The Outdoor Education Programme makes full use of the amazing natural diversity Peru has to offer.
Markham College has a comprehensive Outdoor Education Programme with yearly camps for pupils ages 9 to 16. These camps are situated in or close to the Coast, the Andes Mountains, National Parks and the Amazon jungle.
Senior students also benefit from the experience gained by helping and assisting others. The programme also provides a good opportunity outside of the school for younger pupils to work more closely with the senior students.
Some of the important life skills pupils develop at these camps:
- an appreciation of the Peruvian culture and environment
Complementary experience – Duke of Edinburgh International Award
Alongside the Outdoor Education Programme, students may choose to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, in which students 14 years and older continue to use and build upon the valuable skills they have been taught.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award offers 14-24 year-olds an opportunity to discover new interests while developing essential skills for life and work. Achieving an Award isn’t about being first but rather about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
A recognised mark of achievement respected by employers, the International Award programme can be achieved at the Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. It involves helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity. Through an International Award programme, young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing university applications.
At Markham College, we use amazing locations outside Lima for adventurous journeys, including the mountains around San Bartolome, the deserts of Ica, the famous Marcahuasi hilltop, the Chavin and Santa Cruz treks in the Cordillera Blanca and Kuelap and Gocta in the northern highlands.