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Old November 2nd, 2009, 04:08 AM   #1
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I run a small tour company in Germany which runs a variety of tours that deal with subjects as diverse as Roman archaeology, Medieval history and architecture to the 3rd Reich and aspects of the Holocaust.

I have a few questions for teachers or other folk involved with education, if you don't mind me asking -

With the current financial situation, are you or your school still organising trips (either at home, wherever that is, or abroad? If not, do you enviasge a point in the future where you will or is it just too heavy on the budget and/or the budgets of students families?

When you have run trips, did they tend to focus on one subject or was there a degree of overlap? (I ask because I am researching whether a mixed History/Geography field trip would work)

If you have ever used a local guide for your trip, where, in your opinion, is the line between the guide and you? Would you say the role of the guide is to just get you to the places you need to see - you get there and you teach/explain the site, or would you let your guide get you there and then give the lesson/information on the location, leaving you more time to get what you want out of the visit, whilst keeping an eye on the students at the same time?

Lastly, would you (and your students) rather pay a bit less for more basic dorms or would you pay a littlebit more for more comfort and amenities?

Thanks in advance for your input,

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Old November 2nd, 2009, 05:42 PM   #2

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Our school is still going to Washington DC in the summer. However, last year, we didn't get enough students to go so we canceled...the first time the school has had to cancel its DC trip.

I'm thinking we would pay more for the comfort and amenities, but maybe drop a site or two depending on how important is to our trip. We've done both private tours and walked around on our own. Either way it works well for all the kids. We usually mix it up each trip.

I think a history/geography trip would really benefit the kids.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 04:58 PM   #3

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Well..Taff...I'm doubtful that many American public schools have field trips overseas anymore, if they ever did.

Expensive private schools might, but usually they have connections with sister schools in Europe.

I was director of a student exchange program (private families in America having French gymnasium students for a summer) but not Americans to Europe.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #4
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Thank you both for your comments. I often tailor my products to suit a family who have children who are studying history, but it is difficult trying to make a living that way - hence my wanting to spread my net a bit wider/try a different approach.

Comet, thanks for your feed back about mixing Geography and History. In the past, geology, availability of natural resources, topography etc had huge impacts on human behaviour and settlement pattern and thus - history. I hope that I can do something with both subjects.

In the states does the curriculum vary from state to state or would two 15 year old students 2000 miles apart likely be studying the same topic? As I come from the UK I have no oidea how things work in the New World :-)
Are there any websites that you could suggest for seeing what the kids are studying these days? (I would be no good me doing a load of research to offer something about XYZ if the kids are studying ABC)

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Our school is still going to Washington DC in the summer. However, last year, we didn't get enough students to go so we canceled...the first time the school has had to cancel its DC trip.

I'm thinking we would pay more for the comfort and amenities, but maybe drop a site or two depending on how important is to our trip. We've done both private tours and walked around on our own. Either way it works well for all the kids. We usually mix it up each trip.

I think a history/geography trip would really benefit the kids.
This year I inherited the 'annual' trip to DC. Last year the student turnout was high, this year our enrollment is vastly down & I don't see many asking to go. That's ok with me as I don't want to go anyway.
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