Take a Virtual Tour of UWC Thailand
UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC Thailand International School became the 16th member of the UWC movement in 2016. Since then our aim has been to realise the UWC mission by delivering a mindful, well-rounded education to a deliberately diverse community. This is underpinned by our belief in the connection between a “Good Heart, Balanced Mind, and Healthy Body”.
or browse the various programme videos below to learn more about our school.
Lural Ramirez – Head of School
Welcome to UWC Thailand
Encircled by virgin rainforest, UWC Thailand sits nestled in the foothills of Phuket’s green-capped mountains, away from the island’s busy city centres. Our unique location is both symbolic and intentional; a physical reminder that in addition to academic rigour, the UWC Thailand community values global citizenship, wellness, and environmental stewardship. From monitoring coral reefs to embedding positively focused mindfulness, the betterment of our students, our community, and our planet are at the centre of everything we do.
Jonathan Field – Secondary Principal
Our Secondary School
Our secondary programme runs from Grade 6-12, following the IB MYP G6-10 and DP G11-12 curriculum. The MYP’s unique approach to curriculum prepares students to be active participants in our global society through the study of eight subject groups. In order to build academic and individual independence, the MYP also values the IB’s Approaches to Learning (ATLs), which help students master self-management. The DP is designed to be both academically challenging and balanced, with externally marked final examinations that prepare students for success at university and life beyond.
Kurtis Peterson – Primary Principal
Our Primary School
Kanok Chupak – School Director
Our Thai Programme
To understand our shared humanity, we need the opportunity to experience it. To become members of a global community we need to be in situations where the breadth and diversity of humanity is represented. Our programme allows students to experience Thai language and culture first hand. Most importantly, we need to approach all these things with open-mindedness and curiosity.
Nicki Robertson – Dean of Students and CIS & IB Self Study Coordinator
Pastoral Care at UWC Thailand
Len Peters – School and University Counsellor
Counselling and Life Beyond UWC Thailand
The goal of all IB schools is to create “inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people who are motivated to succeed.” Post-secondary educational options are many and varied, much like the profile of our UWC Thailand student body. Many students are clear they wish to attend university, and are determined to pursue a specific course of study. Others want to attend university though have no idea what to study, or where. We are keen to support each student’s aims and do our utmost to facilitate their transition from UWC Thailand to the next part of their educational journey.
Lucy Keller – Head of Mindfulness
Mindfulness as a Core Pillar
Joost Langendonck – Director of Sport
Sport and Activities at UWC Thailand
At UWC Thailand International School physical activity is an integral part of campus life. Together with our next door neighbour and close partner Thanyapura, our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for Football, Track & Field, Swimming, Fitness, Triathlon, Muay Thai, and Tennis. UWC Thailand also offers a wide variety of after school activities including drama, Pilates, sailing, MUN and STEAM. Through the school’s Extra Curricular Activities (ECAs), students are able to train within high performance programmes. Likewise, our Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) offer students an opportunity to pursue staff-led sporting and non-sporting activities.
Heidi Oxley-Whitnell – CAS & Service Learning Coordinator
Service Learning at UWC Thailand
Service provides students with the opportunity to put their values into practice on a daily basis. As an integral part of our programme, students engage in service activities starting in Primary School; participating in beach clean-ups, campus-wide sustainability projects, and working within our local community to develop a life-long commitment to giving back. Far from “volun-tourism”, UWC Thailand is committed to building deep and sustained connections with the local community through reciprocal relationships.
Rob Carmichael – Head of Outdoor Education & EOTC
Outdoor Education at UWC Thailand
Joel Fisher – Arrowsmith Program Director
The Arrowsmith Program is based on the philosophy that it is possible to address specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening weak cognitive capacities. The Arrowsmith Program first identifies areas of learning strength and weakness within the student through careful assessment in order to create an individualised learning profile. It then utilises the science of neuroplasticity to design a programme of individualised exercises that target the student’s precise areas of weakness.
Erica Lindberg & Sarah Lawrence – Learning Support Teachers
Student Learning Support
Andrew Raftery – Director of Residential Life
Our Boarding Programme
In the UWC Thailand boarding house, we believe the most authentic way to develop intercultural understanding is by uniting students from more than 50 different countries over meals, successes, failures, movies, hikes, songs, debates, dances, volleyball, football, poetry, food (did we mention that already?), and washing laundry together for more than 280 days each year. UWC Thailand’s boarding facilities consist of an 84-student Boarding House, as well as satellite villas—when needed—just a three-minute walk from campus. Boarding staff live on campus or at the villas, and there is always a member of staff willing to lend an ear or a hand.
Wendy Van Bramer – Director of DP Admissions & NC Liaison