Around the World and Here at Home, Winterim Engages Upper School Community
Posted 04/07/2017 04:13PM

Whether in far-flung countries or right here in the OES Great Hall, the 2017 Winterim adventures engaged our entire Upper School community in service, connections between students, outdoor fun, and even a bit of Shakespeare!

Winterim's week of experiential education, which takes place annually right before Spring Break, provides a wide spectrum of opportunities for students to try new things or further explore deep-seated passions. The international Winterim destinations this year included Denmark and Germany, France, Guatemala, Korea, and Nepal. The Nepal trip, in partnership with Catlin Gabel School, explored the cultures and religions present in the country, the natural beauty of the Nepali mountains, and most importantly the effects of a large earthquake that struck the region in 2015. OES and Catlin students worked in an earthquake-affected village for three days to help construct a new community hall.

Some of our students chose to use their Winterims assisting other OES academic divisions. Elise K. and Aley B. (both '17, pictured above) traveled to Granada, Spain, in order to chaperone an eighth grade Spanish language immersion trip.

"I loved getting to know the eighth graders in such an amazing city," Elise shared. "Some highlights were going to La Alhambra, seeing authentic flamenco dancing in a cave, and going to the Arab Baths." Aley opined that because "I had gone to Spain with that very trip when I was in eighth grade, visiting Granada as a senior with much stronger language skills was an incredible experience."

Check out the Winterim photo gallery here!

(Photo courtesy of Elise K. '17)