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Teacher-only excursions to the Top End in 2017

Tourism NT is once again seeking expressions of interest from secondary teachers interested in attending an exploratory, familiarisation excursion to the Top End next year.

The trips, which are held each year with an aim of showing educators what the Northern Territory is able to offer schools and their students, combine a mixture of natural and cultural experiences.

A spokesperson for Tourism NT described the opportunity as a “five-day journey around the Top End of the beautiful Northern Territory visiting some of the best educational experiences on offer to students on school trips”.

Trip itineraries are selected from experiences on offer with NT Learning Experiences, a group of local tour operators in the NT that have a passion about education, and have made efforts to align their experiences with the Australian Curriculum. Each teacher trip tries to fit in as many of these experiences as possible within the five-day timeframe.

“Past teacher trips have proved highly successful with many of the teachers falling in love with the NT endeavouring to get their school to visit the NT on a future school trip,” said the spokesperson.

Recent attendees from a 2016 trip had offered glowing feedback on the NT Learning Adventures teacher trips, with Kate Tyndall from Melbourne’s Travancore School saying it gave her her “a better indication of the outcomes, rather than reading about them online or in a brochure”.

“Meeting the activity leaders has also given me more confidence in reaching out to them in the future to discuss potential school trips,” said Ms Tyndall. “Not only was it a great professional opportunity, but I also appreciated the ability to meet other teachers in a different setting, which gave us the ability to reflect and discuss school trips and planning.”

In order to apply, or simply to enquire for further details, teachers are encouraged to email education.toursimnt@nt.gov.

 

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