School Trips – Born to be wild
Immersion in nature and the english language
Away from their everyday routines and actively involved in taking care of their essential needs, your students joyfully meet the challenges of getting in touch with nature. In addition to that we teach and organize the camplife in English and encourage the continuos use of the English language by reminding the students gently: ‚in English, please!‘
The reduction to essentials and the direct contact with nature and the elements allows the students to become more self-reliant and discover potentials they never knew they had. Prejudice and social roles recede into background and make room for mutual respect and community.
Besides giving the students an opportunity to practise their language skills, the full immersion in a new language seems to make it easier for them to open up for other new experiences whether it may be learning how to carve a spoon, diving head first into wet leaves, or having fun taking the leftovers to the chickens.
The Tipicamp is designed for outdoor learning, a beautiful primitive camp is combined with a seminar-barn that provides a warm and dry shelter during bad weather.
We share the place with chicken, geese, sheep and the neighbor’s cat. Sometimes even a stork or some deer can be seen… There are several firesites, blocks for woodchopping, lots of space to run arround, a garden where food can be harvested, a little forest nearby and ponds full of frogs, who may serenade us during the summer months. Under a large roofed area there is room to work in rainy weather, to cook and have meals. The children sleep in tipis or tents, or maybe even build a shelter for staying a night in the forest. The teachers can sleep in a caravan. In the barn there is a kitchen with a woodstove for heating and cooking, a group room, toilets and showers (one wheelchair accessible) and a room for teachers or instructors.
Our Wilderness Mentors guide the class through camplife and know many fun ways to introduce plant knowledge, animal tracking, awareness games, primitive fire making. They have a keen eye on the safety of the group. Aware of the changing needs of the group they sense whether it’s time for physical action or a quiet story at the campfire, whether to gently push the students into new experiences or give them cookies and a break.
Feel free to contact us with your questions.
Björg Dewert, Amanda Killen and Suse Hick