Educational tours are often booked by many different schools. But they do not necessarily have to be confined to the country the school is based in.
Lots of schools plan educational tours for their pupils. The idea is that they open up the possibility of a different kind of learning – learning in the field, so to speak. This means there is every reason to look forward to this kind of tour, instead of being based in the classroom the whole time.
But some people think the only trips and tours that take place are those that are restricted to the UK. For instance it might mean going on a day trip to a museum or fun park somewhere, so the children are only out of school during normal school hours. However in reality longer trips can also be taken that go out of the country.
Not every school takes part in such educational tours, but there are definite advantageous to doing so. Older children will benefit from school trips to France or from school trips to Spain in particular as they may be learning foreign languages such as Spanish, French and German. Being able to actually visit places in the countries that speak the languages they are learning is one of the best ways to immerse themselves in the language itself. There is no doubt that it is far removed from being taught in a classroom.
Of course the advantage of going on educational tours to other countries is that the trips will last longer than a day. Even France is too far to go simply for a day out, and many trips last for a few days or perhaps even a week. This alone means that the children will be able to spend some time in the other country, learning much more about how the people live, work and speak as they do so. It provides a totally different experience from actually learning in the classroom and it can be more exciting as well.
If pupils have already been learning their chosen language for some time, it can be a real challenge to be put in an authentic location to test out their skills. This is why older children often benefit more from such trips, as they are able to try the skills they have learned over some weeks or months.
A longer trip will also permit the children to learn more than they would during just a day or two away. Some may need to boost their confidence for some time first, and being in another country for a week or so might be all they need to do just that. As you can tell, there are many benefits to these kinds of extended educational tours that go abroad.
Many teachers already recognise the value of planning such trips for older children. As time goes on and the results of such trips become more prevalent and successful, there is every reason to believe the trips will continue for the future as well.