Exploring Nature: The Week Without Walls Canoe Trip in Austria

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Written by Jasmine, Grade 11

At ISP, we believe that learning extends far beyond the classroom walls. During this year’s Week Without Walls trips, a group of students had the opportunity to travel to Austria and explore the country’s natural beauty through canoeing, providing not only enriching experiences but also developing essential life skills.

The Week Without Walls programme is a unique chance for students to step out of their comfort zones and immerse themselves in new and challenging environments.  The Week Without Walls canoe trip was not just about enjoying the serene landscapes; it also challenged students both physically and mentally.

“For my Week Without Walls trip, I travelled to Austria to Canoe and Raft in the Salza and Enns rivers. I had so much fun and really enjoyed overcoming new challenges and learning how to Canoe in many conditions with my friends. We also did some canyoning, caving, and hiking activities, ending in beautiful views and wonderful moments. Overall, it was so much fun to explore Austria and learn about the environment and history of all the places we visited.”

Zoe, Grade 12

One of the most remarkable aspects of the WWW programme is the strong sense of community and friendship that develops among the group.

“Students developed their canoeing competencies as we navigated class 2 and 3 rapids together. Working across grade levels allowed students to not only improve their social and communication skills but to appreciate the different strengths and abilities of everyone on the team.”

Matt Eames,  MYP Learning Coach

Experiences like the WWW canoe trip are integral to ISP’s commitment to providing a well-rounded education. These adventures not only enrich students’ lives but enhance the overall learning environment back on campus.