Week Without Walls 2016-17

UAS is proud to offer some fantastic trips for 2016-2017 Week Without Walls!

Middle School Options

This year grade 6-8 teachers have worked hard to create trip itineraries that fit the curriculum for each grade level. Each grade will offer an international option, a UAE camp option and a local Dubai option.  The international options for each grade level are below.

Grade 6-Cyprus
Grade 7-Sri Lanka
Grade 8-Kenya

Parent information meetings are being planned for the week of September 25-29, 2016. More details will follow in the next couple of days. Please subscribe to this page to receive updates directly to your email.

Grade 9/10 Service and Leadership Trips

The tangible power of experiential education is evident on curriculum, leadership and service trips. Students have an incredible opportunity to be actively and closely involved with other countries whose residents are not as fortunate as ours along with gaining firsthand experience of content taught within the classroom.

UAS offers education outside the classroom to foster fully developed individuals – the students that have been involved in our International Curriculum, Leadership and Service Projects are proof that they work.

Leadership Opportunities

A number of our trips provide leadership opportunities for the participants. Each day the team responsibilities rotate – students each take turns at the role of assistant leader, before assuming the group leader role the following day. In addition they are required to be part of the finance team, the cooking team, the environmental team as well as being responsible for organizing group accommodation and transport. These are tasks that test even the most self-assured student.

Students who were part of our Service and Leadership trips, since 2009, have developed significantly; they are, by one parent’s admission, ‘better people’ and ‘simply more aware, in every sense of the word.’

2016-2017 Grade 9/10 International Options

US Space Camp
Germany
London
Spain
Morocco
Laos
Switzerland

2016-2017 Grade 9/10 UAE/Dubai Options

RAK Camp (Modeled after The Amazing Race)
AL Boom Scuba Diving
SCAFA Cooking School
Al Badia Golf Camp

This academic year will see all of our trips most of our experiential trips into one week of the school year; February 12th – 15th. Normal classes do not operate for grades 6-12 during this time. All students are expected to participate in some capacity. Grade 12 students will be taking their Mock Exams during this week.

Parent information meetings are being planned for the week of September 25-29, 2016. More details will follow in the next couple of days. Please subscribe to this page to receive updates directly to your email.

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2015-16 Trips

Cyprus

Χαιρετίσματα από Κύπρος ! (Greetings from Cyprus!)

Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean, has rich, turbulent history stretching back to antiquity. Known for its beaches, it has a rugged interior with wine-growing regions. It’s separated into a Greek south and Turkish north, with the capital Nicosia also divided. Coastal Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-adorned villas.  Students will enjoy a tour of Limassol, visit the Mosaic’s at the House of Dionysos, take Greek dancing lessons, and visit the Troodos Environmental Centre.

Italy

Ciao da Italia! (Hello from Italy!)

Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. While in Rome, students will enjoy a tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Museum and Foro Romano then head to the Baths of Caracalla.  Next, students will participate in a walking tour of Rome and visit the Pantheon and Navona Square. Later, students will take part in a pizza making demonstration. Next students will visit Ostia, a large neighborhood located on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Finally, students will have a few hours in Rome on the morning of departure before heading back to Dubai.

London

Good day from London!

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. Students begin their adventure with a Royal Shakespeare Company Tour. A bird’s eye view of London via a turn on the London Eye will be followed by a theatre performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The fun continues with a theatre master class, a trip to the London Dungeons and a theatre performance of Wicked. Students will then be treated to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour to be followed up with a performance of Les Miserables in Queens Theatre. Also on the itinerary is a BBC studios tour, a visit to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the Jack the Ripper walking tour. On the final day, students will have a few hours of free time before boarding their return flight to Dubai.

Spain

Hola de España ! (Hello from Spain!)

Spain, on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, is really 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. The capital, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and singular Prado museum, housing works by European masters, and Segovia to the north has a fairy-tale medieval castle and Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s quirky modernist architecture, including the Sagrada Família basilica. Students will visit Barcelona, Cordoba and Madrid while in Spain.  Sites students will experience include Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Las Ramblas, a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Students will travel by coach for a day trip to Seville where they will visit Alcazar Palace, Giralda Tower and Seville Cathedral.  Then it is on to Granada where students will be enchanted by Alhambra Palace. Students will also be able to take part in flamenco lessons before their trip takes them to Madrid. After a guided walking tour of Madrid, students will have time to take in Palacio Real and Gallery before dinner at a Flamenco show. The final day in Spain includes Museo del Prado and free time before being transferred to the airport for the flight home.

Tanzania

Habari kutoka Tanzania! (Hello from Tanzania!)

Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Students will arrive in Dar es Salaam to begin their once in a lifetime adventure. After becoming accustomed to their surroundings and preparing for the journey ahead students will head to Msosa to prepare for their trek by receiving a cooking preparation course. Afterwards students will partake in a two day trek through the Baobab Valley, experiencing traditional Tanzanian landscapes and waterfalls, caves and local villages.  The next stop is the project site at Msosa Primary School to work with the children and local community. Students’ hard earned fundraising money will be put to good use to help repair current facilities, build new classroom or to purchase much needed educational supplies. After their hard work has been completed, students will experience a safari and a chance to see East Africa’s impressive wildlife in Mikumi National Park.