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October 14, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Project Week Post-reflection

Project week was something that I felt fulfilled all 7 learning outcomes in CAS.

LO1-Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth.

I identified many of my strengths and weaknesses living in the jungle for a week. My strength lies in organizing, working, and collaboration while my weaknesses lies in communication, especially with people who don’t understand my language.

LO2- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

Going outside of the country for a whole week without supervision was a huge challenge. The challenges of costs in unexpected areas, unexpected events, and even the procedures to take care of oneself were undertaken. Immersing myself in the jungle with no technology and no electricity was another challenge.

LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

The planning for project week lasted over months. The details where I discussed my development was written in another blogpost.

LO4-Show commitment and perseverance in CAS experiences. Students can articulate the stages from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences.

I showed commitment by carrying out the plan we had. Actually doing physical labor in the hot sun was very tiring and pushed me to my physical limits. Living without any electricity and access to the outer world pushed me out of my comfort zone.

LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively

Obviously, the project week was a team effort. Without the help of my teammates, the trip wouldn’t be as successful. I also contributed my part in the group, communicating with organizations and planning for activities.

LO6-Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

The issues we dealt with in deforestation of Borneo rainforest is a significant issue in our world. We engaged with this issue by learning about the movements done to help combat this.

 

 

May 24, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Project Week Initial Reflection

For project week, I am going to TRCRC, an organization based in Malaysia aiming to restore the rainforest that has been damaged throughout the years in Borneo and other locations. The location I am travelling to is Merisuli Sabah, one of its locations in Borneo.

The learning outcomes I aim to achieve on this trip are LO6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance. LO3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. and LO2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

LO3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

My trip is significant to me as it ties in closely with the school expedition I chose to go on in Grade 9 to Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo. The location of Merisuli and the field centre is very close, and the climate and environment is very much similar. However, the main difference between these organizations is that TRCRC focuses on rainforest restoration (ie. tree planting and nursing) while Danau Girang focuses on protecting wildlife living in the rainforest. Through hands on investigation of all the aspects of the Borneo rainforest, I will have a more in depth understanding of the aspects of rainforest conservation and restoration. I am also able to bring knowledge from before to here. Another difference in this CAS experience is that the communication and planning had to be done by us, instead of the teachers. By doing research by myself, I demonstrated how I initiate and plan this CAS experience.

LO6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

Rainforest restoration is an issue of global significance. By learning how organizations in South East Asia operate to accomplish this goal, I can potentially apply this knowledge to other locations in the world that suffers from loss of habitat in rainforests.

LO2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

Planning a trip on our own is a very challenging process. We have to take into account everything from food to transportation. And all the details must be planned carefully to achieve the maximum potential of this trip.

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