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REAL EDUCATION THROUGH TRAVEL PROGRAMS

Children learn best when they are happy and have choices that is directly meaningful to them. The idea that children should be responsible for their own learning is the thesis that runs through the philosophy of "Real Education through Travel Programs" (RETP). Children come into the world intensely motivated to learn about the physical, social, and cultural world around them. To make them experience this real world, it is important that they are provided opportunities & individual challenges which are balanced, non-competitive programs of voluntary activities. Programs which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community through such travel programs.

Set in wilderness & remote locations, our school travel programs use adventure activities to create a new and engaging environment for students where they can explore new ideas, new attitudes and learn by doing themselves.

"Real Education through Travel Programs" supports the philosophy of:
CAS PROGRAMS: An integral part of the IB curriculum is the CAS program that requires students to complete a specified number of hours of sports, creative and service activities.
THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. The programs are created so as to match the requirements of the 3 levels of the award - i.e. Bronze, Silver & Gold.

CREATIVITY - is interpreted as imaginatively as possible to cover a wide range of arts and other activities. For example, dance, theatre, music, art, cooking, yoga, learning a language, sculpture, wood carving, photography, painting etc...

SERVICE - involves interaction with individuals or groups within the community. Service should not only focus on doing things for others but also doing things with others and developing a real commitment with them.

Aim:
To learn how to give useful service to others.
• People in the Community - visiting people in need, elderly or disabled, voluntary work in hospitals, first aid, etc.
• Youth Work - acting in a leadership role, assisting in teaching, etc.
• Community Education and Health Education - working with experienced persons to educate the local community on AIDS, etc., teaching a person to read or write, etc.
• Environmental Service - participating in a conservation project, caring for a public place, caring for animals, etc.
• Charity Work - fundraising for a charity, etc.
• Emergency Services - helping an emergency service team, assisting with a local or national disaster operations, etc.

ACTION / ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY -
can include participating in expeditions, sports, and physical activities; it also includes physical activity involved in carrying out creative and service projects. Learning in the outdoors is often faster and understanding deeper. Adventure activities like Ropes course, Rock Climbing, Rappelling offer new opportunities for achievement and learning. This allows students to try new attitudes and to stretch their limits to meet these challenges, mentally as well as physically. As mental barriers dissolve, participants become more open to new ideas and enjoy using their learning in hands-on activities. Unforgettable success experiences make the learning more immediate and practical for students and teachers alike.

Aim: To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
• Exploring the natural world
• Exploring historic land use
• To investigate the evolution or extinction of a language
• Exploring human impact
• To carry out health surveys or health education in remote areas
• To complete a demanding journey
• To investigate group dynamics in challenging conditions

What makes "RETP" for Schools Special?
• Only 20 children per activity group.
• 1: 10 student to Instructor ratio
• Insurance for all participants
• Separate accommodation for boys and girls
• specially assigned women outdoor leader.
• Certified trip leaders from institutes like NIM, WHMI & HMI
• Resident doctor on call
• Standby vehicle for emergencies
• Access to nearby hospital

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
• Since the start, the main objectives have been very strongly supported by:
• The principles of protecting the environment, flora, fauna, landscapes
• Respecting the local cultures, traditions, religions and heritage
• Benefiting the local communities - both economically and socially
• Conserving natural resources - from office to destinations