Not all lessons are learned in the classroom. Most, in fact, are learned from experiences and real-world applications. That’s not to say a classroom education isn’t beneficial, as you need the theory behind these applications to be able to put them into practice. However, one of the best ways to get a balanced and rewarding learning experience is through taking your class on travel experience.
Take a look at some of the ways this can benefit your and help you apply teaching in a real-world setting.
Everyone is different, and this becomes even more apparent when you travel to different countries. Students learn to have an open mind about culture and the way people live. Plus, there’s also the opportunity to find out about the history and customs that people have in a variety of countries. Having an open mind ensures that you remain tolerant and understanding in all situations. Plus, you can use this experience to develop a deeper understanding of your own culture and heritage.
Our part in the world
Understanding the theory of how we play a part in the world is a great way to see how our actions affect how we live. However, seeing the impact first hand is a real-world example of how we can change things for the better. This is especially prevalent if you live in a suburban environment and have little dealings with the natural world. By visiting destinations that allow you to explore nature and your part in it, your students can see how they directly affect the environment.
Whether you decide on an exotic holiday trip or a more traditional student travel experience, each form of travel can help your students become more independent. Travel allows them to step out of your comfort zone and discover the things they love about the world and themselves. Independence is a fundamental part of education, and it affects both emotional and intellectual skills.
Travel is a great way to make new friends and interact with strangers. Kids might be asking for directions to a restaurant, or hanging out in a hostel with people they met a few days ago. Whatever situation they’re in, it opens up to meeting new people and broadening social skills. If you don’t speak the native language, this is also an excellent opportunity to apply what you’re learning in class! These social skills are incredibly transferable in everyday life and make up an essential part of the learning and growing phases.
Other ways that travel can help your education goals include:
- Learning about compassion towards others
- Experiencing new things
- Discovering your likes and dislikes
- Learning about history and society in different countries
Most of all, your students will learn more about themselves which goes a long way towards realizing their true potential.