Education is much more than lessons in a classroom. The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi ‘s school trips programme extends the curriculum to offer students experiences designed to be fun, challenging, inspiring and ambitious. Living and working with others brings out the best in everyone and, through service projects in China and further afield, our students see how life looks through other people’s eyes. Some of the places students have visited included Pingyao, Xian, Shaolin, Yangshuo, Sanya, Xiamen, Tanzania and Vietnam. Students bond with each other and their teachers, they learn a lot about themselves as they are faced with changeable situations and challenges. It is education that cannot come from books and classroom experiences alone.
Each year, all of BSB Year 12 CAS students participate in our Global Campus Worldwide expedition programme to Tanzania where they engage in helping a local orphanage/ school and the community. For example, in recent years they built goat sheds in the community for underprivileged families so that they could support themselves, built smokeless stoves to lower the chance of family developing respiratory problems, plastered walls and laid bricks to create more classrooms for the children to study in and for teachers’ houses, and taught and played with the children.
Our Year 12 student Sunny Hwang has just returned from this trip having had what she describes as a life-changing experience. It’s an overused phrase but one which applies to almost all students who undertake this expedition. Sunny tells us:
“The fact that I was not used to manual labour was definitely challenging because most of the service work required me to use muscles that I would normally never use. I overcame this challenge by working with my team mates, identifying each others’ strengths and distributing the work load fairly.”
“From this experience, I learnt that even a small action can lead to a change. I also realized that I am an extremely privileged person so I should do anything I can to help those who have less than me. Most of all from this trip, I enhanced my understanding of the 17 United Nations’ sustainable development goals and I became more aware of ways to achieve these aims.
The trip increased my ability of working as a team by teaching me the importance of coordination and communication. It has showed me that working collaboratively can surpass individual limits.”
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