Why plan a school trip to China?
The Learning Adventure explores why schools should visit China and when the country is at its best
● Supplement classroom learning
There are some things that you can’t learn in a classroom, that you can learn on an educational trip abroad. Away from the classroom setting, students are energised, engaged and curious about their new surroundings. Their education becomes multi-sensory, displayed in a colourful and integrated way when compared to the classroom environment. These learning adventures spark interests above and beyond a student’s current curriculum level, encourage further education in niche areas of study and additional trips abroad.
All of this contributes towards more focused and effective learning and ultimately, an overall improvement in academic results.
● The best way to learn the language
Immersing yourself in Mandarin through studying it in China is by far the most effective way to learn the language.
On school trips to China, students can join lessons in local schools, give presentations in Mandarin and make conversation with Chinese students. Not only will students naturally pick the language up quicker and be motivated to do so – useful for written and listening exams – but their confidence will grow in conversational Chinese, making the oral exam easier to tackle.
● Experience a culture different to your own
No matter what your learning objectives are, it’s important that students delve into the authentic, local side to a country. Students can learn about the ancient art of calligraphy, fan-making, giant panda conservation in Chengdu or take part in an authentic Chinese cooking class. They will experience the smells of local food being cooked on the street, feel the buzz and bustle of the busy cities and see the local people going about their traditional way of life in rural Guilin and the Beijing hutong neighbourhoods.
● Personal growth and development
Spending time away from home and in a new environment is a challenge for any student, pushing them outside of their comfort zone. This alone contributes towards a student’s independence, confidence and ability to adapt to changing surroundings.
Alongside this, students can learn team building skills, build and strengthen relationships and benefit from digital detoxes.
It has never been easier to fly between the UK and China with hundreds of flights going between the two countries every week. Flights leave from London and Manchester, arriving into China’s most popular tourist destinations. Direct flights generally take about 10 hours.
Once in China, travelling between cities is easy, affordable and reliable with a vast network of high-speed bullet trains available.
While there is no wrong time to visit China, spring and autumn are when the country is at its best. China is such a huge country and the weather can vary from one place to another. However, it is best not to travel during Chinese holidays and over festivals as these periods get busy and school visits are not possible.
When planning a school trip to China, it’s best to begin the process at least six to 12 months before you depart. You will have time to sign off on the perfect itinerary, confirm the number of students attending, book flights, arrange group visas and gather payment, travel insurance and passport details.
A month beforehand, you may also want to present the itinerary and pre-departure information to parents and allow them to ask any questions they might have.
About The Learning Adventure
The Learning Adventure offers bespoke school trips across Asia and Europe, specialising in China. They create flexible and customisable programs to seamlessly tie in with each school’s needs and learning objectives. With every itinerary 100% designed and operated by The Learning Adventure and utilising local experts, they ensure that each program is fine-tuned to your school.