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Educational travel programs offer students a smorgasbord of academic and personal development opportunities to ignite personal growth and enrich learning at every stage of development. WorldStrides highlights several cross-curriculum destinations from around the globe.

No matter the destination or year level, an educational tour is remembered for a lifetime, inspiring students to take on a greater sense of personal responsibility and consider the difference they can make as global citizens. School trips encourage students to fulfil their potential and grow beyond their comfort zones.

Founded in 1967 by a school teacher, WorldStrides is a trusted global organisation that has created educational travel experiences for over 50 years. It has offices around the world, including Australia, and has so far taken more than nine million students on educational tours.

The Australian team understands the intricacies of the state-based education systems and the priorities of schools and educators. As a result, tours are strategically designed to complement the Australian curriculum and maximise student learning outcomes.
WorldStrides discusses 7 popular destinations for educational travel that are well worth considering when planning an educational tour in Australia or overseas:

ITALY

Learning areas: Language, History, Arts, Food Technology Explore unforgettable ancient sites, sample culinary delights, discover magnificent masterpieces and of course, hone your language skills on a tour in Italy. Italy programs are packed with immersive gallery visits, guided tours of historical hotspots and authentic interactive learning experiences, including a regional farm stay.

USA

Learning areas: Maths, STEM, History, Geography, Performing Arts Discover diverse educational tours across the USA, where students can participate in performing arts workshops in New York City, walk the halls of power in Washington D.C. or experience life as an astronaut in Alabama, uncovering the logistics of space suit theory and design, space physiology, scuba space- walk training, aeronautic design, aircraft simulations and orbital mechanics.

JAPAN

Learning areas: History, Geography, Language Introduce students to the fascinating paradox that is modern Japan, where ancient rituals and reverence meet cutting-edge everything. Make your way through the neon lights of Tokyo, experience an overnight stay in a ‘Ryokan’ (a traditional Japanese Inn), explore ancient temples and shrines, and even try your hand at sushi-making.

NEW ZEALAND

Learning areas: Health & Physical Education, STEM, History, Outdoor Education Nestled beneath spectacular mountains,
Lake Tekapo in the South Island of New Zealand is the ideal base for students to learn to ski or improve their technique at Roundhill Ski Area and Mt Dobson. By night, the area is an internationally renowned location for stargazing – part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, students can explore the Mt St John Observatory on a guided tour. Other activities include a visit to Tekapo Hot Springs, a hike through Hooker Valley and learning about mountain and alpine climbing at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

CANBERRA

Learning areas: STEM, History, Civics & Citizenship Learn about the planets of our solar system and the magic of space travel at the Deep Space Communication Complex. Discover first-hand how our electoral system operates during a 90-minute educational program at the Electoral Education Centre. Participate in a historic debate re- enactment to understand the way voices are heard in a democracy, in the ‘Our Voices, Our Choices’ program at the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House.

CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

Learning areas: STEM, History, Sustainability, Geography, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Teeming with natural wonders, unique cultural experiences and places of significance, Central Australia is the perfect destination for an educational tour in Australia. No trip to Central Australia is complete without experiencing the rush of a flight simulator and exploring the central control room at the Royal Flying Doctors base in Alice Springs. While in Alice Springs, students tour the MacDonnell Ranges and feast their eyes on Simpson’s Gap, Stanley Chasm, John Flynn’s Grave, Ormiston Gorge and Anzac Hill lookout.

Other educational activities include the Lilla Indigenous Cultural Experience in Watarrka National Park, where students can discover the local Anangu culture, explore the base of Uluru and tour the town famous for its opals and underground community, Coober Pedy.

MOUNT HOTHAM

Learning areas: Health and Physical Education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Home to some of Australia’s deepest snow, Mount Hotham’s altitude makes for stunning scenery and an authentic alpine experience. The mountain features easy slopes for first timers and more advanced terrain for seasoned snow-goers. Super-wide runs provide beginners with space to learn and steep gullies invite the adventurous intermediates. There are plenty of fun activities off the slopes including snow-shoeing the ancient Brabralung trail and learning about the indigenous peoples of the Alps.

For further information visit, worldstrides.com.au

This article was first published in Education Matters Secondary Magazine, September 2022. To read the issue download it here. 

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