There have been many educational travel services for teens for decades. When your students do not want to become foreign exchange students, consider educational travel instead. Here are all of the things students can learn by booking an international educational tour.
Many students who take an educational tour do so because they want to immerse themselves in a language they are learning to speak. When they are put on the spot to practice speaking and listening the native language, they learn it better and faster than they would in an English-speaking classroom in the states. The majority of your students may also learn that there are various dialects within the same language as they travel through their destination country. This is invaluable for hearing and listening for area of origin cues.
Culture shock is described as the sharp realization of how very different another people and another country are from one's own country and culture. However, early exposure to other cultures allows students to gain a greater understanding and acceptance of diversity. This will help them as adults when they enter the workforce and meet others from around the world or those from other cultures here at home.
There are definitely some no-no's when you visit another country. These no-no's can offend the people around you, and your students will quickly learn what those offensive behaviors, gestures, and/or words are. If your students want to learn more about how to blend in with the people around them, they have to know how to not offend or stick out. Learning these significant differences begins almost immediately after you step off the plain.
What constitutes as food in some countries would never be consumed back home in the states. Expanding one's palate and trying new and foreign foods or strange foods broadens one's mind. A broader mind is more accepting, and more adventurous. When a student is more adventurous, he or she is also more courageous and fearless.
While live baby snakes in India and fermented and buried eggs in Asia are not everyone's cup of tea, your students will come away with the knowledge that food is as varied as the countries in the world. They may even decide that they really like some of these really bizarre foods! There are opportunities to learn how to cook things in the open markets, too, which allows your students to take home something they have learned an prepare it for family and friends.Contact a travel agency, like Passports Educational Group Travel, for more help.