Week Without Walls

Grade 5 students rock climbing in Ras Al Khaimah.

Immersed in Experiential Learning!

Beginning in 5th grade, students have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom in an exciting experience that is part adventure, part education. These amazing outside-the-classroom experiences take place as part of our Week Without Walls programme. Students spread their wings beyond the confines of the school to have a new and exciting experience with their peers.

A Week Without Walls gives our students real opportunities to build strong and positive friendships and helps them to develop team building and leadership skills. They travel to locations outside the school, experience unfamiliar cultures, and participate in activity-based learning that includes community service. Students develop lifelong skills on these mini-adventures. They become more confident, resourceful, creative, caring, responsible and thoughtful members of the international community, prepared to contribute in meaningful ways toward improving society, both locally and internationally.

With the support of each other, students and teachers go beyond the walls of school to learn, grow and serve together.

Grade 5 and Grade 6 students will go on a learning adventure to the Hajar Mountains in the natural landscape of Ras Al Khaimah. This three-day excursion is full of great experiences where students learn more about UAE culture, specifically the Al Habsi tribe, plant trees, participate in water clean-ups, and experience wilderness survival training, beginner rock climbing, kayaking and mountain trekking.

Grade 7 will go on a 6-day trip to Nepal where they will learn about the environmental, social and economic needs of the Nepalese people. Students will be trekking on the first half of this trip, enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Himalayan Mountains and the awesome wildlife. Then, students will volunteer at a local school where they will teach lessons and run games with the children.

Grades 8 - 10 will go on a 7-day trip to Kenya. This trip has multiple service adventures on multiple days, including Elephant deterrent fence and livestock deworming, experience an eco walk and bush adventure up the hills of Marungu, spend time with Tumaini women’s group, work at a primary school and go on a game safari in Tsavo East National Park. Students will learn about the beauty of Kenya and its people, and the struggles they face. Prior to departing, our students will design and build solar reading lights and give them to schoolchildren in Kenya.

Student teaching the alphabet letter C with a flashcard.

All of our trips are well-chaperoned by Fairgreen staff. We work with only the most reputable and vetted companies to arrange trip accommodations and logistics. Each year, in the fall, we present the Week Without Walls trips to parents so that they can feel comfortable and excited about these experiences for their children. A Week Without Walls is not a week without school - attendance in activities linked to a Week Without Walls is mandatory for all students. For students who do not attend the trips, local activities are scheduled.