EDUCATIONAL TOURS FOR STUDENTS

Canopus Holidays is a school tour organiser based out of Mumbai. It helps school to research, plan and book their own school trips and educational visits quickly and easily. To search to your exact requirements and see in-depth information from suitable providers kindly call today and set an appointment. To see everything within a radius of your choice. Canopus Holidays has the experience of handling students groups, can help make such School tours a rewarding exercise.

Book knowledge is not enough these days; students at all levels require to go beyond the prescribed syllabus. Educational Tours designed to complement the school or college curriculum are very popular these days. The itineraries are designed to stimulate, excite and motivate students in the relevant subject area, and combine learning with fun. The idea is to enhance learning opportunities for students by exposing them to different cultures and concepts across the world. Industrial visits and science centre tours can help widen horizons and provide an insight into current trends and practices.

VISA

Depending on the countries that you will be visiting, your child might have to attend a visa interview in the embassy/consulate of the country issuing the visa. We will take the visa appointments and communicate the dates to you. Your child will also be provided a detailed briefing about what to expect during your visa interview. Your child will have to be present on the date of the visa interview at the embassy/consulate at the time communicated to you. If the embassy/consulate is not located in your city, your child will have to travel to the embassy/consulate at your expense.

DEPARTURE

Students need to be present at the airport at the appointed time. Usually, four hours before the flight. It takes several hours to check in, go through immigration and security check. Boarding for the flight commences 1 hour before the flight and ends 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.Before departure, your child will receive instructions about immigration and customs forms to be filled in for the country where you will be landing.  

 

RELISH THE TRIP:

A tour director from Canopus Holidays will lead your tour. The role of the tour director is to ensure that everything proceeds as per plan. Your child can contact the tour director anytime in case he/she need any help or advice. Your child needs to follow all instructions of the tour director and strictly stick to the timings communicated to the students.

MANAGE DEADLINES

Canopus Holidays makes all the arrangements for your tour months in advance.

It is important for you to adhere to all the payment deadlines provided to you to ensure that your child's reservation is secure.

GET PREPARED FOR THE TOUR

You will receive a detailed itinerary, details of hotels and a copy of your ticket from us.  Students should spend some time on preparation work. Your child should read up about the places you are about to visit. If your child is participating in the Space School program, he/she should read our list of suggested websites to increase your knowledge about NASA, Robotics, Rockets, and the Space Program.

Read our instructions for students and packing tips. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions. It is important to read the code of conduct for students and explain it to your child.

REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENTATION

You need to fill in the registration form provided and submit the necessary documents along with the registration fees.The most important document is a valid passport. Your child's passport needs to be valid for atleast 6 months from your date of travel. If your child does not have a passport or if the passport isabout to expire, you need to get it made/renewed as soon as you decide to send your child for thetour. Other documents required could include bank statement for last six months, income tax returns for three years and id proof of parents.

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR PARENTS

All our tours are teacher led. If you’re interested in sending your child a tour, please send us the contact information of the concerned teacher in his/her school. We will contact the school authorities and pursue it further. Once the school approves the tour, students can register for the tour.

HEALTH & SAFETY

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

Tour directors from Canopus Holidays are trained to handle any minor illness, accident. They carry a complete first aid kit and common medicines to handle any minor injuries or health issues.

In case a student requires medical attention, he/she will be immediately taken to the nearest hospital. We purchase comprehensive travel insurance to take care of any eventuality.

ALLERGIES AND EXISTING MEDICATIONS?

If any student suffers from any allergy or is on medication, please let us know in advance and provide adequate medication along with a doctor’s prescription in case we need to purchase more.

SAFETY INFORMATION:

As a company, the safety of students is our paramount concern. The hotels, activities and places to visit are chosen keeping the safety as the top priority. However, it is very important for students to follow the safety instructions provided to them by the tour director, instructors and the staff at theme parks/attractions.

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I OBSERVE?

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS:

Stay in groups. Do not stray from the group on your own. Students will be provided a slip with the contact number of the tour director and the address and phone number of the hotels. Students should keep this slip in their wallet / purses & contact the tour director using the nearest phone if they get separated from the group. NEVER ACCEPT A LIFT FROM A STRANGER.

AT AIRPORTS:

Stay with the group and do not wander around without taking permission from the tour director/teachers

HOTEL SAFETY:

Never leave valuables in your room unlocked. Keep the door locked and chained when you are in your room. Do not open to strangers. Do not give out your room number to strangers. Never climb out of windows, over balconies, etc. Read the emergency instructions in case of fire alarm. Students should ensure that they know the room numbers of their teachers and tour operators. They should also know how to locate these rooms in case of an emergency. Stay in your room after the designated retiring time and do not wander around in the hotel or try to use the swimming pool at night.

PASSPORT SAFETY:

Students must carry a money belt / handbag and keep their passports safely in the money belt or handbag. Do not carry the passport in the hand or keep it in the seat pouch on the aircraft.

Always carry a copy of your passport in your suitcase and another copy in your hand bag. Hand over your passport to the teacher for safe keeping as soon as your reach our destination.

MONEY:

Do not carry a large amount of cash. Use a prepaid Forex card and memorize the ATM pin or keep it in a safe place away from the card. Keep your cash and card in an inside pocket where it cannot be easily reached.

DO NOT BRING JEWELRY OR VALUABLES:

You will have to travel a lot, this can multiply the chances of losing or forgetting your belongings.

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO INSTRUCTIONS AND OBSERVE THEM:

Listen carefully to all instructions provided by the instructors at Space Center Houston, Kennedy Space Center, theme parks and other attractions and follow the instructions strictly. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action against you.

IN THE BUS:

Safety laws mandate that passengers must remain seated when the bus is in motion. Students should not move around the bus

IN SHOPPING MALLS:

Move around in a group or with a friend. Report at the designated time at the place informed to you.

NOURISHMENT

WHAT FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE TOUR?

We try to accommodate all food preferences but sometimes food options are limited. Indian food is generally available for dinner. During lunch it is mostly American/Continental food. Vegetarian options are always available. Breakfast is served at the hotel and usually offers a choice of fruits, waffles, bread, rolls, pastries, cereals/ corn flakes, milk, juice, tea, coffee, etc.

HOW MANY MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED?

We provide three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. During flights, the meals will be provided by airlines. Students need to specify their in-flight food preferences in the registration form.

WHAT IF I FEEL HUNGRY AT ODD HOURS?

We recommend that you carry some light snacks from home in case you feel hungry at odd hours. Most hotels also have a 24 hour mini-shop / vending machines where you can buy some food items and beverages.

COMMUNICATIONS

HOW DO I CONTACT MY CHILD WHEN HE/SHE IS ON A TOUR?

We will be providing the phone number of the hotels to all parents and school authorities before we leave for the tour. Once the group checks in to the hotels, all parents will be emailed the rooms numbers so that they can speak to the students. Parents, please ensure that you send us your email id.

CAN MY CHILD CALL ME?

Students should not call India from their hotels rooms directly as the rates from the hotel are very expensive. It might cost around $5 per minute to call India; the cost will have to be paid by the student making the call. It is better that the parents call the students before 08:00 Hrs. or after 21:30 Hrs. US time or Europe time.

In the US, students can also purchase calling cards for $5 or $10 to call their parents. A $5 calling card offers about 90 minutes of talk time.

CAN MY CHILD USE HIS/HER MOBILE TO CALL/RECEIVE CALLS?

Students can carry their cell phones with global roaming but the roaming charges are quite expensive.

We endorse usage of International Sim Cards which are easily available with our team at a reasonable cost.

Students can also opt to purchase a disposable handset in the US which costs about $35 and has $10 of talk time. It is expensive to call India using this phone but a calling card worth $3 can be used along with this phone to call India cheaply.

IS INTERNET AVAILABLE IN THE HOTEL?

Wireless Internet is available free of cost at the hotels in the US. In Europe, there might be a small fee for Internet usage. Students can carry their laptops if they wish to use the Internet from their rooms.

In the US, students can use the computers in the business center to email their family/friends.

HOTELS

WHAT KINDS OF HOTELS DOES CANOPUS HOLIDAYS USE?

The hotels are selected based on quality, cleanliness, location and suitability. Most hotels in the US have facilities like free wireless internet, a swimming pool, laundry, ironing board and iron, snack bar, fitness center, computers and printer etc.

 

In Europe, we sometimes use Chateaus in France and Chalets in Switzerland. These are meant specifically for students and accompanying teachers from various countries. Two to eight students might share a room.

 

HOW MANY STUDENTS STAY IN A ROOM?

That depends on the size of the rooms in the hotel.  If the room size is large and has two double beds, 4 students might share the room. If the room size is smaller with two beds, two students will share the room. Usually, in the US it will be four students per room and in Europe it will be 2-3 students per room. In a Chateau or a Chalet, two to eight students might share a room. The room sizes are bigger and have an appropriate number of baths.

 

WHEN WILL WE KNOW OUR HOTEL INFORMATION?

Hotel information will be provided to all students and parents 30 days prior to departure.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENTS

WHAT ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT CAN I CARRY?

Laptops, ipods, Cell Phones and Cameras are allowed, but will be the sole responsibility of the student, we will not take any responsibility for any loss or damage. IPods, Phones or MP3 players will not be allowed during Space School program.

 

WHAT IS THE ELECTRICITY SYSTEM IN THE US/EUROPE?

All electrical and electronic devices in the US work on 110 volts. In Europe, all devices work at 220 volts. Plugs from India won’t fit into sockets in the US and Europe. Students should carry a travel adapter that will allow them to charge their camera/phone/mp3 player or any other device that they might be carrying. These adapters are available at all large electric equipment shops.

AIRLINES & BAGGAGE

WHEN WILL WE KNOW OUR FLIGHT DETAILS?

You will know your flight details about 30 days prior to departure.

WHICH AIRLINES DO YOU USE?

Our choice of airline is based on several considerations. We select the airline based on reputation, fare, seat availability and the travel time involved. The aim is to choose the airline which takes the least time to fly, is the most comfortable and offers us a fare that fits in the budget.

The airlines we have used in the past include Cathay Pacific Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, British Airway, Delta Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, KLM Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Emirates And Lion Air.

CAN I GET FREQUENT FLYER MILES?

Yes, you can get frequent flyer miles from the airline. You need to send us your frequent flyer details at the time of registration.

WHAT LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

On international flights, airlines allow one check-in bag of up to 23 Kgs and one carry one bag (cabin baggage). Some airlines may allow 2 check-in bags of 23 Kgs if the flight is to the US.

However, on internal sectors within the US, the airlines might charge for check-in bags. This charge will have to be borne by the students so it’s better to travel with one bag only.

We strongly recommend that the students travel light. The best guideline is that you can bring what you can carry yourself (not drag on the wheel). Our advice is to pack smart and bring as little as possible.  Students will have to carry their own bags and load / remove them from the bus on their own. They will also have to take their bags on their own to their hotel rooms. See our packing list for specific suggestions.

WHAT ARE THE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS?

Students should carry all delicate equipment such as Cameras, Handy-cams, Laptops, iPods, Cell phones as well as money in their carryon bag. The airlines and our company will take no responsibility for items missing from the baggage.

Liquids such as perfumes, deodorants, mouthwash and any beverages, gels such as shampoo, toothpaste etc are not allowed in carryon baggage. They have to be put in the check in bags else the security will throw away these items before you board the plane. Please look at the website of the specific airlines for exact restrictions on luggage and be careful about the changes in regulations from time to time.

CLOTHING

WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I CARRY?

The clothes you should carry depend on the time of the year. During summers, the temperature will range between 35° to 15°. You should carry 2-3 jeans/skirts, and 10-11 t-shirts/tops. You can also carry a couple of three fourths /shorts. Swimming trunks (not Speedo type but longer trunks like shorts) should be carried by boys and girls can carry appropriate swimwear. You should also carry a towel.

In Winters the temperature will vary between 20° and 0°. Please carry 2-3 jeans, long sleeve shirts/tops, woolens / jacket, thermals and a cap. Carry a daily change of undergarments and a few handkerchiefs.

If you are participating in the Space School program, you are required to dress in your school uniform for the graduation ceremony. Please carry one set of your uniform along with proper shoes. You can carry sneakers/sports shoes or any other shoes you are comfortable in and a pair of bathroom slippers. For a detailed list of things to pack, click here.

CAN I WASH CLOTHES THERE?

In the US, the hotels will have a laundry with a coin-operated washing machine and a dryer. These can be used but we do not recommend washing clothes because ironing will have to be done yourself.

In Europe, the hotels may not have a coin operated washing machine. Public laundries are available but we strongly recommend that you carry enough clothes so that you don’t have to wash them.

Clothes do not get dirty easily in the US and Europe so the same jeans can be worn for several days.

MY SCHOOL IS NOT BASED IN INDIA? CAN YOU ORGANIZE THE PROGRAM FOR US?

We welcome school groups from all over the world. We have organized international educational programs for students from countries other than India in the past. We can organize the land part of the tour and depute a tour director to oversee all the arrangements. However, we can only offer advice regarding the visa application and air tickets for students from outside India. The visa and air tickets will have to be organized by the schools with help from local travel companies. The cost we will provide will be in US Dollars and will exclude visa, airfare and insurance costs.

Cost of the Trip Include:

 

Hotels:

The hotels will be provided based on category in the itinerary. Due to weekend nights, convention period and any other major events in the city we reserve the right to change the hotel away from the city center in order to maintain the hotel category. Right is reserved to substitute hotels for those named in the brochure when necessary. Specific bed types should be requested at time of registration and cannot be guaranteed.

 

Luggage:

Trip members are responsible for their luggage. Our local guide or tour representative will take care of your luggage throughout the journey, but they are not responsible for any losses or damages. All transportation and transfer of two normal size suitcases. Travelers will be responsible for overweight charges imposed by an airline or the company.

 

Meals:

We will provide meals as mentioned in the itinerary. Please note that food is served as per the basic meals. Any additional requirement in meals will be charged at an additional cost. The meal will be provided wherever available and practical. The meals will be standardized and any extra demands the clients have to pay directly to the restaurant. The meal would be Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian. Any request on meal would be considered as per the situation and the availability, but not responsible if any extra cost is applied. Any meals skipped by the clients due to Airline delays, personal issues or any other reason, no refunds will be provided. Any meals taken besides mentioned in the itinerary will have to be on the clients personal cost. We are not responsible for any such charges.

 

Sightseeing:

The company will provide an English speaking guide. Any entrance fees for places visited in the itinerary will be paid by the company. It is very important that everyone follow the instruction given by our guides. Strict action would be taken on violation laws or instructions. Our Local Guides will be present during the City tour to explain and the places as mentioned in the itinerary.

 

Transfers:

All transfers will be provided based on the itinerary. Please note that the transfers may be private or SIC (seat in coach) basis.

 

Cost of the Trip Does not Include:

Passport and Visa expenses, Gratuities, Excessive baggage charges, laundry, premium wines, premium liquor, caviar, and all items of personal nature, your personal shopping, expenses of guides, buses or cars for sightseeing not included in the itinerary, and other items not mentioned as being included.

 

Travel Reservation (rail/air/ship):

As the company has no control over the seats provided by the airline. The passengers are bound to travel by the available seats, and shall not be entitled to cancel the tour program on account of this. For any change in airline, hotel or any other, date made by passenger’s amendments charges will be applicable.

 

Insurance:

The company cannot be responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of personal luggage and belongings, nor can be liable for personal injury, accident or illness. The company offers trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, baggage, accidents and sickness insurances to participants via reputable Travel Protection providers. These costs are not included in the tour cost.

 

Responsibility:

The company reserves the right without notice to withdraw any part or the entire trip and to make such changes as may be necessary, and the resulting extra cost, if any, shall be paid by the trip members. The company reserves the right to change dates and traveling, if any natural calamity have occurred or for the safety of the trip members. No refund will be given on changing dates.

 

Tour Cost:

Tour costs are based on exchange rates and are subject to change depending on international currency fluctuation, fuel surcharges and /or inflation. Prices are quoted in U.S dollars.

 

Resolution Of Disputes:

Any controversy or claim arising from, or relating to the company shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, which arbitration proceedings shall be conducted.

 

Validity:

Itineraries, resort, hotels, airlines, cruise, rail, and prices published in this brochure are subject to change any time without prior notice.

 

Legal discretion Of The Company:

It will provide by the company as per needed. It includes, all the necessary rights needed by the company. The trip member shall not claim the company by any means in which the company is not related. The hotel services, rail services etc., that are not handled by the company will not be liable for any damages or unsatisfactory customer service.

 

Brochure Accuracy:

Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy. We reserve the right to change any brochure information before or after the tour is booked due to any events beyond our control. Tour itinerary, tour price, departure dates, hotels are subject to change. If we are aware of these sufficiently beforehand, we will inform you at the time of booking, otherwise our tour escort or Local representative will inform you of changes on tour.

 

Reservation And Payments:

Early reservations are essential due to our group size. All Payments can be made by Pay Order, Demand Draft, Cheque, Banker’s Cheque, NEFT Money Transfer, RTGS Money Transfer, Cash to Canopus Holidays.

 

Travel Agents Payments:

All travel agents must remit the payment in full to Canopus Holidays before 15-25days of the Tour dates. Please note that failure to do so will release the bookings and all the reservations. There is USD 20.00 bank charge applied in all the Invoices for remittance.

 

Travel Agents Reservation:

The final confirmation must be given at least 10 days before the tour starts.

 

Guaranteed Departure:

Once the company has accepted the final payment for the journey, the departure is guaranteed. The company will provide its highest hospitality from the departure time till the arrival time to your hometown. Each and every member of the tour will be under highest security and safety. The tour would be active, excited, knowledgeable, and unique. The guides and the tour representative would be very friendly and serve you at their best hospitality you have ever seen.

If The Visa Is Not Granted.                              Visa Fees + Service Charges Will Be Deducted.

Cancellation After Registrations.                  30% Of The Excursion Charges.

Cancellation 60 Days Before The Tour.       60 % Of The Excursion Charges.

Cancellation 45 Days Before The Tour.        75 % Of The Excursion Charges.

Cancellation 30 Days Before The Tour.       90 % Of The Excursion Charges.

Cancellation 25 Days Before The Tour / NO SHOW No Refund Will Be Provided.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Air tickets once booked are non – refundable hence in additions to cancellation charges the same will be amended

All The Cancellation Requests Must Be Given In Writing

Verbal Cancellation Appeals Will Not Be Accepted

Due to any circumstances beyond our control like natural calamity, political disturbances, security problems, bad weather, change in air schedule etc., if company pre pone or postpone or cancel some sites of the tour the passenger has no rights to cancel the tour in such circumstances, and no refunds will be payable for whatsoever reasons. Any personal emergency occurred and the member has to fly back to hometown during the trip, no refund for whatsoever shall be provided. No refund shall be provided for unsatisfactory of the trip member during the trip. For some reason if the member is not feeling well and cannot attend the sites or programs the he or she is allowed to do so, with no refund payable for whatsoever reasons. Any cancellation made by the trip member during the trip, will be additionally charge for the cancellation fees, if any. The member shall have no refund if they cancel the trip on the day of boarding, for what so ever reasons. No refunds will be payable, for any unused portion of the tour, due to whatsoever reasons. Lastly, we also reserve the right to cancel a reservation without notice if we become aware of, or if we are notified of any fraud or illegal activity associated with this reservation without any refund.

Importance Of Educational Excursions For Students

The Role Of Study Trips In Education

The primary objective and intent of our schools is to awaken intelligence in the educator and the student. This has to be kept in the forefront of all activities in the school —academic or otherwise—both at the time of design and at the time of implementation of such activities.

 

Although we do not have a blueprint of how to awaken this intelligence, we do know that one of the important factors required is an attentive state of mind. We also know that this attentive state of mind cannot be forced, ordered or planned. It can come into being under certain conditions—when fear is absent, when there is the joy of discovery, when the mind has a quality of quietness and is not preoccupied with achieving an objective or end.

 

Educational trips that form a part of the school curriculum are very valuable as they provide the students the opportunity of learning through travel, especially to places that they may not otherwise get to visit. Apart from this, the trips also provide relief from the drudgery that academic study sometimes becomes, an opportunity for close interaction with peers that students enjoy so much, and a chance for the teacher to observe and interact with the student in a structure different from and more informal than the classroom.

 

More important, however, these trips emphasize the attentive mind, enabling a sense of discovery and a quality of quietness. And this emphasis need not come in the way of such trips being ‘fun’, as they are meant to be.

 

How does one plan and organize a trip with these objectives? In this article I will outline some guidelines that we have found useful for such educational trips, giving examples from two trips that we have organized in recent years.

 

Plan The Trip With A Purpose

There has to be a central objective of the trip. Merely visiting a place for sightseeing is hardly adequate. A broad theme or a central question provides a focus for the trip.

 

Instance:

Visit Pondicherry in order to see the influence of the French

Visit the Cauvery delta to study the features of a river delta

Visit Goa to understand the former Portuguese Province

 

Design modules for observation and study of different aspects of the central objective, these study modules should allow for the children to work in small groups of seven to ten students and a teacher / an adult. Each module should require the group to engage in various activities in order to study aspects of the objective through observation, inspection and interviews.

 

Some Examples Of The Study Modules Planned Are Given:

The influence of the French upon Pondicherry can be studied by

 

  • Observing the buildings in the French part of Pondicherry.
  • Recording conversations in the French-Tamil dialect spoken by many residents of Pondicherry.
  • Features of the Cauvery delta can be studied by
  • Keeping a record of the rivers and distributaries crossed, and making a map of them as one journey through the delta region.
  • Recording elevation of towns as one travels through the delta region, and then representing the towns and elevation on a graph to show the gradual descent to the seacoast.
  • Taking soil samples and analyzing the components to understand delta soils & their fertility.
  • Record the observations through written as well as visual means

 

 

This is a very important part of the trip. Every participant should keep a daily record of his observations. These could include answers to questions raised by the teacher leading the group, responses to tasks set, or individual experiences and insights. Apart from the written and narrative record, sketches must be included as a visual record.

 

For Instance, Students Could Be Asked To:

 

  • Sketch a part of a building that is typically French.
  • Sketch a view of the rolling fields of the delta showing the intensity of cultivation, canals bringing water and other features.
  • Sketching is an activity central to our objectives. It develops aspects of the brain that tend to be relegated to the background in an educational system that is intellect oriented and memory intensive. Visual articulation demands a deeper engagement with the subject and a new level of understanding is enabled in the student.

 

Most students (and adults) can sketch, but are inhibited from doing so. To develop this facility, students should be asked to make a sketch a day for at least three months prior to the trip. This activity will take only fifteen minutes a day, and within a few weeks every student will acquire the confidence to sketch. Sketching as an activity slows down the process of thinking, making the eye follow the flow of pencil over paper, while coordinating with close observation of forms, outlines and textures of the subject being sketched. During these sessions, both prior to and on the trip, it is possible to demand complete attention to the task, seating the students separately so that the compulsive talking that they are habituated to is avoided.

 

Organize Investigations By Individual Students

Each student should be allotted a topic for individual investigation that originates from actual observations. The investigation should require the student to cross subject boundaries and not remain restricted within the confines of a particular subject. This enables the student to see more links with his or her topic and appreciate that most real-life issues need to be approached in a multi-disciplinary way. The investigation should also trace the threads of the topic to the situation in the world today, and how it affects or applies to every human being.

 

Put It All Together

After returning from the trip, the group should make a presentation to the rest of the school, bringing out the highlights, the observations, the investigations and the questions raised and discussed. This presentation can be made attractive with visuals, sketches and charts prepared by the students. We believe that work-reducing technological substitutes such as photographs and video recordings should be avoided. The act of sharing the multilayered, rich experiences of an educational trip would bring together its various strands and allow a certain consolidation of the collective learning that has taken place. The individual experiences of the participants we hope will, however, live on in their minds, and help them to appreciate more deeply the nature of looking, thinking and learning. In doing this they may come upon something of the quality of intelligence.

 

When someone is seeking... it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means to have a goal; but finding means to be free, to be receptive and to have no goal.

 

Why School Should Have Education Trips?

Memories of school Educational trips are among the most prominent of the formative years, largely because they are a welcome break in the routine for both students and teachers. While their purpose is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.

Reinforcement

The trip can reinforce what a teacher has been instructing in class about a subject and help students understand the topic better.

Engagement

Teachers turn trips into mobile classrooms, instructing students to collect data, then quizzing them or assigning a project based on what they learned during the outing.

Socialization

Taking students into a new environment gives them the experience of traveling in a group and teaches them to be respectful of the locations they visit.

Exposure

Kids get to visit a place to which they have never been before. This can be particularly advantageous to students who are less fortunate and don't have the opportunity to travel.

Curiosity

Students who go on Educational trips find that they want to learn more about the subjects on which the trip focused.

Retention

The type of memories that Educational trips create, called “episodic memories,” helps children retain information for longer periods.

 

What Is The Importance Of Educational Trips?

Educational trips are important in many ways. Going on an Educational trip means more than simply leaving the school grounds. Educational trips should always have a major educational element, but the impact of Educational trips can extend much further. The importance of Educational trips includes giving students the chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, experience new environments and enjoy a day away from the classroom

New Sights

When students and teachers are together outside the classroom, new educational environments and experiences are possible. Students may have the opportunity to observe many things that are not available at school, including exotic wildlife, rare plants and maybe even the stars if the Educational trip is to a planetarium. Discussing the Educational trip beforehand is wise because it allows students to know what they will experience during their time away from school

 

Bonding

Getting away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gives students an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment. They may be able to connect on more of a personal level without the structure of the normal school day. Students may be able to spend much of the Educational trip day in small groups, observing, chatting and learning about each other. Having a Educational trip in the early part of the term is wise, since it will allow students to bond with classmates they may not know very well.

 

Informal Learning Environment

Educational trips provide valuable educational opportunities away from the classroom, without using textbooks and other tools used in a normal school setting. Students on Educational trips can often learn while having fun in a more informal environment. If the Educational trip destination has staff members who do hands-on teaching with visiting students -- such as at a science center or historical museum -- the children will be excited to learn from someone new

 

Fun

No matter how much students learn during a Educational trip, their favorite memories may be based on their enjoyment of the day. Getting away from school for a day or even half a day is always exciting for students, and Educational trips are always highly anticipated. Students will have fun with their friends and they also may return to the classroom with a renewed focus on their schoolwork.

How Do Students Benefit From Educational Trips?

 

Why Teachers Should Go On Educational Trips?

Educational trips can give students exposure to places they might not otherwise visit.

Many schools, camps and institutions offer Educational trips for students to spend several hours or days outside of the classroom. Educational trips range from local visits to civic offices or businesses to international excursions, complete with overnight stays. Whatever their scope, Educational trips can offer many advantages to the students who take them.

Perspective

Part of how students benefit from Educational trips is by gaining new perspectives on the world. This is especially true for more extensive Educational trips where students travel farther away from home. By coming into direct contact with a different environment or even a new culture or language, students can better understand their place in the community and develop openness to differences in others.

Variety

Educational trips also function to put some variety into otherwise regimented lesson plans. Instead of spending every day in the classroom, students get to learn in a new environment with new instructors. Educational trips also may give students a chance to interact with students from other schools as they learn together or participate in group activities

Learning Styles

Educational trips will often cater to more than one learning style, making them excellent teaching tools for certain students. Classroom lectures apply primarily to audio learners, who learn best by listening. Visual learners can benefit from visual aids, which exist in the classroom, but are much more frequent during an Educational trip. Finally, for tactile learners, Educational trips offer an uncommon opportunity to perform hands-on learning.

Classroom Supplement

It's important for instructors and school administrators to choose Educational trips that augment existing lesson plans and synchronize with classroom learning. A Educational trip that teachers choose for these reasons can serve to illustrate difficult concepts or extend the general natural of a classroom lesson by giving more specific information. The specialists who lead school groups on Educational trips also may be able to provide professional insight from advanced study or direct experience that teachers could never provide alone.

Reward

Before an Educational trip even takes place, it can begin to produce benefits for students. By not allowing students with behavioral or academic problems to participate in an Educational trip, teachers can encourage good behavior and motivate students to work hard with the prospect of a Educational trip looming as a reward. Even the most informative Educational trips usually have an element of recreation, making them a time to unwind for all students.

 

Why Teachers Should Go On Educational Trips?

Educational trips are educational experiences that allow students to apply their lessons to the real world. These trips tend to be the most memorable moments of a student's career.

Educational And Relaxing

Students are more likely to learn on a Educational trip because their minds are relaxed. They aren't worried about the competitive classroom setting.

Break From The Routine

Students see Educational trips as extended play time. If you find that you are approaching a topic that drains on your students, consider applying a relevant Educational trip to make the topic more enjoyable.

Learn Something New

There are facts that aren't included in the textbooks that are fascinating to know. Many experts can share knowledge to further the learning process about your topic.

Teaches Professionalism

Teachers expect students to be on their best behavior during Educational trips. This is a way to teach students how to act properly and show their manners in a professional setting.

Enhanced Sense Of Community

If your Educational trip is to a local destination, students will gain a better understanding about their community. This sometimes boosts the students' interest in being an active citizen to help preserve what makes the community special.

 

Creates An Interest In New Professions

Educational trips usually involve a tour director or representative who leads the group. These representatives can give students insight into the careers that are available for those who are interested in that particular topic.

 

The Advantages Of Educational Tours?

Visiting the Historical places, watching wild life or asking a NASA Scientists about space travel are all possibilities for Educational trip excursions that are stimulating and educational. One issue that is reducing Educational trip opportunities is a lack of financial resources. Classrooms that are faced with budget restrictions should consider fund-raising programs or ask one of their school's local business partners to donate a portion of the funds. Consider a tour of a local factory, restaurant or bank that would require only transportation and meal costs to create an affordable Educational trip and valuable community relations between businesses and students.

 

Real-World Experience

Educational trips provide an opportunity for total immersion in the natural environment and social setting. On such excursions, the student practices his social skills and critical thinking abilities outside of the controlled class setting. Being able to ask experts about their particular area of study on the spot requires thinking. He is able to learn real-world lessons.

 

Classroom Inspiration

A student who sees, touches and smells historical relics, ancient artifacts and original sources of text becomes motivated to learn more in depth when he returns to the classroom. Educational trips stimulate learning beyond what textbooks and videos can provide to the learning environment. This is not to say that all Educational trips are equally stimulating, but those excursions that are well-designed result in higher levels of academic achievement in every subject of study. He is learning in an informal setting when on a Educational trip that is directed by professionally trained staff, such as at a museum or science center. This allows all participants to learn without realizing it, which reaches more students from various learning backgrounds and styles.

 

Connection To Community

For low-income students or students who are new to the school, Educational trips that take advantage of local resources promote community connectivity. For example, a student may not ever have the opportunity to visit a local park or banks, which are important resources within a community for both the student and his family. Students from non-English-speaking families or who have recently moved to the community get the chance to learn about the local area with the guidance of their school, as well as share the information with their family when they return home.

 

Educational Trip Guidelines?

On any Educational trip, the safety of students is by far the most important consideration. Follow guidelines to minimize the chances of an Educational trip disaster.

Permission Slips

Hand out permission slips at least a month before the date of the trip. To avoid having to hound your students until the last minute, consider offering a class reward such as extra recess time if all permission slips come back at least a week before the trip.

Parent Chaperones

Send home a notice to parents explaining the educational objectives of your trip and requesting volunteers

Assign Numbers To Your Students

If you have a large group of students, consider assigning each student a number at the beginning of the trip. Then, instead of checking off an attendance list or making a head count, you can ask students to call out their numbers in order in rapid fashion.

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