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Want to teach students lessons that they will take with them throughout their lives? Student travel to educational destinations such as Washington, D.C., Europe, New York or even just your state capitol can open students’ eyes up to a whole new world of learning. Based on feedback from students and educators, we outlined four ways in which student travel makes a lasting impact.
1. Student Travel Expands Cultural Knowledge
Many young people know little of the cultures that exist outside of their own hometown. Traveling gives them opportunities to discover new customs, foods, infrastructure, socioeconomic classes and so much more. Additionally, travel promotes empathy by helping students understand that there are people out there whose lives are different from their own – and that’s a good thing.
2. You’ve Got To See It To Believe It
With educational travel, students get a hands-on experience of the sights, concepts and influential figures they’ve read about in school. Learning about the three branches of the federal government is much more interesting when you’re touring the White House, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol. It’s easier to understand the opulence of Louis XIV when awing at the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles.
3. Travel Takes Student Learning Beyond Classroom Walls
Some students may be under the misconception that education takes place solely in school; when the bell rings at 3:15, they’re done. We all know this to be untrue. Education is an endless process that occurs when we encounter new people, places and things. Travel shows students that learning occurs outside of the classroom, thus encouraging them to pursue independent learning. In fact, one study by the Wagner Group found that 86% of individuals say that travel in their youth created intellectual curiosity outside of the classroom.
4. Student Travel Encourages Independence
For many young people, a student travel tour is the first time they travel without parents or guardians. Within a safe environment, students must independently partake in tasks such as budgeting their money, organizing their luggage and going to bed at a reasonable hour. One educator who has traveled with her students claims, “Parents often tell me, ‘Wow, it’s like he grew up in four days!’.”
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