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The ASD Overseas Independent Living Camp was held from 25 to 27 July 2018 at HomeStay in JB, Malaysia. A groups of 19 students from A5 to A11 participated, accompanied by 11 teachers and instructors. Objectives of the camp include providing opportunities for students:To put into practice skills learned in school – Self-Management, Home Economics, Housekeeping and Laundry.
Besides the generic objectives stated above, every participant has his own personal goal for the camp. Form teachers discussed and shared inputs with camp teachers on setting individual learning goal to be achieved, or worked on during the 3D2N camp. Strategies and focused learning opportunities would be planned to enhance the personal accomplishment of goals set.
Early in the morning of 25th July, all departed from Metta School with a joyous spirit, looking forward to the excitement and experiences waiting ahead for them.
With pre-camp briefing and training, all students were able to exit Singapore towards Malaysia via Woodlands Checkpoint smoothly, using their passports and going through all the proper procedures.
Upon entering Malaysia, we headed for our first activity which was a visit to Angry Bird Park. All students were thrilled about the theme park as it presented a lot of fun activities to them. They engaged themselves in all sorts of games while inside the indoor park, exploring and trying new games & activities they were interested in.
After lunch, we all proceeded to do grocery shopping for breakfast and dinner for the next day. Students were given a list of grocery items. Each group was to locate the items and make payment at the cashier. It was a good real life experience especially in a foreign country.
In the late afternoon, we headed towards the venue for our accommodation -The Homestay. It was a very natural farm setting environment with ponds, surrounded by fruit trees, poultries and plants all around. The place was quiet, serene and tranquil. Students stayed with the staff in villas.
Students were given orientation, organized their belongings, tidied up the rooms and got to know their roommates. During dinner, students were observed to be able to practise serving and sharing food with one another, while enjoying the sumptuous dishes with proper table manners taught in school.
Second day began as the roosters crowed. Students prepared their own breakfast with eggs, bread & drinks. Thereafter, all headed for UK farm for another adventure. There, students experienced feeding the goats, ostrich and rabbits. The guide explained how grass can be turned into feeds for the goat. They also witnessed how goats produced milk and had the chance to try the goat milk in different flavour, ice-cream made from goal milk as well as various types of fruits on the farm. We also watched a live show from a tribesman as Asli Village.
Upon return to Homestay after which, all participated in outdoor games such as zorbing, soccer, pond fishing and photo-taking. The weather was great, making it great fun to play outdoor and interact with school friends through various activities. Dinner was served with barbeque food. Despite being hungry and eager to enjoy the delicious meal, everybody remembered to queue up, waited for their turn to get their food with good mannerisms. Many took initiative to clear up the areas after meal. It was encouraging to the teachers witnessing how the students applied what they were taught from day to day.
Time passed quickly and it was the last day of the camp. Before heading back to Singapore, we all stopped by a souvenir shop selling local products. Everyone chose the souvenir items their family members- parents & siblings- would like to have. This was a practical way to inculcate family values and bonding in an authentic manner.
Overall, the camp was really enjoyable and gratifying for every participant, teachers & students alike – students had the precious experience of leaving their comfort zone, being away from their parents and staying overseas with their peers while teachers were glad to see how the event enabled the students to improve in their daily living skills, make progress in their inter-personal skills and grow in character. All effort and resources put in to ensure success and achievement of goals is not in vain.