by Ute Massow
What happens when 154 students from grades 5 to 12 and 27 teachers from the German European School in Manila spend three nights in the dense jungle of Quest Camp near Antipolo, enduring temperatures that feel like 36 degrees, and cope with the absence of mobile phone reception?
The answer is simple: a wonderful experience for all involved!
Cooperation was on the agenda upon arrival at the camp. Younger and older students worked in teams to solve shared tasks and earn house points. It was no surprise that the cohesion between different grade levels was strengthened by the end of the retreat.
Through various activities, different and shared skills were discovered, utilized, and trust among each other was reinforced, garnering well-deserved appreciation.
The trip started with plenty of water and even more mud during Mudsoccer. Not only did the students have to prove their skills, but the shower rooms also had to ensure that each student was recognizable as an individual once more. Subsequently, water games and swimming competitions provided the much-needed cooling off.
During the "Minute to Win it" games, students demonstrated their dexterity and concentration. One evening was dedicated to singing while roasting marshmallows by the campfire.
A highlight of the class trip was the teambuilding with 15 stations. Here, students were confronted with various challenges that required cooperation, communication, and problem-solving. It was a great opportunity to get to know themselves and their fellow students better and to utilize their strengths in solving tricky tasks.
Another thrilling experience was climbing the tower's climbing wall and then courageously soaring with the zipline over the treetops of the jungle.
Volleyball games between the different houses, using a giant volleyball, created a festive atmosphere. A special highlight was the match between students and teachers.
The trip concluded with a talent show, where students showcased their creative talents.
Overall, this class trip of the German European School Manila was a great success. It not only provided students with the opportunity to get to know their teachers and fellow students in a relaxed environment but also promoted unity among them and created memories that will accompany them for a lifetime.
A heartfelt thank you goes to all colleagues who accompanied this trip and to all students who behaved exemplary. Special thanks go to Mrs. Hamburger and Mrs. Wittstock, who prepared this trip perfectly over months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes.
Until next time!