Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Middle School WWW: A 90% Positive Experience

Middle School WWW: A 90% Positive Experience

By Radia Miqdadi & Rebecca Rommen

From September 2nd to September 6th, our Middle School students enjoyed a week of fun team-building activities in Crimea, under the supervision of a volunteering team of enthusiastic teachers.
Week Without Walls, commonly abbreviated as “WWW” or “Camp” is an annual KIS tradition for our Middle School students at the beginning of the school year to bond and get to know each other better. The purpose of these 5 days is for the students to feel more at home and comfortable with their peers and environment.
Thus it seemed that Crimea was the ideal place to have it this year; just north of the Black Sea, Crimea is one of Ukraine’s most popular holiday spots and a great tourist destination. The students and accompanying staff stayed at “I&Camp”, a large resort especially designed with kids with modern facilities, pools, and rec rooms providing fun games for all.
I&Camp Resort, Crimea
MS Dance
There was also a “school” dance (school away from school!) one evening during which the kids got to have fun with their friends and dance the evening away.
“We went to the beach, played volleyball, played air hockey, and did fun activities at the pavilion” offered Maya Rondiak, 13.
“It was a great opportunity to make new friends and bond with old ones!” said Sewon Lim, 13.

“My best experience was playing football 3 hours straight and having lots of freedom to hang out with my friends!” eagerly said Dogukan Kantoglu, 13.
“One of the most fun activities we had was the scavenger hunt, I’ll never forget that” Ziad Miqdadi, 12, tells us.
“Camp was my 2nd full week in Middle School and I loved it!” shared Isabel Rommen, 11.
Overall we’ve heard lots of positive reports about this year’s WWW and hope that future ones are just as successful!

Group shot at the beach
That said, students did have a few complaints about some aspects of the experience. They took the bus to camp instead as the train (which is what has been done in the past). The bus journey took  16 hours, so altogether the travel time was 32 hours round trip. Students said the buses were uncomfortable. Had they gone with the train, there would have been more space to walk and relax according to Dogukan Kantoglu, 13. 

This, however, may have been slightly exaggerated because as said by 12-year-old Kalyna Rondiak, “The bus trip wasn’t so bad. The seats were comfortable enough. The only irritating part was having to stop for bathroom breaks.”