A Community and Service (C&S) field trip encourages students to learn more about the world and its people. It is one of the most important practices of an IB schools to help students become responsible and active members of the communities in which they live. These trips provide a counterbalance to the academic pressure students feel in a classroom. They learn about new environments and people. The interactions and exchange of thoughts with people provide students deep insight into different cultures. They learn to contribute to society so that are remembered forever. In the process, they realize the significance of lending a hand and leaving a positive impact on others lives. Thus the students develop a respect, tolerance and acceptance for people from different cultural, religious and economic groups. This helps students to become citizens of the world. They take interest in global issues and are able to spread awareness about them, find ways to tackle them. What else one can expect when students display a commitment to international understanding. Additionally, it provides the students an opportunity to learn about themselves and their peers which ultimately helps them develop socially and emotionally in a way which is not always possible in a traditional classroom.
Let us see what the students have to say in the following lines:
We, the students of grades six to nine went on an educational and inter-cultural excursion to Mysore on 29th September. The main focus of this educational tour was Inter Cultural Awareness! The highlight of the trip was our visit to the Tibetan Camp! At the camp, we interacted with the Tibetan Community. We
learned what made them move to India and how they have adapted their lifestyles to the new surroundings while still following their own traditions. We reflected upon our lifestyles while we interacted with them. At the end of day, we agreed that both Indians and Tibetans are very religious. We also played football and basketball matches with the students of the Tibetan School. We the RBKIA MYP students contributed Rs 5030/- towards the maintenance of the Tibetan Community hall.
The sightseeing tour to Chamundi Hills, Mysore Palace, Golden Temple and zoo made us inquirers-we learnt a lot from the history and geography of these places. On the whole, this educational tour was well balanced with a lot of fun as well as activities that made us knowledgeable. We learned how to appreciate people from other communities. Also, this tour enabled us to remain principled and to share and care for each other.
Thank you teachers for all your patience and guidance.
|RNKIA students observing the TCV School kitchen|