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Student travel is an opportunity unlike any other for youth to broaden their worldview. No matter if students are leaving their hometown for the very first time or have been on the road before, there’s always something new to learn and a different perspective to ponder.
But how do you prepare students to be receptive to these types of experiences and perspectives? Though it can seem daunting, there are a variety of approaches and steps you could take. Use these tips to ensure students are ready to be open-minded and get the most out of their experience!
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Student travel is a lot of fun … but it’s not all fun and games.
Travel is an opportunity for students to explore the world outside their own neighborhood, city, state or even country. Travel breaks down barriers to a student’s personal, educational and social development. It helps youth build self-esteem, independence, tolerance and cultural understanding.
In short: Student travel is an education in itself.
While you may understand that, your administration and school board may be a bit foggy on the details.
Here are four tips to help you get your ducks in a row before you present your travel plans to the powers that be.
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Ken Holdt, who teaches AP Music Theory and is the Director of Choral Activities for grades 9-12 at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, understands the life experience taking students on the road offers.
Holdt, who has utilized ETI for his two most recent trips in 2019 and 2021, prepares his students to travel to Disney biannually for a variety of activities, including choir workshops and The Candlelight Processional at EPCOT—an exclusive experience Holdt’s choir earned entry to on their first try. Sight reading, seeing what a live sound stage is like and performing for others are among the experiences Holdt says help offer college and career readiness for students beyond the trip.