Week Without Walls 2015 Destinations

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Freshman Trip

Salto del Penitente

Five days in a privileged place in Uruguay. With beautiful landscapes and lots of adventure options the Salto del Penitente offers the students the possibility of living an original and unique experience. Trained rangers will give a strong component of environmental education; the group will stay in tents, and will have to work for the everyday needs such as cooking, collecting wood, etc. Trekking, orientation activities, local fauna species recognition, backpacking camping are also part of their plan.

Link to trip details

Focus: 1) Environmental Education 2) Leadership Skills 3) Lifetime Skills

Link: www.saltodelpenitente.com

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In Uruguay Options (10th, 11th and 12th)

Community Service Project at “Hogar Bancario” and “Maruja Stirling AUPI”, Montevideo

These projects have a strong community service component. The buildings are old and need a lot of repair. Students will do painting and helping with minor repairs. Another important aspect of this project is the cultural exchange. Sharing ways of life, customs and traditions, and learning from each other are key elements of this trip. Also, as English speakers, UAS students will have the chance to help the Hogar children learn basic English words and phrases. This can be a great opportunity to continue NHS’s work with these organizations during the whole year.

Dates and timing: October 12th to 16th, 4 hours a day (during school time)
Focus: 1) Community Service 2) Leadership Skills 3) Cultural Awareness
Minimum Attendance: 8 students
Estimated Cost: $(Uruguayan Pesos) 2.000

Link: El Pais article about Hogar Bancario

A Google Slides presentation of pictures from last year’s trip can be found here.

Windsurf and Kayak Clinic at “Club Náutico”, Montevideo

The main objective of the program is to teach students to navigate independently as a windsurfer in good weather. Windsurfing involves knowledge of:
- Land and water safety
- Basic maneuvers (tacking and jibing)
- Basic sailing knots
- Reading the wind direction and strength

This year the clinic will add some Kayak experience and instruction.
This intensive clinic will cover a total of 20 practice hours in 5 days.
The course includes the use of one neoprene suit for every student.

Dates and timing: October 12th to 16th, 4 hours a day (during school time)
Focus: 1) Lifetime Skills 2) Environmental Education
Minimum Attendance: 10 students
Estimated Cost: $(Uruguayan Pesos) 12.000

Link to the Club Nautico website

A Google Slides presentation from the Windsurfing Clinic, including pictures from last year’s lessons, can be found here.

Environmental Project at “Indigena”, Solis

This project will involve deep learning about local fauna, especially capybaras, a protected native species. Some of the activities will be: control of exotic plants, working in the vivarium, census of various species, capture and management of capybaras for study and controls, night observation of the species.
Experts on fauna from “Indigena” will be in charge of this project while staff from the “Ibirapitá” organization will be in charge of recreational activities during the rest of the days.
Daily activities will include 4 hours working in the reserve; and recreational activities such as paintball, beach activities, black theatre workshops, and archery practice.

Students will stay at Hosteria Bella Vista and will have transport to Indigena everyday (15 min aprox.)

Dates and timing: October 12th to 16th, leaving early on Monday and returning on Friday afternoon.
Focus: 1) Environmental Education 2) Lifetime Skills
Minimum Attendance: 12 students
Estimated Cost: USD300

http://www.areaindigena.com/
http://www.ibirapita.com.uy/
http://www.hosteriabellavista.com.uy/

A Google Slides presentation from the folks at Indigena can be found here.

Out of Uruguay Options

Camps International, Camp Kuri Kuchu, Ecuador:

5 days working within the community in the foothills of Ecuador’s Paramo – 3,000m, day trip to Otavalo – the largest craft market in the southern hemisphere –including a visit to the sacred waterfall of Peguche. Includes 1 night in Otavalo.

Camp Kuri Kuchu (Golden Corner) is surrounded by mountains, rolling hills and green pastures. In the distance you can see the magnificent Cayambe, one of the volcanoes that make up the Andes in Ecuador. Work is based on on-going community projects that center on sustainability and community development.

Dates: 5 days + flights

Focus: 1) Cultural Awareness 2) Community Service 3) Environmental Education 4) Lifetime Skills
Minimum Attendance: 10 students
Estimated Cost: USD 1250

http://www.campsinternational.com/

A Google Slides presentation from Camps International on their Ecuador Camp can be found here.

Camps International, Camp Moray, Perú

5 days working within the community in the heart of the Sacred Valley, tour of the Sacred Valley and an opportunity to discover the stunning historical colonial city of Cusco. Includes 1 night in Cusco. The camp lies in the heart of the Sacred Valley not far from the impressive Inca site of Moray.

Highlights:
• Living in the heart of the magnificent Sacred Valley
• Working on sustainable projects in a welcoming community.
• Visiting the archeological site of Moray
• Tour of the greater Sacred Valley
• Spending time in beautiful Cusco

Dates: 5 days + flights
Focus: 1) Cultural Awareness 2) Community Service 3) Environmental Education 4) Lifetime Skills
Minimum Attendance: 10 students
Estimated Cost: USD 1200

http://www.campsinternational.com/

A Google Slides presentation from Camps International about the trip can be found here.

Fase2 – South Mendoza, Argentina

This trip offers a cultural exchange with students from “BARRANCAS DEL PARANA” RURAL SCHOOL, Rama Caída. After working with the kids the group will have different trips such as: a visit to Archeological site «Gruta de las Tinajas» to see ancient rock paintings, walking through wild rocky countryside, while having a workshop about first aid in mountains; the opportunity to visit an observatory to study the stunning sky in Mendoza with Dr. Jaime García from Instituto Copérnico, who worked for the NASA; visiting different dams where important amounts of energy are generated, including boat trips along “Cañon del Atuel” River. Also, enjoy the following recreational activities: Rafting in the Atuel River, canopying on tree- tops, ropes activities, zip lines, rappel and climbing – all of them carried out with maximum security controlled by professionals.

Focus: 1) Cultural Awareness 2) Community Service 3) Lifetime Skills
Minimum attendance 15 students
Dates: 4 days 6 nights, 11th to 16th
Estimated Cost: USD1100

http://www.fase2.tur.ar/
http://www.parquelastinajas.com/pinturas.html
http://www.bosqueeuca.com/

A Google Slides presentation about the trip can be found here.

NOLS Wilderness Expedition Curriculum – Brasil

This is a field-based program in the coastal mountains of the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil. The focus of this course is an intensive leadership practicum in the context of wilderness travel. Students will develop outdoor living skills, including minimum impact camping techniques from the international Leave No Trace Program. As students develop their technical skills in map reading, route finding, decision-making and risk management, they take on increasing responsibility for the expedition.

Focus: 1) Environmental Education 2) Lifetime Skills
Minimum Attendance: 8 students
Dates: 12th to 16th + flights
Estimated Cost: USD1700

http://www.nols.edu/
http://www.icmbio.gov.br/parnasaojoaquim/

A Google Slides presentation from NOLS about this trip can be found here.

 
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