What does the word “travel” mean to you?
For us it means much more than just taking a trip, it means an opportunity to immerse oneself into a different culture. Trying different foods, hearing different languages, and seeing how others live can be an eye-opening and educationally beneficial experience for students of any age.
Travel doesn’t need to be across the world, or for an extensive amount of time to be educational. It can be a field trip to a local aquarium, or perhaps the biggest aquarium in the U.S., it’s up to you!
So what are the educational benefits of travel?
- Historic Knowledge: How many times have you heard your students say how boring history is? You can read about it in a textbook – or you can experience it. Show them how cool history is with a trip to the 9/11 Memorial in New York or a Civil War reenactment in Virginia.
- New Perspectives: Not all kids have traveled, and some have never even left their hometown. They don’t realize how big the world around them is. Students can experience completely new sounds, sights, and smells while traveling, a chance to broaden their horizons in the most impactful way.
- Thematic Learning: Creating a “theme” for your travel group makes learning fun. If your class enjoyed a recent project on dinosaurs, you might choose a dinosaur dig theme. Maybe you’re teaching an art class and a gallery tour may excite your students. A theme helps keep your trip flowing. Other popular themes here at AST are Fashion, Theater, and Disney.
- Language Advancement: If you’re traveling with high school students, they have likely spent two or three years learning Spanish or French. Why not give them the opportunity to practice their skills in real-life situations? Being able to use the information they’ve learned solidifies the importance of it. A trip to the French Quarter in New Orleans allows students order their lunch in French. A trip to Little Havana in Miami gives students the chance to share their travel experiences in Spanish with the locals.
Now that we’ve given you plenty of educationally beneficial reasons to start planning a trip for your students, we’d love to hear from you and start creating your experience today!