The International School Nido de Aguilas

HS Week Without Walls

In the High School Week Without Walls (WWW) program, students are offered high-quality, non-traditional learning opportunities in Santiago, throughout Chile, as well as in other parts of South America. Trips range from working with underprivileged communities in Santiago to NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) adventure courses in Patagonia to studying the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands. WWW trips exemplify Nido's commitment to experiential education and, in keeping with Nido's mission and values, foster in our students engagement with the world, adaptability in difficult situations, and generosity of spirit. Student should expect to:

  • Be challenged physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
  • Be pushed beyond their comfort zones, being aware that some of the journey will be difficult, requiring self-knowledge and fortitude.
  • To reflect meaningfully through meaningful on their experiences and accomplishments, enabling them to grow and develop their intellect and be engaged, lifelong learners.

All companies and providers we work with have been given thorough instructions to provide safe and meaningful experiences for Nido students, providing a range of difficulty. Proper risk management plans and insurance are in place to ensure the utmost care, safety, and security for all participants. When appropriate, accompanying staff and guides will have intensive First Aid and risk management training. Program staff will be in communication with Nido representatives to provide updates as needed.

WWW trips do have additional costs not included in the annual tuition and fees, but the School offers a wide variety of trips, including local programs in Santiago, so that families may select those programs that fit both a student's interests and a family's budget.

Each program included in Nido’s WWW is designed to cover at least three of the following areas, with a special focus on one:

Life Learning Skills

Students engage in activities that empower them to master a new skill or gain increased expertise in skills they previously have practiced.

Leadership & Collaboration

Students take responsibility for their actions, develop dynamic group leadership skills, practice advocating for ideas, apply empathic listening, implement individual and group problem-solving tactics, follow conflict resolution strategies, and learn to take appropriate risks.

Environmental Education

Students gain a greater understanding of how our choices affect the environment. Guides foster an appreciation and desire to take action for environmental protection and conservation and urge students to alter their daily habits to be more environmentally friendly.

Service Learning

Students engage in meaningful community service, striving to strengthen communities and understand their own civic responsibilities. They receive instruction and time to reflect so that they can act with purpose and empathy. Ultimately, students aim to create sustainable systems that can be adopted by a community and are designed according to a community’s specific needs and available resources.

Cultural Awareness

Students are exposed and immersed in a culture different from their own. As a result, students are urged to reevaluate their own culture and acquire new perspectives and insights about their immediate surrounding environment and their host country and the world around us, fostering global citizenship and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Students must become familiar with their trip/event itinerary.
  • Students must ensure their parents have ALL the information given.
  • Students must obtain parental approval for the trip they wish to participate in.
  • Students must attend ALL orientations and meetings.
  • Students must complete all registration requirements.
  • Students must adhere to all behavior expectations as identified.

2016-17 Trips

The Freshman Experience

  • Los Pellines Volcano Trek - Nevados de Chillán, Chile
  • Rafting - Maule River, Chile
  • Bikes, Kayaks, & Horses - Colchagua Valley & Pichilemu, Chile
  • Casa Grada - Ñuñoa (Santiago)
  • Hogar Misión de María - Ñuñoa (Santiago)
  • Vision for Chile - La Pintana (Santiago)
  • Climbing - Santiago
  • Culinary - Santiago
  • Electronic Music Lab - Nido de Aguilas
  • Photography - Nido de Aguilas

Adventure Challenges

  • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Experience - Chilean Patagonia
  • Pumalin Sea Kayaking in the Fjords - Provincia de Palena, Chile
  • Whitewater Rafting Ko'Kayak - Río Petrohue near Osorno, Chile
  • Open Water Scuba Diving Certification - La Herradura and Las Tacas, Chile
  • Panama Advanced Scuba Diving Certification - Portobello, Panama
  • Moby Dick Outdoor & Surf Experience - Matanzas, Chile

Service Learning

Environmental Education

  • Peruvian Amazon Explorama - Peru, near Iquitos

Cultural Immersion

  • Rapa Nui/Easter Island (Chile)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Ethnics Atacama - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  • Piedras Bayas Atacama - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  • Life in Patagonia - Coyhaique, Chile
  • Mapuche Culture - Lonquimay, Chile
  • Santiago Urbano y Gourmet

Stretch Your Skills

  • Yoga Retreat - Ensenada (between Pichidangui and Los Vilos, Chile)
  • Sea Sailing - Valparaiso, Chile
  • Climbing - Santiago
  • Culinary - Santiago
  • Kitchen Club - Santiago
  • Electronic Music Lab - Nido de Aguilas
  • Photography - Nido de Aguilas
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