Expedition Skills
Grade 5-10 | 12-18 Participants
Thursday (2:55-4:25 pm) | Classroom (Primary/ Secondary)
Year-Long Programme | Cost: $520

Outdoor learning/education improves students’ health, engages them in learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. The Expedition Skills CCA is all about giving students a hands-on introduction to a wide range of skills associated with life in the wild outdoors. Students will learn about expedition planning, wildlife identification and observation, navigation techniques, basic outdoor survival skills, conservation field work techniques, risk assessment, expedition camp life, physical geography, ecology, and life in extreme environments. For this academic year, we are looking into giving our students a sense of responsibility in mentoring and supporting the young students though a buddy system to learn leadership skills as well as into an opportunity to bring the Duke of Edinburgh award to GESS, a set of activities that equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. This award requires students to complete a personal programme of activities in four sections (for the Bronze): volunteering, physical, skills and expeditions. We will be using the campus grounds and I&S classroom as a location for theory sessions and practical hands-on experiences. This will be supplemented with regular visits to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Reserve, Dairy Farm Wallace Information Centre, Botanical Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir, Pulau Ubin, and other local nature reserve sites. We will also hold an optional 3-day end-of-year expedition to Endau Rompin National Park in Johor, Malaysia, where students will get the chance to put all of the skills they have learned during the year into practice. There is an expectation that students will purchase some basic essential outdoor equipment (e.g. compass, first aid kit, pen knife, flint, head torch, field note book). All the additional information regarding costs and materials can be found on the CCA Expedition Skills Website


Apart from being a Geography teacher at GESS, Michael Söldner is a qualified Mountain Leader and avid mountaineer and climber, who has assisted on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in the UK and led a multitude of inexperienced groups on a range of self-planned expeditions, mountaineering and climbing trips. He particularly enjoys taking a lead in the organisation and delivery of highly-stimulating and engaging co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives in order to pass on the experiences he gained from an active travelling lifestyle, to his students. Over the past three years, he has been accompanying groups of GESS students on terrestrial and marine research expeditions to Indonesia/Sulawesi,Fiji and South Africa, with another expedition planned to Madagascar in Summer 2020.

Iulius heads up the Educational Technology team at GESS. On top of this, he is an avid outdoorsman, has a huge passion for the wild outdoors and spends most of his free time exploring the wilderness of South East Asia or going off on expeditions to far flung regions of the World. During his time as a student he worked as a mountain guide and managed to climb an impressive number of mountains all around Europe. Even though his approach to climbing high mountains is a much more relaxed these days, he still participates in different international expeditions. His most recent adventures took him to spending several months living with indigenous tribes in the Papua New Guinea's rainforests, and hiking through the Himalayas.