experiential challenges that build resilience, collaboration and leadership. Our Outdoor Education programme offers an incremental progression of age-appropriate experiences to students across the K–12 curricula. Whether river tracing in Malaysia in Grade 3 or white water kayaking in Nepal in Grade 9, students develop confidence in their physical abilities and emotional resilience to withstand difficult situations.
Connecting to nature
The Outdoor Education programme allows students to disconnect from the distractions of technology and reconnect with nature. It provides an avenue for them to explore the natural environment in a safe setting, learn from mistakes and develop perseverance.
The awareness of the environment they develop also supports the College’s commitment to sustainability.
Students begin to see one another in a different light as strengths not visible in the classroom arise. Communication and collaboration skills improve as students work together to complete essential tasks such as setting up camp or preparing a meal. All activities are designed to draw from students a greater range of skills and talents than they knew they possessed.
Students are often surprised to find within themselves the determination, adaptability and teamwork needed to rise to the challenges these adventures present. Achievements in outdoor education are recorded through student reflections and demonstrated in the character, skills, qualities and maturity that students develop and apply across all aspects of the learning programme and in their lives.
“Completing Project Week shows how much we, as students, have evolved. It’s especially rewarding if you’re a student who has been at UWCSEA for a long time, because you’ve been through all the trips where there was a lot of control and guidance and assistance from teachers. In Grade 4 you don’t ever leave the teacher’s sight! Then by Grade 9, you find more freedom and it’s fun to relish this, though you still find teachers there who are making the decisions. And then in Grade 11, it’s all entirely up to you!”
Grade 11 student (Dover), Project Week 2013, Coimbatore, India