Each year, YISS middle school students participate in the Week Without Walls program, which is designed to let students have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning. Students and teachers leave campus to participate in activities designed to promote character and leadership development, as well as outdoor and service learning.
This year’s 6th grade Week Without Walls trip to Daecheon Beach took place from September 18-20. The trip was filled with learning, friendship, nature, and fun. The days were full of hands-on learning with everything from the writing and performance of skits and working on a traditional Korean art project in groups to learning about the nature of the tides and studying the creatures they contain.
Students also learned about stewardship of resources and reflected on being thankful for the resources they have access to. During this trip, all students had the opportunity to be stewards of the group’s resources by helping with the cooking and cleaning.
When activities were not scheduled, students spent free time strengthening new and existing friendships by playing board games, basketball, building sand castles, and sharing stories around the campfire. The Week Without Walls trip seemed to pass too quickly; however, all returned home with stories and memories that will be recounted throughout the year.