Happy New Year from all of us at Halsbury!
As we look ahead to another exciting year of school trips, we thought it might be nice to take a look at our top three destinations for 2019 school trips.
If you’d like to take your students to France, but aren’t sure which destination to choose, we would highly recommend Normandy.
Of course, being just a short hop across the Channel means that it is very handy for school trips, simply because journey times are shorter! And, let’s face it, if you can reduce the time spent on a coach and increase the amount of time you have to spend in resort, why wouldn’t you?
And there’s just as many learning opportunities here as anywhere else in France, particularly if you want to introduce your students to French food and history!
In a country as well known for its gastronomic delights as France, Normandy stands out as a highlight, with some of its main staples being dairy and apple products. Your students can learn how cheese is made, visit sweet factories and learn all about the French obsession with bread at a traditional boulangerie.
And in terms of history, Normandy was the home of heroine Joan of Arc and, many centuries later, the setting for the dramatic Normandy landings.
And, as if all that wasn’t enough, we have some excellent accommodation options in Normandy.
Particularly good for younger groups is the UNCMT Bernières-sur-Mer, which is just a stone’s throw from the famous Juno beach. Located in a quiet, safe village, the centre is totally self-contained and designed specifically to host youth groups.
Berlin is one of our all-time favourite destinations for a school trip and often makes it into our list of top trips.
We’re sure we don’t really have to explain why – this cool, forward-looking capital was the setting for some of the most pivotal moments in 20th century history and there are endless educational visits that tell this story.
Other subjects are well catered to in Berlin too – whether you want to your artists to be inspired by the Berlin art scene, or your German students to immerse themselves in the language and culture, you would struggle to find a more exciting destination than Berlin.
However, 2019 will be a very special time to visit the city, because in November Berliners will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
We recently designed a classroom poster showing the ‘anatomy’ of the wall. This structure isolated West Berlin, surrounded as it was by the GDR.
The years spent in this enforced state of division have, inevitably, left their mark on both the city and its people.
By visiting during this poignant anniversary, your students will gain a much deeper understanding of what life was like when the Berlin Wall was standing, and what its fall meant to Berliners.
If you do want to visit around the anniversary though, you will have to be quick as availability is already extremely limited!
Named Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2019, Sri Lanka is a really exciting destination for a school trip. This is an ancient land, with a history spanning over three millennia.
Despite being a relatively small island nation, Sri Lanka is incredibly diverse with a rich culture shaped by the many religions, languages and ethnicities that call it home.
A school trip to Sri Lanka is one that your students will never forget. They can meet Sri Lankans of a similar age to them at a local school, to find out more about their lives.
They can enjoy a tuk-tuk ride where they will learn about the local agricultural economy and they can visit a local tea factory too.
They will also have the opportunity to visit the many temples of the holy city of Kandy, where they can find out about the country’s largest religion, Buddhism.
They can also learn about the local wildlife and conservation efforts, with visits to a local elephant orphanage and sea turtle hatchery.
Make this trip even more rewarding for your students by getting them to do some fundraising. Not only will this lower the overall cost of the trip, but it will also help your students to develop a number of life and personal skills, as well as give them greater ownership of their trip.
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