Field Trips

Field trips at ISL include both day and overnight residential trips organized by teachers. Nursery, Preschool and Reception students take part in day trips and are not a part of the overnight, residential field trips listed below. In addition to the regular, annual curriculum-linked residential field trips, are visits to other countries, for example, ski trips to Austria or Italy also occur during vacations.

At ISL, every student from Year 1 to IBDP2 has the opportunity to participate in a residential field trip each year.These “out-of-school” experiences have been a tradition at ISL since the formation of the school. We believe that these activities are vital in order for students to broaden their horizons and develop skills and understanding that are simply not available within the confines of a classroom. School trips are an essential means of promoting collaboration and teamwork, as well as providing an opportunity to explore beautiful parts of this country and others. Field trips are viewed as another critical part of the curriculum and not just an optional extra.

Annual ISL Field trips for Students from Year 1 to IBDP include;

Year 1Stay overnight within the Fine Arts Building at school in connection with their Unit "Inquiry on Light". The overnight stay helps students experience a night away from home, possibly for the first time and creates improved understanding of different sources of light.
Year 2Organize and plan their overnight stay in tents on the school campus in relation to their unit on “How We Organise Ourselves”. This helps students explore different systems, their structure and purpose.
Year 3Stay overnight at Eureka campsite in Lusaka district. This trip relates to the unit “Sharing the Planet”. Students have the opportunity to study resources and realize the importance and need to preserve resources in the environment.
Year 4Travel to Iteshi-Teshi in the southern part of Zambia for 3 days. Students work closely on recognizing how interdependent systems work, adaptations and accommodations within systems and study habitats.
Year 5Visit Pioneer Camp in Lusaka District for 3 days. Students work on studying environmental conflicts and are encouraged to discover sustainable solutions to these conflicts.
Year 6Stay at Treetops in Kafue National Park (the largest national park in Zambia) for 5 days at the beginning of the school year. This experience helps students understand globalization, diversity and identity. Students also begin discussions about the choice of topic for their end of year PYP Exhibition.
Year 7Travel to Wildtracks in the Lower Zambezi, a well-organised riverside lodge in a stunning location where students engage in various team-building activities and ecological education. This trip is undertaken at the beginning of the year to enable students to learn to work together in their new tutor groups.
Year 8Vsit Livingstone where students visit the Victoria Falls and the Livingstone Museum and learn about various aspects of geography, geology and history to complement their studies at school.
Year 9Travel to Ndubaluba, an outdoor activity centre, where they spend the week taking part in a range of outdoor activities including orienteering, building shelters and sleeping in them.
Year 10Travel to Wildtracks in the Lower Zambezi and participate in further team-building, problem-solving activities appropriate to the students' age and abilities.
Year 11Travel to Treetops, the lodge in Kafue National Park that is jointly run by independent schools in Zambia. While there, they complete biology coursework and other relevant curriculum content, surrounded by the splendid wildlife of the park.
IBDPTake part in an orientation weekend at the beginning of term at Pioneer Camp just outside Lusaka. They also go to Ndubaluba to begin working towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which involves a practice expedition early in the year followed by the actual expedition at a later date. There will also been the opportunity to go on a trip to Mount Kiliminjaro at the end of the course as a celebration of the completion of their IBDP programme.


Below are photographs from a number of Field Trips including the Year 10 trip to Wildtracks and the IBDP trip to the Pioneer Camp.