October 2, 2019

My SAS Story Prologue: recording my habits, goals, and skills gained

Welcome to my fourth blog post about my School at Sea adventure. In case you missed my other posts, you can find out more about me here and find all my entries to date here. This post is the prologue to a series of six blog posts I will be writing along the way to document my journey. These posts will be summaries of a log that I write for School at Sea called my ‘SAS Story’. I will write these SAS Stories between Amsterdam – Tenerife, Tenerife – Dominica, Dominica – Panama, Panama – Cuba, Cuba – Azores, and Azores – Ijmuiden. Each post will include input from the team about my efforts, teamwork, independence, and development in general throughout ...continue reading »

September 8, 2019

School at Sea: practical preparations

Welcome to my third blog post about my School at Sea adventure, largely sponsored by Tutors International. In case you missed my first two posts, you can find out more about me here and read about how I achieved my fundraising goal. This post focuses on the preparations I have to make for the journey. The first stage is making sure I have all the equipment I need to take. This includes clothes, school supplies, medication, camping gear, and so on. School at Sea provides those taking part with an extensive supplies list, noting everything from how many pieces of underwear to pack through to what kinds of electronic devices we can take on board. After the first week of ...continue reading »

September 4, 2019

School at Sea: my fundraising journey

Welcome back; this is my second blog post about my School at Sea adventure. In case you missed it, you can read my first blog post (and find out a little more about me). In this post, I’m going to tell you a bit about raising the funds for my trip. This is the first step of my journey.  Fundraising is the first lesson that SaS (School at Sea) teaches its students. All students with SaS take part in their fundraising training. These sessions also enable us to meet the crew and the other students for the first time. There are three fundraising sessions. You learn about the importance of your own network: who you know and who those people ...continue reading »

September 1, 2019

Introduction: about me, Tobias Zijlstra

Firstly, to introduce myself: I am Tobias Zijlstra. I am 16 years old, and I live in the Netherlands with my parents and my sister. This year, I will be taking part in School at Sea, a six-month programme which provides students with the opportunity to continue schooling whilst travelling aboard a sailing ship. The global private tuition company Tutors International, which has a specialist sea-based tuition division called Sea Tutors, has provided a sponsorship. This funding has given me the chance to sail with School at Sea from October 2019 through to April 2020. To give you more an idea of who I am, I go to school at a fairly small secondary school in Arnhem which is called ...continue reading »

August 22, 2019

Tutors International announces sponsorship

Tutors International today announces sponsorship of 15-year-old Dutch student Tobias Zijlstra who is set to take part in the School at Sea programme in October 2019 OXFORD, UK: Global private tuition firm Tutors International is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Dutch pupil to take part in School at Sea. Tobias Zijlstra, a 15-year-old secondary school student from the Netherlands, will complete the six-month programme which provides students with the opportunity to continue their schooling whilst aboard a sailing ship. School at Sea enables students to continue with their curriculum whilst sailing for six months, providing the opportunity to gain sailing and travelling experience, and encouraging students to take responsibility for their educational progress. Tobias Zijlstra, who will sail with School ...continue reading »