Upper School Overnight Field Trips 2016/17
Model United Nations (MUN) Trip - January 2017
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 five times each week after school from November to January 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.
From 28 January - 4 February, the MUN team, consisting of eighteen students, along with MUN directors Dan Ware and Saralyn Covent, 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.
The price for the MUN trip is GBP 950. To find out more about the MUN program, please get in contact with Mr. Dan Ware.
Hope & Homes Service Trip - February 2017
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 upgradingequipment 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.
Romanian Children's Relief Service Trip - February 2017
Each February break, Ms. Gediman takes between 14 and 15 Upper School students to Bistrita, Romania. 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.
To learn more about the Romanian Children's Relief Service Trip, please get in contact with Ms. Wendy Gediman.
During the February half term week, 11-18 February 2017, 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 is GBP 1,600. This 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. If you have any questions regarding the US ski trip please contact Ms. Gerlinde Wimmer, the Upper School Travel Coordinator.
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Art History Paris Trip - March 2017
This four-day trip to Paris takes place in spring and is open to the AP Art History and the Culture and Values classes. The trip provides an exciting opportunity for students to see first hand the many of the major works of European art and architecture that they have studied throughout the year. Students prepare and deliver presentations on a single work in one of the galleries, gaining valuable public speaking experience.
Over the course of the weekend students visit noteworthy sites that on previous trips have included the Musee d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Picasso Museum, Brancusi Studio, Pompidou Museum of Modern Art, Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral.
To learn more about the AP Art History trip to Paris, please get in contact with Ms. Laura House.
Mallorca Trip 20-23 April 2017
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.
The Mallorca trip will take place from 20-23 April 2017 and the trip price is GBP 800. To learn more about the Spanish trip to Palma de Mallorca, please get in contact with Ms. Eva Snyders.
Peru Trip: Service, Culture, Adventure - April 2017
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.
Dates: Monday 3 April – Monday 17 April 2017
Cost: £ 3,000 for 14 days
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
To learn more about the Peru trip, please get in contact with Mrs. Judy Aguais.