Experiential learning involves the learning of valuable concepts, skills and attitudes through active, and often physical, engagement. As an example, a field trip to a forest to explore its flora and fauna and their interactions will offer students far more tangible and understanding of these things than reading and class conversation alone might provide.
ISU offers many opportunities for our students to learn experientially. These include picnics, field trips and service and action excursions among others. And both our Primary and Secondary schools offer extended excursions to connect students with the each other and the community, culture and geography of our beautiful host country, Mongolia.
Primary School Camps
Our camp excursions are designed to connect primary students with Mongolian culture and nature through activities that incorporate team building, science and physical education.
Grades 3 to 5 spend one to three nights away from school at a campsite where they engage in such activities as hiking, archery, horse riding and crafting. They connect with Mongolian culture by sleeping in traditional gers and learning about local customs and traditions. And they also get an opportunity to explore the animal and plant life in their surroundings.
Week Without Walls (WWW)
In the Secondary School, Week Without Walls is an integral part of our educational program. It takes place during the first semester of each school year. Students in every grade level have the opportunity to experience the world outside of our classrooms and to explore the rich and varied surroundings of Mongolia.
WWW provides students with educational experiences that strengthen their knowledge, skills, environmental awareness and cultural sensitivity. It gives them valuable opportunities to grow as individuals by taking risks, contributing to their environment, and reflecting on their shared experiences.
Students participating in the WWW will:
- Develop new skills;
- Develop greater understanding of their own areas of strengths and how they can continue to help them to grow;
- Work collaboratively with others;
- Develop their capacity to undertake new challenges;
- Show perseverance and commitment in pursuing their goals;
- Understand and celebrate the culture and heritage of Mongolia;
- Engage with issues of global importance;
- Consider the way their actions affect others, including the broader community and the environment.