Simply amazing. There is such a wide range of activities to do, which are all so meaningful and intentional. Diving, kayaking, eco justice, yoga, wilderness, visiting an elderly home, culinary arts, emergency medical response team, singing, guitar, Ukrainian dance, etc. They are student-led, with some activities bringing in adults to teach specialized things such as Ukrainian dance, diving, and kayaking. The culture around them was very enthusiastic and collaborative and did indeed provide for meaningful personal development. We were active, creative, and exploratory. In my opinion, the extracurricular program did a fantastic job at developing well-rounded students because we had the opportunity to and were encouraged to try new activities that we never would have tried otherwise. For example, I joined Ukrainian Dance in my first year and very quickly fell in love with all forms of dancing. I joined the greenhouse activity and ended up working on 2 farms during and after my time at Pearson to learn more about sustainable agriculture.
There are a wide variety of extracurricular activities at UWC. So far my daughter has done sailing, X-country skiing, hospice volunteering and this term will play the cello in the music program. I think the extracurricular activities at UWC are the basis for its success as a formidable school. The expectation that life is so much more than being book smart allows students to thrive in all aspects of their life, just not academics. This in turn translates into exceptionally high IB marks. Students are well-rounded and come out of the gate ready and excited to change the world together.
It was fantastic. There were many opportunities, but especially opportunities for students to take leadership in their roles without constant surveillance or guidance from an adult. They were not competitive, but very supportive and enriching. The school did a fantastic job of developing well-rounded students. I would encourage people to do something completely out of their comfort zone.