Learning takes on a different way once we enter port. Here, experience replaces regular instruction, and students have the opportunity to learn through field studies, guest lectures, and hands-on exploration. They will explore the world outside of the classroom. In 20 ports on different continents we balance our time between free time (‘Shore leave’) and organised activities (‘Field Studies’) with cultural and academic objectives. The program is designed to give students a deeper understanding of their curriculum, and allow them to link their classroom learning with real world experiences.
While in port, whether engaged in inter-tidal environmental studies in the Amazon delta, conducting anthropological studies on Easter Island, or diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, students will be able to actively explore, assimilate and build upon their classroom instruction, developing strong habits of perception and inquiry thus augmenting their learning and growth. Science labs will take place in local universities and partner schools while in port, so that students may have the best facilities available for their studies in chemistry, biology, environmental science and physics. These school visits will also allow for social events and cultural exchange with peers from around the world. Through an academic year around the world you will have the opportunity to link what you learn in class and read in books with what you see and experience around the world.
For 10 months you will live alongside students, teachers and crew members from around the world. Not only will you meet people from other cultures with different backgrounds, but you will learn to live and work closely together with them.
In 2018 the school year will follow the old trade routes of the ‘Atlantic-Eight’. We will start in Norway and sail in to among others, Portugal, Argentina, South Africa, St. Helena, and Aruba.
Travelling around the world allows us to utilize a wide arrange of tools in order to help our students develop academically. Here follows a few examples of guest lecturers that we have met on our way, and who have shared their knowledge and experience with our students.
Learning Optimization Programme (LOP)
In accord with research and best practice, at 90 days into the school year, the Learning Optimization Program assists in helping students to accelerate their learning through the rest of the year. Together with students, we explore the potential for improved retention and transfer/application of learning via timely intervention and structured reflection. Improving retention and transfer/application of learning (learning theory) via timely intervention and structured reflection exercises based upon these assumptions:
- That unique learning environments (the places) combined with enhanced and alternative learning methods, (the activities) may produce social and cognitive growth that is optimal.
- That an individual’s learning curve, if the methods and environment are repetitive, erodes or is numbed with time and migrates from direct to inverse proportion.
- That timely intervention using effective reflection strategies and new learning tools sustains and optimises transfer and learning outcomes.