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The Benefits of School Enrichment Trips

Wednesday September 9, 2015

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Getting pupils away from their desks will throw them into a whole range of new and exciting scenarios that can allow their talents to flourish, as well as enhancing their learning experience. So, whether you’re looking to reward your students or let them put their skills to the test, here are the top benefits of school enrichment trips.

Reward their hard work

Organising a trip is a great way of rewarding students for their hard work, as well as providing an extra incentive for pupils to keep on track throughout the year. Enrichment trips to destinations such as Disneyland Paris allow students to let loose while still requiring them to use skills, such as practicing foreign languages, which they’ve studied during the previous term.

Opting for an educational travel provider that is ATOL and ABTA protected allows schools to trust that they’re in safe hands so they can fully enjoy their trip from start to finish.

Improve awareness of other cultures

Visiting fascinating destinations such as Catalonia provides students with the perfect opportunity to learn about Barcelona’s unique history while immersing themselves in the Spanish culture. In a city bursting with sensational architecture and boasting a vibrant atmosphere, it’s far easier for scholars to engage with Barcelona’s history abroad as opposed to in school. With so many cultural experiences on offer, students can explore the iconic works of Gaudi, sample the local cuisine and gain a first-hand insight into another culture’s values and traditions.

Develop language skills

For those teachers looking to develop their student’s language skills even further, taking the plunge and putting your budding linguists into real life scenarios is the only option. Taking a school trip to the European Christmas Markets is a great way to stimulate conversation amongst your pupils and the locals, and whether they’re attempting to order a Bratwurst or ask for directions, you can rest assure that they’re constantly putting their knowledge to the test.

Enhance social confidence

Every school trip requires students to interact with classmates they may not normally engage with, helping them to build their confidence and enhance their social skills. In addition, pupils will be forced to communicate with locals, who may be of various ages and backgrounds, which will take pupils out of their comfort zones and develop their confidence further. Learning to interact with a wide range of people and building social confidence are valuable, transferable skills that students can carry forward with them in later life.

Have fun

Above all however, school enrichment trips are about having fun and providing an opportunity for students to strengthen their social bond with other classmates. Theme parks provide a fantastic outlet for pupils to enjoy themselves, with a few of our favourites including Disneyland Paris, PortAventura in Catalonia and Germany’s Phantasialand. Letting students have fun outside of the classroom can leave pupils with a more positive attitude towards their school, enhancing their willingness to learn once back at home.   

If you’d like to arrange a school enrichment trip to Paris, Catalonia, Rhineland, Madrid, London, Opal Coast or the Christmas Markets, get in touch with one of the WST team to see how we can tailor a trip around your requirements.

WST is a school travel company that is passionate about enhancing student’s learning through experience. For more information, please contact our team.