Student trips, or educational trips as they are otherwise known, are an important way of learning as we have fun. The truth of the matter is that many a time, learning everything in the confines of classrooms tends to become monotonous and our brains tend to get bored. Below we are going to look at some of the reasons why it is important for us to go on student trips.
This is the perfect opportunity for students to learn new things that they did not learn in class. Outside the classroom, new educational environments and experiences are possible between the teachers and the lecturers, and the students will explore things such as wildlife, plants, landscapes and even the stars. They can also discover that they have a passion for new hobbies such as surfing or para gliding.
The time that the students spend away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gives them an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment. Their relationships can become more personal without the structure of the normal school day. They can spend most of the time in small groups, observing, chatting and learning about each other. Having an 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 are the perfect opportunity for valuable educational opportunities away from the classroom. During the trips, students can forget all about textbooks and other tools used in a normal school setting. The more informal environment actually tends to make the learning experience a lot more fun. If the Educational trip destination has staff members who do hands-on teaching with visiting students, such as at a metrological center or historical museum, the children will be excited because someone new will be teaching them.
The enjoyment of the day is the ultimate climax of the trip, no matter how much students learn during an Educational trip. Getting away from school for a few days 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.
Having looked at some of the reasons why it is important to plan educational trips for students, we are now going to look at Rustic Pathways, a global facilitator of educational travel experiences and services. It was founded by Chris Stakich, who after graduating from Harvard University in 2001, and has since helped the Chardon, Ohio-based organization grow more than 40 times in size. He also the co-founder of Thinking Beyond Borders and USA Gap Year Fairs, and helped launch Thrival World Academies.
Below we are going to focus on an interview that he had with Courtney Emdt, of the Student Group Tour Magazine.
When asked which country he would recommend every student visit
According to Chris, Burma was the perfect destination, with its transition from a horrible military dictatorship, with black zones that prevent visitors and information sharing to unprecedented changes and it’s amazing to meet the people in the far corners of the country. Burma is one of the most beautiful countries in all of Southeast Asia, and to top it off, it is still largely undeveloped.
The key to developing philanthropic leaders
Rustic Pathways provides students with hands-on learning experiences, allowing them to develop an understanding of different cultures. It also offers a new perspective on complex global issues. Giving back to the community is one of the things that Rustic Pathways focuses on, broadening the students understanding of the culture and community. They operate in more than 20 countries and are open to more customized destinations. Students can ride on ox carts and sleep in yurts unlike the regular buses and hotels.
How students are transformed through Rustic Pathways
Despite so many students being transformed by Rustic Pathways, one stands on in Chris’s view, Sam Stevens of St. Louis. He traveled to New Orleans in 2007 on their Rebuilding New Orleans program, where he worked on reconstruction efforts, and explored the city’s local culture and flavor.
On returning home, Stevens busied himself with initiatives in his hometown, receiving service scholarship from Tulane University where returned to New Orleans the following year to begin his undergraduate studies. As a college student, Stevens became immersed in the rebuilding scene, working at the St. Bernard Project. After graduating, he became site manager for a few of the projects that partnered with Rustic Pathways.
Recently, he graduated with a Masters from Tulane’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, and during this time, he worked for a disaster recovery consulting firm reconciling damages from Hurricane Katrina to state-owned buildings. Currently, he is a program manager for Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, a nonprofit organization that rebuilds homes for locally displaced teachers. For Stevens, his Rustic Pathways charted the way to his future.
How educators can help students like Sam Stevens prepare for a life-changing trip
The curriculum should be directed towards the country’s history and cultural norms, or traditions that differ from their own. Giving students the opportunity to time to reflect and journal about their expectations for the experience, why they chose to participate, what they are hoping to gain from it or what they think will be most challenging, aids mentally and emotionally in preparation for their trip.
It is now time for us to move some of our studies out of the classrooms and concentrate on going on student trips that are helpful to students. The trips should be both enjoyable and educative, even influencing our lives the way that they did Stevens.