So, you'd like to plan a class trip. That's genius! You are a genius. The world is a better place because of you.
But what comes next?
Having spent almost three decades listening to teachers from communities all over North America, we’ve boiled down some questions to help you stay organized and energized throughout your planning experience.
To start, here are the first five questions you should ask yourself as you embark on the preliminary planning of your class trip:
Why are we travelling?
Culture? History? Art? Language? General knowledge? Ask yourself what you hope to achieve so that we can tailor an itinerary that’s as engaging as it is entertaining. The better you know the goal of your trip, the easier it will be for you to present it to your school board, colleagues, parents, students, etc. And we have a full ecosystem of useful resources that can support your objectives, from science-themed lesson plans for your upcoming New York student tour to all kinds of amazing language resources for student tours to Quebec and France alike.
Where are we going?
Now that you have an idea of the goal of your trip, you're going to have an easier time determining where you want to go. If your goal is language immersion, for example, we have class trips to Quebec, Montreal, New York, France, Spain and Costa Rica that will get your students flexing their language muscles like never before. If this is more of a Social Studies student tour, consider New York, DC, Boston, Italy or Central Europe. Different destinations cater to different goals... you might also consider combining destinations to get the best of both worlds, not to mention more enrollment!
When are we going?
Other trips or events at your school and/or in your community might impact your plans. Your school board might also have regulations around when exactly you can travel with your students, and for how long. Peak travel periods, like holiday weekends, can also affect your itinerary and price. Insider tip: if you're looking to plan a winter student tour to Quebec but you don't mind missing the Carnival, you can save a bundle and get all the winter wonderland fun by travelling in early March. This is the kind of information that will help you pick the right time of year to travel, avoid overlap, reduce trip costs, and boost enrollment.
Who am I bringing?
This might seem like a no-brainer, but knowing how many students - not to mention the age of your students - will help you help us plan the kind of itinerary and service needs best-suited for your group's size and age. Take, for example, the circus workshop we have for our student tours to Montreal (pictured above): this is perfect for middle school students. Meanwhile, the hiking tours we have for our class trips to Costa Rica, or the French improv workshop we have for our student tours to Quebec City, are a bit more suitable for high school students. On your end, you should also start thinking about the colleagues and chaperones you'll need to involve. You'll want enough chaperones to meet your school board's ratio requirements.
What is my budget?
Knowing your budget will help you plan realistically, and because our priority is to work with your budget, not against it, we can help you get creative and maximize every dollar you have. From travelling outside of peak seasons (not to mention booking early) to combining with other groups/schools to taking advantage of incentives and special offers, we’ll help you save on cost without skimping on quality or value.
Stay tuned as we share more food for thought towards planning your next student tour!