“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein
More and more, parents are seeking new ways to support and enhance their child’s education, beyond what goes on in the classroom at school. One of the most powerful ways to do this is through educational travel. Student educational travel, when done right, can be a profound and life-changing experience for a young person, one that can leave them with a greater understanding of the world and their role as a global citizen. For parents who have already put a great deal of time, energy, and money toward a child’s education, there is no better way to maximize the investment than to augment classroom learning with an educational travel experience.
Learning in the field, engaging with inspiring people (scientists, community organizers, artists), and incredible places (from tropical rainforests to medieval palaces to rural villages), magnifies what students have learned in the classroom and gives them the chance to make meaningful connections that go beyond a mere textbook. The chance to actively engage, ask questions, try, and learn, can inspire students and introduce them to new passions, ultimately influencing what they choose to study, and often what they choose as a future career. At a formative time in a child’s life, educational travel is an incredible opportunity to grow and gain self-confidence. Learning new skills (from surfing to building a campfire or orienteering in the mountains), conquering fears (of heights, bugs, or meeting new people), and meeting challenges (completing a hike, trying new foods, communicating in a foreign language) are cornerstones of experiential travel that result in significant growth in self confidence for young adults.
Student educational travel helps young adults grow into better global citizens by expanding a child’s horizon like no other experience. It,enables a student to become more conscious of their place in the world and how they are connected to everything around them. The opportunity to travel as a student is a fantastic life-long gift from parents that leaves an indelible impact on a child’s life and education for years to come.
Crawford Hill is the owner and director of Chill Expeditions, an educational travel company focused on cultural immersion. An expedition leader, former biology teacher, and educational innovator, Hill has been guiding students and adults on wilderness adventures since 1974. Over the years, Hill has led thousands of students and families on experiential learning trips to Costa Rica, Belize, the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Spain. Hill revels in the opportunity to be able to work with students and families across the country with the world as his classroom.