Your ACIS Travel Toolkit: How to Make Planning a Student Trip a Breeze
Does the prospect of planning an educational tour can seem overwhelming to you? We get it—you’re a busy teacher, not a sales person or a travel agent. The good news is that planning an educational tour with ACIS is nowhere near as difficult or time consuming as you may think. You’ll have so much support from the ACIS team, from our ace team of local representatives, and a huge number of tools at your disposal that you’ll be surprised at how easy planning a student trip and recruiting a group can be.
So what tools are at your disposal that will make planning a breeze? Here are our favorites:
The ‘My Account‘ area of the ACIS really is your number 1 planning tool. It is the place to go to view your itinerary, hotels, flights and group information. Once you’ve logged in you can view all this information, view your account balance, make payments, message registered students, print a trip itinerary flyer, download posters, videos and slideshows, send notes to your ACIS Tour Manager and much, much more. We think it’s a pretty powerful tool. It really is worth spending a little bit of time exploring your online account to make sure you’re getting the most out of what it can do.
Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador Program was designed to support busy teachers in promoting their ACIS trip and to get participants signed up. A Student Ambassador is a student who is committed to traveling on your trip who can share their enthusiasm for travel with their peers. If you pick a creative, motivated, goal oriented and outgoing student to apply to be a Student Ambassador they’ll be an important asset in creating a buzz for your trip. Once they are signed up, ACIS will be regularly in touch with them to give them support and ideas for taking your trip to the next level!
Our Local Representatives are educators who are experienced at organizing educational travel and working with ACIS. These veteran ACIS group leaders are perfectly placed to offer advice, mentor and lend a hand. They can provide local support at meetings to help generate administrative support and excitement with students and parents. As current and/or former teachers, they understand the opportunities and challenges you face as you put together your ACIS tour—stepping in where needed to help you make it a success.
Social Media Guide
Leading an educational tour is as much as much about promoting your trip to students, parents and colleagues as it is about planning the details. Keeping your students engaged is all about meeting them where they are, and in today’s day and age, they’ re increasingly on social media. Don’t consider yourself social media savvy? Not to worry. We’ve put together a handy guide for getting yourself up and running on social media.
We hope that this has given you an idea of the great suite of resources available to you as an ACIS Group Leader!
5 Steps to Planning an Educational Tour
Leading an educational tour is easier than you may think. In this free guide
we’ll walk you through the 5 essential steps to becoming a group leader.