A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
– Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr.
Experiential Education is a holistic approach to learning where an individual is exposed to new activities, cultures, ideas, and environments. To harness full learning potential, experiential education utilizes reflection as a means for an individual to solidify their unique experience.
NIST X, NIST’S Experiential Education Programme, was launched in 2017 to enhance learning opportunities outside of the classroom at NIST through sequential and intentional learning experiences from Year 1-13 with thematic objectives and continuity across year levels in the form of school wide expeditions, field and service overnight and day trips.
In line with NIST vision, values, and mission we developed beliefs around experiential education.
trips should appropriately challenge and push students out of their comfort zone
nature should be experienced and appreciated and that students should have hands on learning experiences outside of an urban setting
skills and knowledge are built through self-discovery and real world context
students should be exposed to and engage with local cultures
in a caring community where students have time and space to build relationships and create meaningful connections within and outside NIST
- Personal Growth
Inspire and empower students to actively engage in the development of self, identity, and to realise their full potential.
- Community Building
Explore understanding of community, and how they form and function, as well as develop awareness of communities they are part of, and the world at large as passionate and positive global citizens
- Connection to Nature
Provide opportunities to connect with nature, instil passion for the outdoors, care for our planet and its natural resources, as well as awareness of how our daily lives impact nature
- Cultural Engagement
Develop curiosity, empathy and explore the many local cultures of Thailand and Asia at large
Types of Trips
NIST CORE: Trips that are mandatory such as action week or curricular. NIST CORE trips are divided into expeditions and field trips.
- Xpeditions are the trips that are part of the NIST X curriculum and have a sequential and intentional learning experiences from Year 1-13 with thematic objectives and continuity across year levels.
- Field Trips are trips that have a strong connection to what students are learning in their classrooms. These trips are usually proposed by teachers.
NIST PLUS: Trips that give students opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, develop skills and explore the outdoors.
NIST SERVICE: Trips to support actions for the NIST Service groups.
SPORTS TRIPS: Trips organized by the sports department where students get the opportunity to engage in structured competition and collaboration with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.
What Happens on Experiential Trips?
Students from Years 4 to 13 have the opportunity to take part in overnight trips that progressively become longer as students advance. From short, overnight camps to the extended Action Week excursions, these trips tie directly into the NIST curriculum and also aid in the development of key skills such as leadership, healthy risk-taking and teamwork. Take an in-depth look at one of the Action Week trips for Year 10:
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The International Award empowers young people, ages 14 to 24, to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, by exploring their potential, taking on new challenges, giving back to their community, and achieving success. It provides the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways.
The Award is comprised of three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and four sections (Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey). Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award.
In fall 2018, NIST will be introducing the Bronze level of the award.