ISC-Erbil Students Take Spring Break Trip to Lebanon

Forty students from the International School of Choueifat-Erbil (ISC-Erbil) recently visited Lebanon as part of their Second Annual Spring Trip organized by the school. Accompanied by teachers and chaperones, the students in grades 5-9 had a chance to experience Lebanon for the first time.

Staying at a resort in the sprawling mountains of Faytroun, Lebanon, ISC-Erbil students participated in various indoor and outdoor activities. Although they were unable to ski due to the lack of snow, students eagerly engaged in team-building activities and outdoor sports such as hiking, climbing, and biking. “Throughout the trip, students had a chance to get to know each other better and it was visible that new friendships were budding,” commented a chaperone on the trip.

As part of the trip, students toured Jeita Grotto’s limestone caves, now considered one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. They also explored the quaint fishing town of Byblos, where they spent time at the beach. Students were awestruck by Jeita Grotto given its enormity and striking interior, but their time at the beach proved to be one of the most memorable events of the annual trip. “Many of our students had never been to a beach, so the experience left them speechless,” said a school administrator. An ISC-Erbil student commented, “I never thought that watching the sunset on the water could be such a beautiful and awesome experience.”

Student participation in extracurricular activities is a key part of the SABIS® Educational System and is carefully planned and implemented through SLO™ to foster self-development, teamwork, and the exploration of a wide range of interests. Having demonstrated that they have a broad range of abilities and experiences and that they can be effective and valuable team players, students become strong candidates at top universities around the world.

ISC-Erbil currently serves more than 1000 students in Pre-K through Grade 9 and is one of two private schools managed by SABIS® in Kurdistan. The schools contribute to raising the standard of education and rebuilding the nation by providing a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and experiences.

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