Experiential Learning in Croatia

Experiential Learning in Croatia

Educational trips

There is more to Croatia than meets the eye! Peel away the most prominent layers of beautiful sights and intricate history, and the country reveals a host of opportunities for maximum impact educational trips. Whether it's an international school specialised program (CAS, PDW, LWW), a regular school trip or a university-level study abroad project, we can create meaningful and truly educational connections with the relevant local stakeholders to offer experiences that expand horizons and open minds. Dip into the experience of these ninth graders on their first PDW trip to Croatia.

PDW 2017

Speciality Workshops

2018/2019

Speciality Workshops

2018/2019

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Film's the Thing


Work on site-specific filming in a medieval town with a professional dramatourg, a professional actor, and two professional film-makers to bring your own version of Hamlet to the big screen.
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Rijeka Inside-Out


Learn more about the contemporary culture, every-day life and history of Rijeka and the Kvarner bay area in an interactive and memorable way.
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The Music Factory


Head into a musical adventure, working with amazing musicians. You will be learning music through rhythm and melody games, communicating with others through music and working to bring together a musical performance for your peers.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 20

Any student with an active interest in film or theatre. As we have students work on both the acting (psychological and emotional self-exploration) and the filming (the technicalities of creating screen-worthy videos), we can accommodate a range of personalities. Students are asked to bring in at least a basic knowledge of the play Hamlet.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Activity is suitable for students with interests in history, heritage, architecture, learning and understanding new cultures. Prior knowledge of the local history of Croatia and Kvarner bay region is not necessary.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 12

This activity is suitable for students of all musical abilities, but a genuine interest in participating in group music is essential. If you cannot play an instrument, you should be willing to sing or play hand shakers.
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Puppet Magic and Storytelling Fun!


Design and make puppets to bring a Croatian tale to life as you perform it in English for local children. Help their English learning by organising language games for a fun-driven finale.
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Pegaz Equine Therapy Centre


Develop an understanding of equine therapy and volunteer on projects to help Pegaz in their mission to help children benefit from equine therapy.
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Rijeka Rocks!


Develop your guitar and drum skills to perform a song with friends and other musicians. Glimpse some of Rijeka's rich rock music history by visiting some of the important cultural places and events with a living legend.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students who have some basic skills in sewing and are interested in extending their skills. An interest in storytelling and working with EAL children is essential.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Activity is suitable for all students, with or without previous knowledge of equine assisted therapy or horses

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students of the guitar should know the basic chords and notes on the guitar, while drum students should be familiar with the drum set and have some rhythm skills. The activity would be suitable for students who love listening to (rock) music, like alternative culture and hopefully have at least some experience in playing guitar, drums or any other instrument. Students with these interests would likely enjoy all the interesting historical facts as well as playing and creating music with their friends and other musicians.
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Wall for All!


Volunteer at a local Kindergarten/elementary school to bring the children's outdoor space to life with colourful murals.
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Make a Splash!


Do you love all things aquatic? Croatia is all about the sea and water and this is your chance to improve your swimming, diving, and waterpolo skills with top notch local instructors.
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Cooking Up a Storm!


Upgrade your cooking skills whilst getting in touch with Croatian culture and heritage through food!

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Everyone who is interested in the arts and wants to bring about change in the local community using art.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 24

This is suitable for students with a keen interest in swimming and who are intermediate swimmers.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 8

This is suitable for keen cooks or for beginners who want to learn the basics
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Break Free Dance Combo


It's never too late to learn a new dance skill and if you are interested in dances inspired by urban culture, have heaps of energy and love working with your friends on choreography, this one will be a ball for you!
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The Power of Stone


Learn about ancient architectural techniques, the Karst landscape and the life connected to it. Thisis your chance to get to know the basics of dry stone masonry and contribute to the preservation of a spectacular cultural landscape as you rebuild part of the Takala vineyard terraces!
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Shoot Me a Photo


Broaden your photographic interests and abilities as you explore the local area. Photographic subject matter is hugely varied due to the geographic and historical background of Croatia and as such there is great diversity for photographic themes. Develop an eye for images of Croatia to reflect the culture and heritage before returning to base for an afternoon spent learning the tricks and impacts of photo manipulation.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 12

Although some previous dance experience is preferable, the program can be attended by anyone who loves to dance and is ready to work hard.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 20

The activity is suitable for students who enjoy a learning by doing approach and are enthusiastic about spending time outdoors. A particular level of physical fitness isn’t a requirement –everybody can be involved according to their abilities. Unfortunately, the location isn’t accessible for seriously physically disabled students.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 16

The workshop is suitable for anyone with a photographic interest, who wishes to develop their skills in seeing the world around them in a different way and learning how to manipulate images once they are taken. This requires patience and a high level of focus and is a demanding, but rewarding, two days.
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Get In Synch!


Are you as...
Flexible as a gymnast
Powerful as a water polo player
Artistic as a dancer and have the endurance of a long distance swimmer?

This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the sport behind the beautiful make-up and hair as you are introduced to some of the basic skills to dance under water. To do so you have to be a very good swimmer and be up for a challenge. The best of the best in Croatia are waiting for you and dare you to join them.

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Sketch your day - Croquis and drawing workshop


Work with a talented local artist to learn the quick and versatile Croquis technique. Never heard of it? Check out the world of fashion designers! Use this to draw live human models, animals, landsacpes and town vedutas in situ and develop your understanding of how coloured inks can be used to create atmospheric effects and general impressions of a landscape.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

This is suitable for both male and female students – you just have to be a skillful swimmer with good physical stamina (able to swim at least 2 lengths of pool without stopping), and like music and dancing. Being able to hold your breath for more than a minute also helps! This is not recommended for students with breathing allergies.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students with strong interests in the visual arts. Whilst previous knowledge or interest in drawing/painting is welcomed, it is not essential. A willingness to experiment in drawing/painting techniques is also a plus.
Image

Film's the Thing


Work on site-specific filming in a medieval town with a professional dramatourg, a professional actor, and two professional film-makers to bring your own version of Hamlet to the big screen.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 20

Any student with an active interest in film or theatre. As we have students work on both the acting (psychological and emotional self-exploration) and the filming (the technicalities of creating screen-worthy videos), we can accommodate a range of personalities. Students are asked to bring in at least a basic knowledge of the play Hamlet.
Image

Rijeka Inside-Out


Learn more about the contemporary culture, every-day life and history of Rijeka and the Kvarner bay area in an interactive and memorable way.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Activity is suitable for students with interests in history, heritage, architecture, learning and understanding new cultures. Prior knowledge of the local history of Croatia and Kvarner bay region is not necessary.
Image

The Music Factory


Head into a musical adventure, working with amazing musicians. You will be learning music through rhythm and melody games, communicating with others through music and working to bring together a musical performance for your peers.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 12

This activity is suitable for students of all musical abilities, but a genuine interest in participating in group music is essential. If you cannot play an instrument, you should be willing to sing or play hand shakers.
Image

Puppet Magic and Storytelling Fun!


Design and make puppets to bring a Croatian tale to life as you perform it in English for local children. Help their English learning by organising language games for a fun-driven finale.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students who have some basic skills in sewing and are interested in extending their skills. An interest in storytelling and working with EAL children is essential.
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Pegaz Equine Therapy Centre


Develop an understanding of equine therapy and volunteer on projects to help Pegaz in their mission to help children benefit from equine therapy.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Activity is suitable for all students, with or without previous knowledge of equine assisted therapy or horses
Image

Rijeka Rocks!


Develop your guitar and drum skills to perform a song with friends and other musicians. Glimpse some of Rijeka's rich rock music history by visiting some of the important cultural places and events with a living legend.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students of the guitar should know the basic chords and notes on the guitar, while drum students should be familiar with the drum set and have some rhythm skills. The activity would be suitable for students who love listening to (rock) music, like alternative culture and hopefully have at least some experience in playing guitar, drums or any other instrument. Students with these interests would likely enjoy all the interesting historical facts as well as playing and creating music with their friends and other musicians.
Image

Wall for All!


Volunteer at a local Kindergarten/elementary school to bring the children's outdoor space to life with colourful murals.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Everyone who is interested in the arts and wants to bring about change in the local community using art.
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Make a Splash!


Do you love all things aquatic? Croatia is all about the sea and water and this is your chance to improve your swimming, diving, and waterpolo skills with top notch local instructors.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 24

This is suitable for students with a keen interest in swimming and who are intermediate swimmers.
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Cooking Up a Storm!


Upgrade your cooking skills whilst getting in touch with Croatian culture and heritage through food!

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 8

This is suitable for keen cooks or for beginners who want to learn the basics
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Break Free Dance Combo


It's never too late to learn a new dance skill and if you are interested in dances inspired by urban culture, have heaps of energy and love working with your friends on choreography, this one will be a ball for you!

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 12

Although some previous dance experience is preferable, the program can be attended by anyone who loves to dance and is ready to work hard.
Image

The Power of Stone


Learn about ancient architectural techniques, the Karst landscape and the life connected to it. This is your chance to get to know the basics of dry stone masonry and contribute to the preservation of a spectacular cultural landscape as you rebuild part of the Takala vineyard terraces!

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 20

The activity is suitable for students who enjoy a learning by doing approach and are enthusiastic about spending time outdoors. A particular level of physical fitness isn’t a requirement –everybody can be involved according to their abilities. Unfortunately, the location isn’t accessible for seriously physically disabled students.
Image

Shoot Me a Photo


Broaden your photographic interests and abilities as you explore the local area. Photographic subject matter is hugely varied due to the geographic and historical background of Croatia and as such there is great diversity for photographic themes. Develop an eye for images of Croatia to reflect the culture and heritage before returning to base for an afternoon spent learning the tricks and impacts of photo manipulation.

4 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 16

The workshop is suitable for anyone with a photographic interest, who wishes to develop their skills in seeing the world around them in a different way and learning how to manipulate images once they are taken. This requires patience and a high level of focus and is a demanding, but rewarding, two days.
Image

Get In Synch!


Are you as...
Flexible as a gymnast
Powerful as a water polo player
Artistic as a dancer and have the endurance of a long distance swimmer?

This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the sport behind the beautiful make-up and hair as you are introduced to some of the basic skills to dance under water. To do so you have to be a very good swimmer and be up for a challenge. The best of the best in Croatia are waiting for you and dare you to join them.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

This is suitable for both male and female students – you just have to be a skillful swimmer with good physical stamina (able to swim at least 2 lengths of pool without stopping), and like music and dancing. Being able to hold your breath for more than a minute also helps! This is not recommended for students with breathing allergies.
Image

Sketch your day - Croquis and drawing workshop


Work with a talented local artist to learn the quick and versatile Croquis technique. Never heard of it? Check out the world of fashion designers! Use this to draw live human models, animals, landsacpes and town vedutas in situ and develop your understanding of how coloured inks can be used to create atmospheric effects and general impressions of a landscape.

8 SESSIONS, MAX GROUP SIZE: 10

Students with strong interests in the visual arts. Whilst previous knowledge or interest in drawing/painting is welcomed, it is not essential. A willingness to experiment in drawing/painting techniques is also a plus.

"Billi and Ivan were brilliant to work with! Their professionalism, knowledge of matching our needs and interests to their program was outstanding. Billi's great communication and hard work to meet our budget was really appreciated. Our students felt cared for and the entire program was planned out so thoughtfully that our trip ran smoothly. When we needed support along the way with a few of our own bumps, we could count on Billi and Ivan to be there and that meant the world. Thank you for all you did to make this trip full of personal growth, excitement and special memories and an overall success!"

Susan Taylor, International School of Zug and Luzern

MEET BILLI

Our Educational Programs Director

Having worked as a teacher for many years, both in UK schools and in international schools around the world, Billi has a real appreciation of what is important to make a school trip a success for all involved. There are always many options to consider when planning your trip, but Billi’s experience means that both staff and students will be truly supported and can feel confident that the learning experience here in Croatia will be a real highlight of the school calendar.
 

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ORGANIZE
You run your sports program. We handle logistical support.

Forget about weeks of research trying to find the right providers, organize transport, hire facilities or find support staff – we’ve got all that covered. From USA Swimming to kids camps, every customer gets undivided attention to make sure their camp is a success.

JOIN
You run your sports program. We handle logistical support.

Forget about weeks of research trying to find the right providers, organize transport, hire facilities or find support staff – we’ve got all that covered. From USA Swimming to kids camps, every customer gets undivided attention to make sure their camp is a success.

DEVELOP
You run your sports program. We handle logistical support.

Forget about weeks of research trying to find the right providers, organize transport, hire facilities or find support staff – we’ve got all that covered. From USA Swimming to kids camps, every customer gets undivided attention to make sure their camp is a success.