As part of the IB philosophy, one must understand that not everything can be taught within the classroom. Thus, field trips provide the perfect opportunity to apply ourselves fruitfully. Laden with their luggage, and appetite for knowledge, the group of ESS and Geography students readied themselves for the learning expedition to Sundarbans, West Bengal.
The most engaging component of ESS & Geo IBDP is the coursework/fieldwork which culminates in an Analytical report based on Primary Data which the students gather and work upon. In this context we are all set to embark on our journey to Sundarbans Delta (UNESCO World Heritage site) which is located in Kolkata. This year 41 IBDP students with 4 teachers ventured for the very first time in the country to visit the Sundarbans (Kolkata) for the field trip.
Students studied "Ecological Footprints of Eco tourism & Environmental Sustainability, Quality and Patterns of Resource Consumption" with special reference to Mangrove forest of Sundarbans, West Bengal.
The Sundarbans trip was full of new adventures and experiences. For the closing ceremony, the students collected for a general vote of thanks. Away from their comfortable lifestyles the group got to experience a handful of the hardships that millions in India face every day. But with the good came the bad, and there a sense of realization upon the fact that the world is a very small place and even though people and cultures are different, all of us share a common spirit.
Many a times, it's said that it's the journey that counts, not the destination. And no truer was this message here. For within the aches and pains, joys and pleasures, one could find the staunch aim of the expedition: Experience, not knowledge.