Experiential Learning

Community Service Activities 

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.'

This academic year will see most of our experiential trips consolidated into one week of the school year; February 20th – 27th. Normal classes do not operate for grades 7-10 during this time. All students are expected to participate in some capacity. Please see the details on the right for the trips offered to each grade level.

Week Without Walls (2014-2015 calendar year)

  • Grade 7 Umm Al Quwain adventure camp
  • Grade 7 Classics trip to Italy
  • Grade 7-9 Scuba Diving course
  • Grade 7-9 Theatre Workshop
  • Grade 7-9 Elementary Helper training program
  • Grade 7-9 Photo Focus workshop
  • Grade 8 RAK adventure camp
  • Grade 8 and 9 Language/History/Art trip to France
  • Grade 9 Arabic Traders adventure camp
  • Grade 8-10 Ski trip to Austria
  • Grade 10 Theatre and Literature trip to London
  • Grade 10 Adventure and Service trip to Tanzania

Experiential trips outside of Week Without Walls:

  • Grade 11 Leadership and Service trip to Romania (17th June – 3rd July, 2015)
  • Grade 12 Leadership and Service trip to Cambodia (3rd – 10th October, 2014)

    Department Contact

              Linda Honigford   
Experiential Education Coordinator

  • Universal American School
  • P.O. Box 79133, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • +971 4 232 5222
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