We believe learning opportunities should extend well beyond the school gates and offer a variety of grade-level and activity-based expeditions to locations near and far.
YIS expeditions are an integral part of the curriculum that focus on skills development through wilderness and adventurous experiences. Along with developing camp craft and outdoor journeying skills, students develop an understanding of how groups and individuals can effectively operate in challenging situations. YIS expeditions also include rich cultural exploration, environmental appreciation and service learning opportunities that tie in with learning that takes place in the classroom. The whole school program has been designed to facilitate growth and challenge across the year levels, with experiences that are age appropriate, rigorous and stimulating.
Gotemba: The Grade 4 students, based in the Gotemba YMCA Tozanso International Youth Centre inquire into the connections that humans have with nature and the connections within nature. The students experience different hikes, including a river stream, the Mt Fuji area, and a night walk, exploring the different ways organisms rely on each other. In the process, students are challenged and engaged in group dynamic activities, learning the benefits and intricacies of working within small groups.
Chichibu: Inspired by their unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet, where they explore peaceful ways to resolve conflict, students spend four days away together participating in collaborative experiences. They explore the power of words, reason, empathy and compromise in solving conflict in a healthy and productive way. Over the course of the camp they cook meals, plan camp nights and participate in adventure and learning challenges to practice their developed skills.
Norikura, Nagano - Action-packed adventure at Northstar Adventure Lodge includes the personal challenges of a climbing wall, mountain biking on world-class trails, a ropes course and hike to a spectacular waterfall in magnificent scenery beneath a 3000m mountain. Students also participate in some community service activities in the village and surrounding area.
Minakami, Gunma - Canyons Minakami live up to their motto of "Refresh your mind, body & soul" with multi-activity adventures based in the mountains and rivers of Minakami in Gunma Prefecture. Canyoning, rafting, hiking, mountain biking and canoeing offer different perspectives and challenges in nature's playground.
Phuket, Thailand - Students travel to the island of Phuket, where they stay at the British International School boarding facilities. They are involved in marine biology activities such as replanting of mangrove forests and rehabilitation of coral reefs, as well as service opportunities at a Burmese refugee camp.
Niigata: Set in the wonderful mountain scenery of Niigata, students will learn camp-craft, map reading and enjoy such adventurous activities as abseiling and climbing. The Niigata Expedition, developed by the outdoor education company English Adventure in conjunction with YIS, is designed to further extend the students' skills and knowledge of outdoor expeditions, allowing the them to inquire into the concepts of leadership and risk. Students will journey together in small groups throughout the week, working through adventurous and group challenges. The experience will culminate in an overnight hike in the Tsunan area, where students will apply self-reliance and leadership in challenging situations.
Hiroshima: Students visit the city and its Peace Park, a place that should inspire the world to achieve peace. Experiences include hearing first-hand accounts of that fateful day from survivors' personal experience. Students also spend time hiking on Miyajima, a nearby island doing, and visit Himeji Castle (the "White Heron" 17th Century wooden castle is a World Herritage Site)
Takayama: Three communities buried deep in mountain country are visited. Takayama has been an administrative center for many centuries and is of world fame for its priceless floats of gold. Hida Furukawa was famous nationwide for its carpenters, with the tradesmen working on imperial palaces in lieu of taxes. Shirakawa, with its 63 steeply thatched houses, was isolated for centuries during the winter, but now, with World Heritage status, is a top tourist destination.