The owners of LooLa, Dr. Marc van Loo and Ms. Isabelle Lacoste, have taught at schools and universities in Singapore since 1991. Isabelle was founder and Coordinator of a 500 student strong French Language program at NTU, and is currently President of the Association Of French Teachers In Singapore, as well as IB CAS coordinator at GESS. Marc was Professor of Math and Physics at a local affiliate of CalState U as well as Coordinator of Critical Thinking at NTU, and has taught mathematics, physics and TOK at ACS(I), SJI(I), UWCSEA, and GESS. He is chief editor of an authorative Cambridge University Press Book on the IB Diploma (detailed educational resume is posted on this book site).
We have developed (and continue to review) LooLa together with Outdoor Ed specialists from visiting schools to ensure we continue to deliver the best educational programs this region has on offer.
This approach has made LooLa the favourite destination for overseas school trips. In 2010, for instance, we ran around 100 (!) school trips, including 8 level camps, and our regular school visitors include Singaporean schools (at Primary, Secondary, ITE, Poly and JC level) and many International schools based in Singapore – see here for a more complete List.
Objectives met by our programs: Character-building; Leadership; team bonding; survival; ruggedness and adventure; self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness; global, national and cultural awareness, appreciation of (marine) nature and local culture; programs incorporating history, economy, maths, science and eco curriculum; programs for NYAA, NPCC, TAF; and our celebrated CIPs (Community Involvement Programs, pioneered by Loola since the year 2000) – take your pick and we will personalize the program for you!