Educational Travel 101
What is Educational Travel?
Adventurous, exploratory, informational and fun are some of the ways we describe our educational tours. Done right, educational tours expand travelers’ world view. Not only do students learn, they learn to love to learn. Through cultural exploration and immersion, students become global citizens. They develop a stronger understanding of history, language and geography as well as gain independence, confidence and problem solving skills.
We say it because we believe it: travel changes lives.
As the group leader, you’ll know the most about your specific group’s tour and your school’s policies on travel, becoming the first stop for parent and student questions. But for ACIS policies including questions on insurance and payment plans, our traveler support team is eager to help.
“Everyone I talk to is so friendly and helpful!” — Harriet P. Parent
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers lead your group while on tour. They know their destinations, but more importantly they know teachers and students. They keep students engaged, teachers relaxed and the whole group excited to see what will happen next.
“The highlight of our trip was Espin, our tour manager! He is the most AMAZING human being on the planet! He knows everything about everything and is able to communicate with any age group.” — Rose B. Participant
Each ACIS tour combines just the right mix of planned educational excursions and free time for exploration. Your daily schedule will, of course, vary depending on your location, type of tour and if it is travel-intensive or a more leisurely, single-city program. Typically, you’ll wake up bright and early, and after breakfast, enjoy a morning excursion. You might have a sightseeing tour, cultural connection, entrance to a museum (usually with a reserved entrance so you can avoid the long lines) or walking tour. You’ll have some time for lunch and then enjoy another activity. Dinners will be in town, and then you’ll further explore to see the city sparkle at night.
Cultural Connections, included on every ACIS international tour, take cultural understanding to a whole new level. Through immersive activities such as learning the steps of the flamenco or a French cooking class, students look at the culture and history of a place from a different vantage point. It is the ultimate in experiential learning.
ACIS helps you make the most of your time on tour by only using three- and four-star hotels near the heart of what you came to see. We place a priority on booking hotels in convenient and safe areas, with easy access to both local attractions and public transportation. After all, you want to be exploring, not commuting.
Travel rule—never underestimate the importance of food to teenagers! But beyond providing authentic, delicious and satisfying meals, our dinners become a cultural experience because they’re enjoyed in local restaurants. Breakfasts are typically provided at your hotel and lunch is generally available on your own. Your Tour Manager will be sure to point you in the right direction for affordable and delicious eats.