Upper School Overnight Field Trips

 

MUN Trip

Model United Nations (MUN) Trip

The TASIS Model United Nations (MUN) team is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to role play as delegates to the United Nations and participate in simulated committees of the United Nations. The MUN group meets after school from November to January and on some weekend days and attends Model UN conferences, organized by universities or by UN affiliated organizations. Thousands of high school students from around the world participate in the conferences, which involve substantial research, public speaking, debate, writing skills, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and leadership. These conferences are held in cities around the world, allowing the team to engage in additional educational activities as part of the travel experience.

At the end of January, the MUN team, consisting of fourteen students, along with MUN directors Mr. Nathan Hughes and Ms. Gerlinde Wimmer, travel to the The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Conference. The students not only represent TASIS England, but serve as models of the potential of their generation to have a truly significant impact on the world around them. 

Students on this trip are also able to visit some historical and cultural sights in the area, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House, the MC Escher Museum, and the experience included a trip to Delft.  

Dates of Travel
Saturday, 27 January – Saturday, 3 February 2018

To find out more about MUN, please get in contact with Mr. Nathan Hughes.

Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) Trip

Romanian Children's Relief Service Trip

Each February break, Ms. Gediman takes between 14 and 15 Upper School students to BistritaRomania. This is a community service project, and all students will receive CSP hours. The program we work with is called, Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR). It was begun in 1990 by photojournalist, Michael Carroll, and he is still very involved today. It is a small charity that works only in Bucharest and Bistrita. In Romania, all of the staff are Romanians, with a small volunteer support staff in the USA.

We fly from London Luton Airport into Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and have a coach drive us to Bistrita. In Bistrita, we break the students up into small groups each day to visit and work in a different RCR program. The four programs our students take part in are as follows:

  • Working with abandoned babies in the hospital section.
  • Working with abandoned special needs babies and toddlers in the placement centre.
  • Working with Roma children in an afterschool program.
  • Working with Lacrima (a wonderful special needs school) students.

In the evenings, we do different activities. One night, we enjoy a feast of Romanian food, cooked by the staff, and shared with us in a lovely gathering. Another evening, we visit a family that successfully fostered a child and then adopted her (a way of sharing the fact that there are success cases!). We have a celebration dinner at a restaurant in an old hotel with the entire staff of RCR on another night. And on Friday, we invite a group of Roma children and their teacher to come and eat dinner with us in our hotel restaurant after having spent the afternoon swimming with them! We then wrap up the trip on Saturday morning as we make our way to Cluj. The students are given free time at the Iulius Mall to enjoy sharing their experiences of the week together in a leisurely fashion. We then fly home early Sunday morning. 

Dates of Travel
Sunday, 18 February – Sunday, 25 February 2018

Trip Price: GPB 1,175

To learn more about the Romanian Children's Relief Service Trip, please get in contact with Ms. Wendy Gediman.

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Hope & Homes (H&H) Service Trip

Hope & Homes Service Trip

Few things can be as rewarding as helping those who have been dealt far less good fortune than we have. They pay us back for all our efforts with their smiles and love. One week out of our lives can make a difference for many years in theirs. 

Part of each student’s trip fee will go towards financing the service project on site and supporting the local projects, be it through the purchase of medicines or upgrading equipment for the children and in the houses they live in. Twenty children also benefit from our funding of their membership in a karate club in the community. This winter, three of them competed  on national level and brought home a bouquet of medals. Our eyes are always open to find where  our funds can make the best difference.

Starting in February 2008, we have raised, through the service trips and year-round  campaigns, the £19,000 required for a bus for the children recently re-homed from an institution in Bacau. The most recent fundraising campaign has made it possible to replace the minibus that TASIS students financed after their first visit in 2002. It has made a huge difference to the children’s lives since then but now it is falling to pieces but still good to transport goods over short distances. 

Dates of Travel
Sunday, 18 February – Sunday, 25 February 2018

Trip Price: GBP 1,175

Students who wish to be considered for this trip need to contact Mrs. Reinikainen and submit an application essay outlining why they would be excellent candidates for this trip.

THIS TRIP IS AT CAPACITY

Upper School Ski Trip 2018

February Ski Trip

During the February half term week TASIS England offers a ski trip to Saas Grund and Saas Fee in Switzerland to all Upper School students. 
The trip is organized by VIAMONDE (www.viamonde.com), and accompanied by two TASIS teachers.

The price for the ski trip includes UK transfers, flights, airport to resort transfers, travel and accident insurance, accommodation in multi-bedded rooms, breakfast and dinner in the chalet, hot lunch on the slopes, ski rental including safety helmet, boots and poles, lift pass, skiing instruction and supervised skiing in small groups (1:7), individual assessment of progress and performance, and evening activities.
The sign-up period for the Upper School ski trip is from May to October. To sign up your child to the ski trip, please click the button below. 

Dates of Travel:
Saturday, 17 - Saturday, 24 February 2018

Trip Price: GBP 1,780

Sign-Up Deadline: 16 Nov 2017

If you have any questions regarding the US ski trip please contact Ms. Gerlinde Wimmer, the Upper School Travel Coordinator.

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Mallorca Trip

Mallorca Trip

In order to put into practice the knowledge acquired in the classroom, many students of Spanish take part in an educational trip to Palma de Mallorca. During this amazing adventure, they visit several places of historical and cultural interest, such as the beautiful gothic cathedral and its own museum, the arab baths, and the museum of contemporary Spanish art. Students are exposed to a real "language in life" experience, as they have to communicate with Spanish people in many every day situations. This trip is certainly a phenomenal opportunity where students are completely immersed in the Spanish language and culture.

Dates of Travel
Thursday, 12 April – Sunday, 15 April 2018

To learn more about the Spanish trip to Palma de Mallorca, please get in contact with Ms. Eva Snyders

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Peru Service Trip

Peru Trip: Service, Culture, Adventure

A service trip to Cuzco, Peru, for high school students.  An opportunity to help in an orphanage, a school and a farm, located in the outskirts of the city of Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire.  A cultural adventure that includes visiting the UNESCO world heritage site, Machu Picchu, ancient capital of the Incas, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, and Arequipa.

Local Host Institution:  Casa del Aguila, a Christian non-denominational institution that runs an orphanage, a primary and secondary school, a small farm, and a hostel.  A quasi “self-sustaining” organization.

Service Activities:  A variety of opportunities such as:

  • classroom activities (teaching English/other languages)
  • games, sports (during recess, after school, weekends)
  • work in an avocado farm
  • kitchen help in food preparation, serving, clearing up and washing up dishes. 

Besides the above options, there is room for student creativity to do something that they consider important, necessary or plain fun.

Cultural/Adventure:  Machu Picchu, Cuzco city tour, Valle Sagrado hikes, Arequipa, Colonial Lima tour.

Includes: Return flight London Gatwick, Lima, Cuzco, Arequipa, Peru

  • Food and lodging
  • Local transportation
  • Guided tours of:  Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Arequipa, and Lima

Minimum 6 students, maximum 14 students

Dates of Travel: 
Sunday, 25 March – Saturday, 7 April 2018

Trip Price: GBP 3,500

To learn more about the Peru trip, please  get in contact with Mrs. Judy Aguais.

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Synergy TASIS Sinergía Trip to Puerto Rico

Synergy TASIS Sinergía Trip

TASIS Sinergía is a collaborative service project of the TASIS schools. It will run at each school with fund raising and educational activities during the year and will be enriched by a trip to Puerto Rico, where students from the TASIS schools will unite to work on environmental and social projects.

The leatherback turtles travel thousands of miles to lay their eggs on the beaches, and students will have the opportunity to watch this very unique nesting process. Our students will help with the restoration of the endangered coral reef carried out by the hard work of dedicated environmentalists. Students participating in this project must be strong swimmers, but do not need to have diving experience.

The social projects support the Los Naranjos community. There is a community garden, including hydroponic cultures and a water harvesting feature, a playground with equipment that needs some loving attention, a community centre where a multitude of activities are offered, and tutoring to help the academic development of children and adults of the Los Naranjos community alike.

A derelict school building adjacent to the Community Centre in Los Naranjos is to be rebuilt in an energy self-sufficient way to provide teaching and learning spaces for future learning activities. To this end, the first project is to raise the funds to fix the roof and to purchase the first solar panel.

Hiking in the rainforest and the mangrove, and a visit to the historical sites in San Juan are a few more activities of the trip planned.

Dates of Travel: Sunday, 25 March - Friday, 6 April 2018

Trip Price: GBP 2,750

To learn more about the Synergy TASIS Sinergía trip, please get in contact with Dr. Ayse Yavuz Ulker.

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