How students interact and react on a school tour

There’s a reason we don’t always trust what we see in the cinema. Some film or television shows feature college students bored to death after a trip to a dry museum, or conversely filled with a youthful awe at famous monuments brought to life from the pages of their books. In either case, movies can distort students’ realistic response to these types of educational trips. But reality is important to understand if these excursions are to be properly evaluated in context.

“I didn’t think it would be so differentoh home”

A student stands in the footsteps of the Bastille, peers along the Great Wall of China or strolls through a Turkish market and marvels at the diversity. Hearing about cultural diversity is one thing, experiencing it on a school trip is something completely different. It is perhaps the best way to ingrain in students’ minds that the big world they live in is full of beliefs that may not fit like a simple piece of a puzzle into their evolving philosophies.

“How do I process what I see and feel?”

Consequently, a consistent reaction on a school tour is one of feeling confused, perplexed, or perhaps mildly shocked. The very sensual and visceral perception of a new culture and its sheer difference can easily unsettle students as they consider how to integrate what they see and learn into their own, perhaps sheltered, worldview.

“Who knew I could study on vacation?”

It is therefore important at this point to show the students that this is part of the educational value of a school tour. It will take time to adjust to a new culture and to process the impact this will have on measuring your home culture. But it’s exciting for students to realize that when they travel, they can learn not only about their curriculum or their world, but also a little about themselves.

“I’m not sure how to deal with everyone outside the norm”

Students on a class trip are not alone on a journey of discovery. It may seem obvious that young people will have a great time traveling to new and exotic places with their friends; It’s like a group vacation without their parents, although their teachers are always present. But for students who are used to seeing themselves in the same context with the same social conventions day in and day out, they may react with a little uncertainty when referring to their friends in a new and unique situation.

“Why is it easier to enjoy and access class content when I’m back home?”

After all, students can react with surprise to a field trip – when they return home. You can actually tell that their classroom has changed. Seeing Hadrian’s Arch, playing the trombone in Stuttgart or climbing the Swiss Alps will make your history, music and geography lessons even more lively and memorable.