8th Grade Jeju Journey Creates Lasting Memories

By Craig Mooi Nov 10, 2017

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, the 8th grade trip, which focuses on the theme of “a journey,” took place from October 30-November 3. They spent four days on the island of Jeju. The trip itself was filled with various activities from going underground and exploring a lava tube, to hiking up South Korea's tallest mountain. The highlight for most students was the ocean day when they were able to swim with Jeju's women divers, take a coastal walk, and even do some deep sea fishing (one student caught 22 fish in about 40 minutes!).

At the end of the week, students were able to give back to the Jeju community through service projects in a nursing home, a home for people with disabilities, and a beach cleanup. Beyond the activities, the 8th graders enjoyed forming new friendships and deepening bonds. We look forward to the rest of the year together and will enjoy looking back at these memories.