Urban Expeditions describe 1-day or multi-day overnight courses that take place in an urban environment and incorporate travel by foot and public transportation to explore elements of the city.
Urban Expeditions have similar goals to traditional wilderness expeditions with the obvious difference that they take place in the city. Like wilderness trips, participants are taken to environments with which they are less familiar. Participants are challenged to step out of their “comfort zones” and to take risks: interviewing strangers, organizing meals, trying new activities and foods, and engaging with diverse peoples. During this process they typically learn about teamwork, trust, compassion, and service. This trip involves exploring the metropolis of Shanghai in a way you might never have seen before!
✓ Local tour guide in each city
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Adventure leaders
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
An Example itinerary
- Meet your enthusiastic adventure leaders where you’ll come together for a trip briefing.
- Students will receive all the necessary gear like maps, compasses and repack bags accordingly for the most comfort while on expedition.
- A scavenger hunt in the local area. By doing so we’ll get a lay of the land, go over rules and regulations for urban travel, and what makes this place so special.
Meal Initiative – designed to enable participants to push comfort zones by eating new or different types of food. In addition, through negotiation with small restaurant owners, participants engage with community members and practice communication skills.
- Arrive at your Sleep Site St. Ann’s, an iconic part of the surrounding neighborhood.
- Navigate your way to a local Li Long and conduct a series of interviews, an important part of any “urban”.
Travel to Sky Climbing gym, tonight’s sleep site, where they will learn from a professional how to climb and challenge themselves physically.
- Group meeting, reflection session, and journaling time before going to bed.
- Breakfast will incorporate another meal initiative and a visit to a local supermarket or farmer market to prep for today’s lunch.
- Gift initiative – allows for students to focus and reflect on a peer, providing an opportunity for compassion and empathy. Students will purchase a gift for someone else for a small amount of money.
- Tonight’s sleep sight is going to be at Creative Shelter Yoga Studio.
- Quiz Night – Make sure you paid close attention to all the things we’ve done so far, but be prepared for specific Shanghai questions.
- Wake up to a yoga session of Sun Salutations run by Creative Shelter Yoga Studios.
Navigate your way to the Garden Bridge for our Blindfold Bridge Initiative. The bridge initiative is a great teambuilding activity that provide an opportunity for students to experience trusting their group members.
Take the subway to our service site, Green Food Bank, which feeds over 5,000 people in Shanghai and help them give back to the community through a service-learning project. This could include packing food for delivery, or going to going out to elderly and delivering food to them.
- Navigate your way to tonight sleep sight, Blue Mountain Hostel.
- Reflection session and secret gift giving exchange.
- Sadly, it’s time to head back. Before we let you go, we ask that we take a moment to reflect on all that we’ve experienced.
✓ Staying at community shelters and hostels
✓ Public Transport
✓ All accommodation and transport used is fully audited
✓ Expert local tour guides and artisan instructors provided
✓ Pre-trip support
✓ Educational materials available, workshops and meetings with local experts
Thanks for being fun, polite, and patient. We appreciated everything from bringing us on subways to public transport to ordering special food to being on time.
Thank you for making the trip such a wonderful memory.
Hassle free for teachers! The Learning Adventure is experienced in running trips for schools – they know all the drills, e.g. first-aid, insurance, risk assessments, visa application, diet requirements, you name it.
Fantastic! Helpful, patient, passionate; an ambassador for her country - she created a great impression on the students. Very personable.
I really enjoyed every part of The Learning Adventure as it helped me learn a lot of new interesting things and gave me an insight into business and how to make a start in it, particularly a start-up. Beginning with a short tour around Greater London informed our team about the historical context of the amazing business district and how it all started, and later on I found the start-up activity absorbing and interactive while the entrepreneur who talked to us about such things like career options helped a lot. Our guide was friendly and everything went smoothly. Thank you so much The Learning Adventure!
The students got the chance to experience the environment of a corporate office which gave them an idea of what working life might be like in the future. The workshops and talk by the guest speaker gave the students insights into start-up businesses and ways in which they can seek support to be entrepreneurs. The students felt really inspired by the talk given by the young entrepreneur as having a young person speak to them about success helped the students to understand that they can have confidence in themselves and their futures. The students enjoyed the workshop where they were given the opportunity to work together and share creative thoughts about start-up ideas. Thank you for organising a really insightful, educational and fun-filled trip for our students. They really enjoyed it!
I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a great trip for our students. The feedback from the staff was excellent and they were particularly impressed by the communication in the build-up to the trip, along with the local knowledge of the guide, the range of activities, and the clear contingency planning when the weather didn't cooperate. I am very keen that we repeat this trip next year…
Our guides were remarkable in their care and concern. They appreciated our needs and requests as well as made the time to choose meaningful activities for us. Very well done.
Thank you so much for the incredible experience, we all had an amazing time. I can't stress enough how great Katsumi was as a guide, he built a great relationship with the students and helped us feel safe and engaged throughout. Nishant was also very good when we had him for Kesenumma and he again built good relationships with the kids and his knowledge was great. Thanks again and look forward to working together again down the line!
TLA [The Learning Adventure] was great about incorporating our requests for travel and including their own recommendations. As always, a true pleasure to work with. Their attention to details is truly amazing.
Health & safety were well taken care of. None of the travellers got sick because of food on the trip, and an effort was always made to ensure the cleanest available restroom. We were always advised to wear seatbelts on the bus when on the highway. The food in Shanghai was a good variety of both dishes and cuisine, and I really appreciated how much effort Caroline put into making sure our 素菜宝宝 had enough to eat.
We enjoyed all the activities immensely, there was a huge range. The school we visited this time was brilliant, so well organised. The guides really tried hard to reference the aims of the trip. Peter was exceptional, he was kind and was very concerned that everyone was well and enjoying themselves. He was also very informative. The geography lecturer was exceptional and fitted the brief 110%!
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