August 15th the students arrived at the airport excited but exhausted. Our time in Hong Kong consisted of training and orientation, during which we collectively came up with our credo “One Ship, One Team, One Spirit”.
We left Hong Kong August 18th and spent approximately 9 days at sea. We all went through an adjustment period, physically and mentally. Classes began and students chose their extended essay topics that they will continue to research at various ports of call.
Our time in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam consisted of 3 days of field studies and 1 day of shore leave. We learnt about the Vietnam/American War, eastern religions and philosophies, and were exposed to diverse aspects of Vietnamese culture.
We are now on our way to our third port of call, Brunei. The direction of the wind is favorable so we were able to set the sails for the first time. Going aloft is a popular activity amongst the students, who are always eager to help out in the rigging.
To facilitate productive communication between faculty and students, a student council was formed. Representatives from each watch sat down for the first time with faculty to discuss issues concerning our shared shipboard community. It went well and we’re all looking forward to the next meeting!
This first month hasn’t been easy but we are continuing to adapt to the maritime culture. As we spend time together and have more and more shared experiences, we are becoming a stronger community every day.
"Vietnam - An Enriching Experience": Vietnam marked the beginning of our field studies. We had three very busy days full of enriching experiences that opened our eyes to different perspectives on the Vietnam/American War, and to the wonderful people and culture of this country.
"Adjustments": The first week was all about adjustments. The students and faculty are slowly becoming accustomed to maritime life which has been a challenge physically and mentally.
Over the next few weeks, students will express their interests in clubs and find a teacher to sponsor them. So far, there is interest in Yoga, Photography, and Astronomy.
Field studies in Brunei include a Cultural Immersion Tour, exploring Ulu Temburong National Park, and a visit to the Forestry Museum, Seria Oil and Gas Discovery Centre, and the AgroTech Park
A+ will be launching its Snapchat account at the next port of call! Add us at apluswacademy or by using the QR code below.
We've had a great start to the 2016 academic year. Our students are well under way, and many students are following their adventure with excitement. Just two weeks in to a new academic year we have twelve applications from students looking for their chance to embarque on the same journey in 2017.
We are always looking to share our excitmenet about this program, so if you have any questions or want to learn more about the school or life on board, please don't hesitate to contact Benjamin Grønvold.