EXPLORE, DREAM, EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER. Adventure Trips Take a trip on the wild side and see...
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At ISB, we believe that learning has no boundaries. It can happen anytime, anywhere. ISB OUTDOORS is an exciting programme of outdoor activities, open to all ISB Middle and High School students.
Through Adventure Trips and the International Award Programme, our mission is to: . encourage a sense of adventure and discovery. teach wilderness and sports skills plus safe judgment . promote appreciation and respect for the environment . develop self-reliance, empathy, perseverance, teamwork and leadership
EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER
Adventure Trips Take a trip on the wild side and see amazing sunsets, push your limits, discover new cultures, be engaged in service projects and make new friends.
Where do we travel to? Our recent trips include biking in Morocco, hiking in Corsica, horse riding in Portugal, scuba diving in the Red Sea, a wildlife and service trip in Tanzania, diving in Egypt, skiing in Austria, Switzerland or France, as well as adventure weekends in the Ardennes.
How large are our trips? Student numbers on a trip varies from 10 students on a biking trip to 32 students on a Ski Trip.
How are the trips supervised? Trip Leaders, instructors and chaperones are ISB Faculty and Staff with experience in the discipline. If not, additional, qualified personnel accompany the trip. The ratio of teachers to students varies from 1/5 to 1/10, depending upon the location and nature of the activity.
Who pays for the trips? Students pay 100% of the cost of the trip.
What about CAS Credits? High School students can earn Creativity, Action and Service credits by participating in any of our outdoor trips
When do trips take place? Below is a typical schedule of trips taking place during the school year.
“The Morroco biking trip was one of the best weeks of my life. It opened my eyes to a completely new
world and culture, through great food, incredible people and beautiful landscapes. The friends
I made and the experience as a whole, is one I will never forget. Truly, a trip for anyone and everyone.”
Grade/Season FALL WINTER SPRING
7 Adventure Weekend MS Ski trip Adventure Weekend
9 Outdoor trip Outdoor trip
10 (Biking, Hiking, etc.) (Biking, Hiking, etc.)
11 HS Ski trip
The International Award, known in some countries as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, is an exciting self-development programme, available to all young people, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world. Each year at ISB there are more than 80 students involved in various stages of the Award programme from grades 9 to 12.
The International Award itself comprises four sections : Service, Skills, Recreation and the Adventurous Journey. The Adventurous Journey is under the direct supervision of ISB Outdoors. Typically, this event is a 2-4 day independent self-sufficient hiking expedition. In workshops, students learn camp craft, route planning, navigation, first aid and team building, engage in practice expeditions, before tackling the final expedition.
How are trips supervised? Instructors are ISB teachers with navigation, camping, hiking and first aid experience.
Who pays for the trips? Students pay 75% of the transport fees and 100% of all other costs.
What about CAS Credits? High School students can earn Creativity, Action and Service credits by participating in the International Award Programme.
Are there different Award levels? Yes. The Award has 3 levels of participation : Bronze (14+ years), Silver (15+ years) and Gold (16+ years), each with increasing levels of challenge and commitment.
Award Service, Skills and Adventurous Level Recreation Activities Journey
Bronze 3 - 6 months per activity 2 days + 1 night
Silver 6 - 12 months per activity 3 days + 2 nights
Gold 12 -18 months per activity, plus a residential project 4 days + 3 nights
“The International Award is a great experience. It blends aspects of community service and creativity,
all mixed in with the great physical rigor of the expedition that makes the award extremely
worthwhile. Although it was difficult at times, looking back, I am glad I did it.”
The International Award Programme
ISB TheINTERNATIONAL SCHOOL of BRUSSELS
We live in a world of limited resources and increasing demand. Becoming an international citizen is about understanding the environmental impact of decisions we make, and the responsibility this understanding brings.
It is for this reason that all school publications are printed using vegetal ink on FSC (products from controlled sources, managed forests, recycled wood or fibre) or 100% recycled papers.
Our values Safety Safety comes first for both students and staff. Whilst risk is a part of any outdoor adventure, we make every effort to anticipate and prevent accidents.
Adventure and discovery Taking on new challenges and exploring new environments are key components of the programme.
Wilderness skills A variety of outdoors skills and activities will be taught by teachers experienced in the field.
Understand and respect our world Our trips are driven by the Leave No Trace environmental responsi- bility. We promote respect and understanding of different cultures. We support service projects.
Character development The programme encourages development of self-reliance, perse- verance empathy, teamwork and leadership.
“ Exhilarating hiking trips among friends, with the backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in Belgium, around the Semois and Ourthe Valleys, are the high points of the programme and a thoroughly enjoyable way of earning this unique Award.”
“ I have never seen such beautiful landscapes in Belgium and shed so many positive & negative
tears in my life before taking part in International Award. International Award was an experience
I will cherish for all my life.” (ISB Student)
For further information
For more information on any aspect of the Adventure Trips or the International Award, please contact the ISB OUTDOORS Programme Coordinators:
Christian Noyon (email@example.com) or Sue Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org)