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School Trips: Taking the Hassle Out of Educational Travel

Here's why you should travel abroad for your next school trip!

By Kait Baker-Smith | 05th December, 2023
Updated on 23rd January, 2024

If you’re planning your next school trip or group project, this is why we think you should go abroad. 

For a little extra work, the benefit can vastly outweigh a domestic school trip. And, we’re here to support you every step of the way. From choosing the right trip to pre-departure, arrival, and time spent at your destination, our team is happy to help.

On top of ‘real-world’ experience, going overseas might just be the best learning mechanism imaginable for young people.

It can lead to personal development in the form of:

  • Increased confidence, sense of curiosity, and independence
  • Leadership and problem-solving skills
  • A better understanding of global challenges
  • First-hand engagement with the wider world

Not to mention, memories that will last a lifetime.

Keep reading to learn more, or book a consultation to discuss your next school trip with Projects Abroad.

Cultural Exchange

We believe the best way to understand something is to see it for yourself. When you go abroad, students are immersed in a different culture which exposes them to new people, food, beliefs, customs, and much more.

They’ll gain new perspectives and feel connected to the wider world. It will give them insights into how others live, which can become a valuable new way of thinking. This can lead to increased confidence, curiosity, and independence. Your students could even develop a sense of global citizenship, which will help them navigate the modern world… more on this next.

Learn more about our School and Group Trips.

Young, female volunteers take a group photo with local Kenyan women. They are smiling, laughing and all wearing traditional Kenyan necklaces.

Global Citizens

Global citizenship is a key skill in modern societies. It provides a better understanding of cultures and communities around the world and closer to home.

To support this process, we’ve developed Reflective Journals. These help students to think more consciously about their time during their trip overseas.

Our journals cover everything about the destination, including basic phrases and more complex questions. Students are encouraged to think independently and discuss their experiences with others. Their journals will become a valuable memory from their time as well as a key milestone in their personal development.

Our Childcare and Community Programme in Tanzania is ideal for groups working towards global citizenship. On this trip, students work in Maasai schools and learn about their culture and traditions through social and cultural activities.

Better Results

Whilst the classroom is a great place to learn, getting out of the classroom on occasion can open many doors that both students and teachers can take advantage of.

Here are five key benefits of learning outside of the classroom:

  1. Experiential learning allows students to actively participate in lessons through doing, discovering, experimentation, investigation, and reflection. This leads to more memorable and exciting lessons and develops practical skills.
  2. Every teacher has been asked, “Why do I need to know this?”. Seeing something in the real world takes a subject from the page into practice. It also encourages students to think critically and solve problems, requiring a deeper level of understanding.
  3. Seeing how a lesson is used in real life can spark interest in a potential career path. So why not level up your trip to the zoo for a Conservation Programme in Kenya and get your group involved in everything from endangered species research to maintaining natural water holes for animals?
  4. Working outside of the classroom offers many collaborative opportunities. Group projects and activities develop communication and teamwork skills. Key qualities required for young people to be successful.
  5. New surroundings can reawaken the brain and recharge our batteries. At the same time, sharing an experience with their peers can feel incredibly empowering. As a result, the impact of learning outside of the classroom can have a real lasting effect. Many students come back from trips with a new mindset and a positive attitude toward learning in the classroom, allowing them to thrive in their studies.

If your students enjoy practical learning, check out our Building Programme in Nepal.

A group of volunteers help to construct a new school for Nepali children during their Building Programme in Nepal. They are digging and laying bricks.

Safety First: Learning Outside of the Classroom Quality Badge and BS 8848

We pride ourselves on taking safety seriously. We understand trips abroad can carry extra risks and need a higher level of assessment. The Department for Education recommends, “Schools should make sure any organisation that is providing activities holds the LOtC Quality badge or similar local accreditation.”

Projects Abroad is a Learning Outside of the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge holder through the Expeditions Providers Association. This gives you the extra peace of mind that booking your educational travel with us is focused on ‘life-changing learning beyond the classroom’. 

We are also fully certified to the BS 8848 Standard. This is the British Standard specifying what’s needed to understand and manage the risks associated with overseas adventure.

Small details can make a big difference when you’re travelling abroad with your school. All of our staff are fully trained and vetted and will support you throughout your trip from start to finish. They’ll meet you at the airport, check your accommodation before you arrive, and give you a thorough induction and safety briefing to ensure everything is smooth and you can enjoy the trip too!

See our Health and Safety booklet for Group trips.

The Projects Abroad Difference

Here’s what you can expect when booking a trip with us:

  • Hassle-free: Projects Abroad are here to support you every step of the way. From risk assessments to finding the best accommodation for you, we take the stress out of the trip.
  • Gold Standard of Support: From your first conversation, through to your time away and back again, we’re here to help. Our staff are vetted and trained, meaning you’re in safe hands from beginning to end.
  • Make an impact: More than just a holiday, our projects focus on meaningful travel. You’ll become immersed in different cultures and explore new places before leaving a lasting positive impact.

Read about Capel Manor College's trip to Peru with 30 students and four staff.

Boost Students' CVs and University Applications

When travelling with Projects Abroad, students can also work towards the world’s only International Volunteering Diploma. We’ve worked alongside the Centre for Global Citizenship Studies (CGCS) to develop three, five-module, fully accredited Level 3 International Volunteering Diplomas.

Choose between a specialisation in Marine Conservation, Wildlife Conservation, or Global Citizenship, and on completion, students will gain 16 UCAS points.

Two male conservation volunteers are crouched near a Galapagos tortoise after laying down leaves for it to eat.

What Funding is Available?

You might have already heard of the Turing Scheme, but did you know that schools can qualify for funding too?

With Turing, students can receive financial support for international opportunities in education and training across the world. By qualifying, you can help to provide your students with meaningful experiences, while making positive and lasting impacts.

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