The life of an MZIS middle school student is best described as being experientially rewarding. Ally is offered opportunities that, at one time, were beyond her reality. Opportunities that allow her to venture out into the big world (without her mom and dad) to engage in activities that will become deeply entrenched in her mind and soul forever.
MZIS goes to great lengths to develop and promote experiential learning activities for its students. Most recently, the PE coach organized an extended field trip for the 5th-8th grade students to attend Bali Green Camp. Located along the Ayung River in Bali, it provides “transformative learning adventures inspired by nature.” The eco-driven camp teaches sustainability, promotes holistic learning, and encourages personal motivation through active participation and critical thinking.
Ally’s group spent three-nights and four-days at Bali Green Camp. The simplicity and practicality of green living created a unique living experience for the students. They slept in bamboo yurts, made their own plates and utensils from banana leaves, used non-flushing compost toilets and solar-heated showers, and ate food that was grown and raised within the camp’s confines.
The students were constantly engaged in activities that taught and fostered the concept of “finding one’s own direction.” The concept presented itself in most of the camp activities. Some of Ally’s favorite activities included surfing in Kuta, climbing coconut trees, making chocolate from freshly-picked cocoa beans, exploring rice paddies, and practicing Balinese martial arts in a mud pit.