Outdoor Education at UWC Thailand

We actively promote outdoor education by providing authentic opportunities for our community to bond together as they engage in interdisciplinary experiences, interacting with the world around them.

Education outside the classroom is a strong component of UWCT’s educational programme, and is vital in helping students to make real-world connections and push the boundaries of their experiences.

We are committed to making learning engaging and meaningful for all.  Through experiential education, we purposefully engage in direct inquiry and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, enhance conceptual understanding, develop skills and clarify values.

Expeditions

Alongside a variety of day trips and outdoor learning opportunities, the school organises age-appropriate expeditions for Grades 2-11 (Grade 1 spends a night in the library, which for some is their first night away from home).  During these expeditions, each grade level travels as a group to areas within the surrounding region, in order to face challenges and learn new skills.

Project Week

Project week is an opportunity for Grade 11 students to plan, book, and budget a service-related expedition. Working in small groups, they are responsible for researching, organising and experiencing their own project week. With support from staff, students are empowered to take greater responsibility for themselves, which aids in preparing them for life after their schooling comes to an end.

Chris

Outdoor Education Officer


Education Outside The Classroom

On Campus 

Students enhance their understanding through experiential learning outside the classroom. The school’s campus is spacious and lush with natural beauty, and all students make use of the extensive learning spaces available just on the other side of their classrooms.

Local

The school lies at the foothills of a mountainous national park, and there are many opportunities to observe and learn about the natural environment in action. Phuket’s unusual landscape mix of beaches, plantations and protected forests encourage students to make real-world connections and ask important questions.

Regional

Phuket is a vibrant place full of different nationalities, yet rooted in Thai culture. The school is situated in the north of the island, with Thailand’s mainland only 15 minutes drive away. This level of accessibility enables the community to face exciting challenges and acquire new skills, growing as individuals and bonding together as a team.