The Benefits of Travel in Education
Travel in education provides an opportunity for subconscious learning. Every aspect of travel teaches children new skills, ones they are unlikely to gain and practice in the usual school routine. Not all children get the opportunity to travel in their personal lives and it is our responsibility as educators to ensure those who want to, can.
Travel is not only important for education purposes but also for building character. By encouraging students to experience travel, we are allowing all students to become ‘World Citizens’. Here are some more benefits of travel in educating children and young adults:
When travelling with children, no matter how organised the trip is, there is a certain level of trust placed in the group to take responsibility.
Just from one experience, children can learn or practice multiple skills like time keeping, street safety, organisation and more. By placing your trust in the students in real-life settings, you can encourage independent and responsible behaviour.
Experiencing Different Cultures
In the every-day routine of school, children can live relatively sheltered lives even up to the age of 18. Travel in education can prepare students for the wider world and therefore allow them to embrace more opportunities in confidence.
Exposing students to different cultures allows them to respect and understand the world as a whole, rather than in segregation or isolation. It creates ‘world citizens’ who don’t feel confined by borders or conventions, and therefore will be able to thrive in later life.
We all know by now that being immersed in a language is one of the most effective ways of learning. Without travel in education, authentic bilingual conversation is near impossible. Having an opportunity to practice a language in the country can also be inspiring, and motivate the students to continue their studies.
When you are visiting or working in a different country in almost all scenarios there will be a need to learn new vocabulary of the language, therefore students can learn organically through these experiences.
Building Strong Relationships
The highs and lows of a school trip inevitably bond the students and teachers. These relationships are incredibly important in building trust and therefore creating an environment where children can learn confidently.
The shared experiences of travel create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. The happier the children, the happier the teacher and the school.