Educational excursions are only as good as those who run them. This is especially true for history trips. Students, full of excitement about the exotic present of a strange new destination, far from home and the classroom, need to be lured and inspired into engaging with the historic value of these journeys.
Hence the best-led history excursions have the best trip managers and organisers.
Insights into Italy
Italy is a country flooded with historical oeuvre, but it also has so many fine distractions from this history that it is important students are helped to focus on the lessons from the past when the time is right. The best school tour operators will know how to not only focus students minds on antiquity, but will also perceive when to use the distractions to help students engage with history. In amid the trips to the Coliseum, the tower of Pisa or the Milan Cathedral to pick apart the remarkably vibrant tapestry that is Italian history, these trip leaders will know how to use the food, fashion and iconic natural surrounds of this unique nation to foster more interest in the past which frames them.
Galvanize about Germany
Germany is a wonderfully modern yet, at the same time, truly ancient place. From its age-old landforms, such as the Black Forest, to its remembrance of the tragedies of the dual World Wars, there is much history to be explored under the guiding hand of expert school tour operators. The best of these will know the key to appreciate this past lies in the attractions of Germany’s present. The way society is organised, the way life is lived, the way the language is spoken and the way each city boasts its own special flavour will draw in students, which is the first step in their appreciation of the long historical context that shapes the country.
Unravel the United Kingdom
The reason students need solid school tour operators to guide them to delve into the history of the United Kingdom is simple: there is just so much to explore. Few societies have documented the twists and turns of its past, from antiquity until now, with such vigour and detail. The best organisers will know how to focus students on the right details so they do not get lost among the kingly conquests, writers tales and tumult of cathedrals rising and falling.
Answers about America
The United States of America is an imposing presence in international affairs, and this is partly because, as a nation, it has put so much effort into appreciating its history. The best school tour operators know this and take advantage of the many museums, historic sites and prepared tours to help students develop answers to all their questions about America’s past and its cultural present. Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles all contain sites that pay tribute, in great depth, to the complexities of the American story.