Learning Beyond the Classroom

After School Activities

At ISY, we believe that student learning and development also occur beyond the school day. As a result, we offer a wide range of after school activities that provide students with the opportunity to discover new areas of interest, develop talents and abilities, take on leadership roles, and form meaningful connections with other students. After school activities also reinforce our core values embodied by our Expected Schoolwide Learner Results (ESLRs): Global Citizenship, Successful Communication, Complex Thinking and Creativity, and Lifelong Learning.

Week Without Walls

Week-Without-Walls (WWW) centers around an outside-of-the-classroom learning experiences which provides students with a unique cultural, personal, interpersonal and environmental experience not available within the regular academic classroom. Within the WWW program, students learn, reflect, and grow socially and emotionally. While some of the grade level trips focus on cultural aspects of the host country, others focus on community service, or adventure challenges where students push their limits. All trips embrace teamwork, cooperation, leadership, and independence.

Participation in WWW in not optional, as it is an extension of our core programs, and it reinforces the skills and content in our existing curriculum. In addition to the academic curriculum, it also promotes the development of leadership skills, cooperation and community service. This off-campus experience can sometimes take students out of their comfort zones and put them into new situations that help them grow and develop.

The aim of WWW is to:

  • Develop greater cultural understanding and provide authentic, direct exposure to the local community in order to nurture a better understanding and appreciation of cultures.
  • Foster a greater sense of community and develop new friendships as well as strengthen existing ones.
  • Increase respect for the environment.
  • Promote personal independence and responsibility and to challenge students physically and mentally.
  • Develop lasting friendships and bonds within a grade level.
Grade 6- Pyay, Myanmar
With a focus on Myanmar history, culture, geography, and economy, the Grade 6 Bago region trip has students visiting the ancient city of Thayakhittayar, observing local village life, hiking to Buddhist pagodas, viewing rice production at a local rice mill, learning about how weather is monitored and measured locally at a weather station, and engaging in community service.

Pyay was formerly known as Prome. Pyay is an important commercial center for trade between the Ayeyarwady Delta, Central and Upper Myanmar and the Rakhine (Arakan) State. Pyay is only 161 km north of Yangon travelling along a well-maintained highway by car.

Grade 7- Hpa An, Myanmar
The Grade 7 trip to Hpa An focuses on community and team building through outdoor education. Activities include cycling, cave exploration, wetland conservation study, and learning about the local culture.

Hpa-An is the capital of Karen State, Myanmar. Hpa-An is the largest and most populated city in Karen State. The setting itself, the surrounding caves and mountains to explore, and the relaxed atmosphere are the highlights of the area.

Grade 8- Chiang Mai, Thailand
Outdoor adventure challenge is the theme of the Grade 8 Week Without Wall trip where activities and emphases include hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, understanding physical capacity, and fostering leadership skills.

Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand that dates back to the 1200s. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.

Grade 9- Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay, Myanmar

Grade 9’s trip to Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin emphasizes discovery of Myanmar’s cultural heritage and natural environment through nature walks, experiences with local village life, community service opportunities, and visiting the sites of the historical kingdom of Mandalay.

Pyin Oo Lwin is located on the western bank of the river Ayeyarwaddy, approximately seven miles north of Mandalay. Over 1000 metres above sea-level, Pyin Oo Lwin is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay.

Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway.

Grade 10- Hpa-An, Myanmar
On the Grade 10 trip to Hpa-An, Myanmar, through activities and experiences, students take an in-depth look at the local culture, regional history, environmental conservation efforts, and microeconomics.

Students hike through a local Kayin Village and a nearby peak to view the beauty of the area. Local school visits and service exchanges on this trip, allow students to experience parameters they would not otherwise know inside the ISY classroom.

Grade 11- Kalaw, Myanmar
Students on the Grade 11 trip engage in the study of Myanmar through activities and experiences relating to animal conservation, local culture, regional history, and community service.

Kalaw is the one of the famous hill towns of the Shan State and is inhabited by only a few thousand people, originating from various ethnic groups of Myanmar. Native belles wear colorful , locally -woven national costumes.

Grade 12- Hong Kong, China
Students, on the Grade 12 trip, participate in an outdoor adventure challenge where activities and emphasis include orienteering, geographical navigation, rock climbing, fostering leadership skills, and encouraging self-reliance.

Hong Kong is a former British colony in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.

Elementary School Field Trips

To enhance the elementary science and social studies curricula and to support our Expected Schoolwide Learner Results (ESLRs), classes venture in and around Yangon to avail of the rich opportunities the city has to offer. The table below displays field trips that classes have gone on in the past.

Previous Elementary Field Trips



Unit Connection


Farm in Mawbi

Farm Animals Life Science Unit


Home Garden Visit

Green Kids Life Science Unit


Yangon Zoo

Animal Life Science Unit


Helping Hands Workshop

Wood and Paper Physical Science Unit/Recycling Unit

Grade 1

Kandawgyi Lake

Air and Weather: Earth and Space Science Unit

Grade 1

People’s Park

Plants and Animals Life Science Unit

Grade 1

Traditional Myanmar Puppet Show

Balance and Motion Physical Science Unit

Grade 2

Heritage Sites

Communities Social Studies Unit

Grade 2

Aung San Suu Kyi’s House

Heroes Social Studies Unit

Grade 2

Kandawgi Lake

Art in the Park Cross Disciplinary Unit

Grade 2

Pagoda Shopping Area

Money Math Unit

Grade 2

Local Preschool

Global Citizen ESLR/Outreach

Grade 3

The Yangon Port

Local Trade Social Studies Unit

Grade 3

The Planetarium

Sun, Moon, and Stars Earth and Space Unit

Grade 4

Shwedegon Pagoda

Culture and Geography Social Studies Unit

Grade 4

Circle Train Tour

Culture and Geography Social Studies Unit

Grade 4

Colonial Architectural Heritage Tour

Change and Influence Over Time Cross Disciplinary Unit (Social Studies and Art)

Grade 5


Earth and Space Science Unit

Community Service

Education of the mind without education of the heart is no education at all.”


Student leadership through community service is fundamental to our ISY School Mission and Expected Schoolwide Learner Results (ESLRS). Self-directed community outreach is one way in which students promote responsibility, respect, and are socially engaged in a meaning manner.

Students at ISY are involved in a myriad of self-initiated projects that focus on helping others. Through this process, ISY students not only give back to the community, but they also learn about our local environment and develop a better understanding and respect for our host country. The benefits of student driven community service includes the rewards felt by all those involved.

Some long term service group recipients are the following:

  • Little Flowers Garden (home for the aged)
  • Mary Chaplain Deaf School
  • Mr. Roger's Orphanage from Pale Myothit division
  • Do Bin Aung Tha Monastery/School
  • Wingaba Girls' Home
  • School for the Disabled
  • Yangon Animal Shelter

In addition to the long standing organizations that ISY students and teachers work with, students are able to form (with administrative approval) a community service group of their choice that promotes community, compassion, and creativity through direct service.

IB Diploma Programme Community Service

As part of our commitment to community service, the Diploma Programme (DP) at ISY includes Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) as one of the required components of the DP core. The DP core is studied throughout the curriculum, alongside a student’s chosen subjects.

The service element of CAS requires students to undertake an unpaid and voluntary exchange. Students therefore apply knowledge and skills to community service, complementing their academic study.

Student Leadership

The International School Yangon Student Councils are comprised of student-elected members who are dedicated to making a difference in the ISY community.

Elementary School

Elementary School Student Council includes students in Grades 3 - 5 who want to learn leadership skills, how to take initiative and how to improve communication as a leader. Each homeroom class elects a speaker and a manager to represent their respective classes for the school year.

The students work together to organize movie nights to promote a community atmosphere at ISY, plan and execute a project for Earth Week and help with Elementary School hosted activities throughout the year.

Middle School

Middle School Student Council is comprised of student volunteers and elected positions who strive to make ISY middle school inclusive, fun, and energetic. In the Middle School, Student Council representatives work together to plan, coordinate and provide activities to the Middle School student body.

The representatives liaise between the student body of the school and the ISY faculty and administration, as well as, use their organizational and communication skills to execute events that include: dances, sports nights, movie nights and fund raising for local charity events. The Middle School Student Council promotes school spirit and Chinthe pride through advisory activities.

High School

The ISY High School Student Council aims to:

  • Act as the liaison between the student body of the school and the ISY faculty and administration.
  • Organize and direct school-sanctioned activities, including fund-raising to sustain the various operations of the Student Council.
  • Support charitable organizations such as orphanages and hospitals by donating a portion of the funds raised throughout the year and promoting community service involvement by high school students.
  • Promote school spirit, Chinthe pride, and civic responsibilities among the student body.