As far as learning experiences go, there are few better than travelling. Going on a school trip is not only one of the most memorable experiences a person can have growing up but it sets the stage for future adventures later in life. Taking school trips can do wonders for student academic development and citizenship by exposing students to the outside world in a nurturing learning environment.
Particularly in the case of history or geography school trips, students can directly connect what they are learning about in class instead of it merely being something abstract from a textbook. This even has great roots in the food service industry or for any students keen on expanding their culinary palettes, as travelling not only allows you to see great things, but to taste, learn to prepare and witness the growing conditions and land that gave rise to certain types of food. After all, the world is meant to be explored and not simply studied from afar.
Here are just some of the many benefits associated with taking a school trip. Teachers and school administrators – take note (students and parents, let your school know you’re interested!)
Gets Students Out of Their Comfort Zone
It’s really easy as a young person to get stuck in a rut of not really doing anything, while it’s also easy to get so focused on your studies and entrance exams that you never do anything else. We as adults often forget that much of what students know about or take interest in comes from what we expose them to, and if we want them to be culturally aware, socially responsible citizens, we need to show them how. Travel, will get them out of this comfort zone that can lead to boredom.
Disenfranchisement is far too common among young people who don’t feel a connection or feel passionate about anything in this world and travel is a great solution to this. Taking a tour of a medieval village, walking the streets of a foreign market or gazing up at the intricate design of a famous building can inspire students much more than just telling them about it.
Fosters Acceptance and Tolerance
Many of the world’s problems would be reduced if we gained perspective into the way others live. Young people often exist in a sort of bubble that includes only what they see in their immediate lives, such as their peer groups, neighbourhood and from their family – by taking them on a school trip to some far off land and having them try different things, they see there is more than one way to live happily. It’s easy to be scared by difference, but fortunately it’s easy to turn that fear into understanding simply by being exposed to it.
Encourages Lifelong Learning
Key among the principles of education is this notion of lifelong learning and there is no better classroom than the world we live in. Making connections between what is learned in school and the real world are fundamental to developing citizens who are perpetually striving for self improvement, solving problems and being open to new ideas long after they have retired from their formal education. Students who are able to make these connections and see learning as a pleasure rather than a chore are far more likely to become adults who do the same.