“The Uruguayan American School is a multicultural, academically challenging learning community that prepares students to be responsible global citizens and lifelong learners through U.S.,international and Uruguayan curricula” [from the UAS Mission Statement]
To fulfill its mission UAS provides students with experiential learning opportunities that complement classroom-based academics. While these experiences may not necessarily be purely academic in nature, they act as a doorway to new ways of thinking, exposing students to life-changing new ideas and interests.
Each trip also helps students become better reflective thinkers, learn how to deal with adversity in various forms, feel part of a larger community, and understand the importance of a sustained effort.
Finally, since the trips are organized by grade levels, the group becomes more united and new friendships are cemented through this powerful, shared learning experience.
In preparation for the high school Outdoor Education Experience program, Grade 5 and Middle School students also travel to national parks and nature centers.