Educational travel – experiences that students will need and deserve…
The benefits of traveling on an international school trip with students have long been reported on. The enhancement of in classroom learning, exploring cultural differences, along with social and personal benefits are just the start of a very long list.
Coming into 2021, we have a feeling the weighting and importance of these benefits may have just shifted ever so slightly. Having witnessed schools closing and re-opening, children coming in and out of self-isolation, never before has planning international learning and travel experiences for our young people been more important. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it feels good to remind ourselves of the importance of these benefits.
Students had a tough year in 2020, and it seems there are still tough times ahead in 2021, so for teachers planning a trip for later this year or in 2022, we believe these benefits will be the biggest driving factors.
Resilience – for us one of the ‘hot’ words of 2020. Young and old have astounded us all with the resilience they have shown during these challenging times. Travel has long been a tonic for pepping up our resilience levels. Following a year where these possibilities have been restricted to such an extent, these opportunities are more important than ever before!
(Re) Building Confidence
Spending too long within our four walls with children having to communicate via zoom and teams, gaming consoles, mobile phones and social media is not what teachers or parents and carers would ideally have planned for children. Missing chapters of building new friendships and spending time doing activities in groups will all have contributed to our children’s confidence taking a knock. There’s no doubt that travelling internationally with school, accompanied by teachers and friends will provide your students with the much needed confidence boost they need.
Nurturing social skills and interaction
Testing their language skills, navigating a new country and enjoying independence away from home will force students to re-engage and use their natural social skills. Best of all, they’ll have a condensed period of time away together, where life, and using these core skills will quickly feel very normal again.
Just some normality…
Who would have thought normality would have meant so much to us and would have been something we would all crave to such an extent? Attending school, playing with friends, going on school trips, exploring our world. It’s not unusual, it’s the norm.
Together let’s start getting plans in place to give our young people these very real life experiences. They deserve it.
Plan now for later this year or even plan ahead for 2022…we’re ready when you’re ready! Start planning…