Not to miss: Taking students into deep forest, JIS teachers taught them how to survive in the forest

In today’s society full of challenges and changes, it is necessary to know survival skills as the more practice a person has, the better they can adapt. As adults, we always try to protect children by all means; however, the best way for them to overcome difficulties and danger in life is to equip them with “survival” skills. With this in mind, on November 16th, Japanese International School (JIS) organized a field trip to Ban Rom ecotourism area in Soc Son District. The theme of the field trip was “Survival skills in deep forest”.

Year 4 and 6 CIP students disguised before going mountain climbing

In this field trip, classes were grouped and students joined in several activities including: hunting, making a stretcher, treating a wound, disguising and climbing mountain. No one knows in advance what may happen on a trip. Therefore, people need to have self-defence skills and a ready, proactive attitude to face any situation. 

Putting up a shelter is one of the important skills that students must know when entering the forest. Depending on the terrain and circumstance, with suitable materials, we decide how to set up a tent where we can keep our bodies warm and be safe. When an accident occurs, people must know how to treat the wound in time to avoid blood loss or infection.

Besides, in the forest, everyone must know how to disguise to avoid wild dangerous animals. In this activity, students learned some of the most popular camouflage methods such as face painting, leaf weaving. To find the way out, climbing skills are also very important. Students learned the technique to climb the mountain and walk in the forest, avoid losing strength and minimize falling. Then the stretcher-making activity using the available materials in the wild, or how to purify water with simple tools and learned how to start a fire.

Students learned how to safely climb a mountain. While in the deep forest, it is vital to unite and help each other.

This trip aimed to help children better understand the concept of "what is survival?", what are needed to survive and things that can save lives in extreme conditions such as in the forest or on a deserted island. The survival instinct exits in every person since birth but in order to become a skill, it must be trained and practiced and not in a day or two. Facing the same dangerous situation, some people know how to escape and some others die. It could simply a step, a calm decision in the moment of life or death.

In addition to school education, it is important that parents teach their children survival skills. Things that are sometimes thought of as small, but children have to remember phone numbers, know to make noise to attract attention when they are lost, in danger, when they are at home alone, when they have nothing to eat … Teach your children survival skills everywhere, any time. Nothing is as effective as children being educated through practical experiences such as the JIS field trip.

Below are some pictures of JIS teachers and students in this field trip:

Teachers instructed students how to disguise

Teachers helped students to disguise

Drawing faces to scare away dangerous animals

Not only students but teachers were also interested in drawing cat faces


Many people would laugh at the disguise of our students

After the disguise, students started the mountain climbing

Teachers always followed and ensured students’ safety

Due to the sloping road and there were many slippery pine leaves, teachers were leading and encouraging students to move forward


Mr. Sidney Rose (Vice Principal and Director of CIP) became the “bodyguard” for our female teachers and students.

After crossing the steep cliffs, the children enjoyed the fresh air in the mountains.

In some circumstances, people may be injured. So first aid skills and wound dressing are important to avoid blood loss and infection.

They learned how to make a stretcher.

Year 3 JIP students were eager to learn how to make a stretcher.


Mr. Sho played the role of a victim who had to be carried on a stretcher 


In the jungle, it may be raining or travellers may have to spend the night there, so everyone should know how to set up a shelter.

From tying a knot to staking down the corners, students had to make sure the tent did not fall down.

They were also taught how to purify water to drink, avoiding abdominal pain or diarrhoea

The children enjoyed picking up pine cones

Pine cones were not only toys but also materials to burn to cook food

Students learned the skill of starting a fire

After practicing survival skills, they participated in team building activities with many fun games


Students enjoyed the sack race

Fetching water and crossing the handmade bamboo bridge


Holes on pipes had to be covered so that water did not leak out.

This game required skills and team spirit.

Teachers helped students cross the handmade bamboo bridge

Teachers and students blew up balloons

The field trip was an occasion for the students to not only learn basic survival skills but also to be closer to nature

With each field trip like this, students could relieve some of the pressure after hours of learning and do some exercises.

In difficult situations, students would know to unite and support one another.


Before coming back to school, all students said thank you and goodbye to all staff of Ban Rom ecotourism area.

Video: The field trip of JIS teachers and students on VTC14 channel.

Thanh Trung