Educational travel is a combination of site visits, school tours, and other destinations with an aim of global learning. This enhances knowledge in students that can help them see a clear picture of the theories in their syllabus. Educational tours can be planned in different countries to enable students learn the different work strategies at different places. Usually, different people take up different work tendencies and they have to be managed accordingly.
Most education systems do not focus on the development of life skills and soft skills in students at an early age. Travel teaches the students history, politics, geography and sociology in a way that cannot be done in a class. Students get a real and true world perspective on aspects beyond the normal stereotypes that they hold. Dealing with small situations becomes life lessons to them. Getting to know what the world is like will tighten the grip on reality and make them confident.
Educational trips allows students and teachers to go together outside and away from the classroom setting to a new educational environment. Student have an opportunity to see plenty of things not available in the school such as wildlife, flora and fauna and other physical and manmade features. Discussing with students on the educational tours prior to visits allows them to have a clue on what they should expect while away from school.
It doesn’t matter how much the students learn from an educational travel. The favorite memories will remain the enjoyment and fun part of it. Educational tours reinforce the theoretical aspect of things. Students collect data, analyze it and can pose questions regarding the topic and this acts as an active yet informal way of learning.
Socialization is among the objectives of such tours. Students get to interact with people of different tribes, races, countries and personalities. While interacting, they are able to learn new cultural practices. See the economic activities going on in the new areas and teach them attributes like empathy, respect and tolerance.
Students get exposure when on educational travel. This means they travel away from their usual areas which is school and home. Students who are less fortunate and can’t get an opportunity to travel become advantageous. Students should be fully involved in tours.
On any educational travel, the safety of everyone is important. Teachers should take necessary measures to ensure all students going out are safe throughout. Teachers should give out permission slips a month or two prior to the due date. They should also communicate to parents on this program and get consent from them. The notice to parents should explain the objective of the tour, the duration and the activities. Getting volunteers from the parents to accompany the students will be a great idea.
If you are taking out a large or small number of students, assign a number to each student. Instead of calling out a roll call or an attendance list, simply count the students or you can ask the students to call out the numbers. This should be done at every stopping point to ensure no student is left behind.