students experience Week Without Walls
At European International School Ho Chi Minh City (EIS), learning and personal growth continue long after the day’s lessons have ended. We aim to provide our students with opportunities to develop their natural talents, build confidence, practice a healthy lifestyle and expand their world view.
Week Without Walls is an experiential learning programme that takes students out of the classroom and challenges them to apply their knowledge and skills to real life situations.
First and foremost, it is an opportunity to cement friendships, make new ones, and have a common experience together with faculty and staff that will be built upon for the rest of the school year. Seeing their friends and teachers in a different environment is always an eye-opener and a bonding experience. Students will learn about the culture and region of the place they are visiting. Even our Vietnamese students traveling within Vietnam will get some new and important glimpses into the communities they visit. The service element of our trips encourage and promote our values about caring for others. For all our young people, this is experience away from home as they move from dependence to interdependence, and from interdependence to independence from their parents and families. Finally, the physical and sometimes emotional challenge can be a huge learning point and one that can only really be accomplished in the countryside.
Week Without Walls encourage students to extend learning beyond their usual classroom environments, by connecting with their units of work in the context of real world situations. As such, the trips are designed to promote group learning and provide students with personal challenges to their existing physical and social levels of development.
The benefits of these trips are endless and provide many memories for the staff and children for many years. Every year, there is a buzz of excitement around the school when we get close to WWW!
In recent years, students have travelled as far afield as Indonesia and Thailand, while others take place locally in Vietnam.
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When we moved to Vietnam from Australia, our daughter had been at a small, child centred school and it was important to find a good fit. The European International School was perfect with its warm, friendly village feel. As Sage was still young, seven at the time, a nurturing, creative and inclusive environment was essential to her well being. We found this at EIS and it has continued to be so, Sage is now in her fourth year. The Primary Years Program was also a big drawcard for us as it is an internationally available program that Sage can continue on with when we move home. Parent involvement is encouraged, whether it be as a class parent representative, member of the Parents Council, community events or in the classroom. We have always found our ideas, concerns and opinions can be voiced and heard. I love that Sage has had the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures both through fellow students, teachers and also learning a second language. Although the facilities are limited at EIS, Sage has been able to join the choir and swim team which has competed internationally. The size of the school really allows opportunities for students which they may otherwise not have and is continually looking for ways to involve students, parents and teachers in school life.
Stevenson Family – From Australia
Nagasaki Family – From Japan
We are Max (6), Jonas (9), Maren and Daniel. Coming from Germany we were looking for a school that
offers both – German and English classes as well as an international environment with pupils from all
over the world to socialize with. EIS was our choice! EIS offers our kids a learning environment full of
life, activities and encouragement. Class sizes are limited and the IB curriculum supports our kid’s school
careers in a smooth but also demanding and performance driven way. Max and Jonas enjoy the broad
offer of after school activities and the possibility to explore different subjects in a playful and supportive
environment. The big number of opportunities and events organized by the school to involve parents in
the school community complement the positive impression we have gained from EIS throughout the past
Kernbach Family – From Germany