The Student & Travel Youth Travel Association administered a global survey of over 2,000 teachers and tour leaders over the course of two years to study the impact of youth travel on our students. Their findings suggest that "in the current globalized world, travel represents a vital learning experience, and not simply a luxury." Travel provides relevence to today's students, who are often inundated with standardized tests and curriculums.
We've read the research to highlight the Top Ten Social Effects of Student Travel as identified by the survey respondents:
- Being more outgoing (40% of respondents)
- Better self expression (42% of respondents)
- Better cooperation/collaboration (43% of respondents)
- Increased tolerance and respectfulness (48% of respondents)
- Better adaptability and sensitivity (49% of respondents)
- Increased tolerance of other cultures and ethnicities (52% of respondents)
- More intellectural curiosity (55% of respondents)
- Increased independence, self-esteem, and confidence (56% of respondents)
- Desire to travel more (60% of respondents)
...and finally, the top effect of student travel as voted on by teachers and tour leaders from over 60 countries is:
- Increased willingness to know, learn, and explore.
We think most classroom teachers will agree that above all else, we want our students to leave our classrooms at the end of the year wanting to learn more. We want our students to become lifelong learners and develop an insatiable curiosity about the world around them.
Travel can do that and more.
Let us help you put together travel itinerary that is manageable, affordable, and will provide your students a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Reach out to one of our experienced travel consultants or browse our popular itineraries here.