Every two years, students in Years 6 to 8 have the unique opportunity experience ten days in Thailand. This trip sees our students expand the knowledge they have gained in the classroom through investigative fieldwork.
The trip has an emphasis on cultural immersion; students cycle through local villages, visit ancient temples and plant rice using traditional methods (a very muddy experience indeed!). They also walk through local hill tribes learning about discreet differences and history, climb 320 stairs to walk in the clouds at the Doi Suthep Mountain Temple, engage in conversations with young monks and learn to cook traditional Thai cuisine in the Prem Organic cooking school under expert Thai tuition. They ride elephants as well as traditional bamboo rafts!
Highlights include visiting an orphanage and a hill tribe school. Our students come away enthused, inspired and wanting to stay just that bit longer!
Overall, the group develops an awareness of a world very different to our own and we learn first-hand that we have the ability to change and impact positively on the lives of those in need. They develop an empathy with those who are different and/ or less privileged. In terms of our International Baccalaureate education, students embrace one of the fundamental concepts of the programme, that of developing international awareness.