29 Mar EDU SCHOOL TOURS sets new high for overseas school tours
EDU SCHOOL TOURS sets new high for overseas school tours – NASA’s Space Camp still preferred but Asia growing in popularity says Fenwick
The number of Australian private and public schools undertaking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) study tours to overseas destinations is increasing each year as news of the immense personal and academic benefits that enrich the educational and cultural experience of students grows, said Director and founder of Melbourne head quartered EDU SCHOOL TOURS Lucy Fenwick.
2016 will also be a record year for the number of overseas programs organised by the specialist provider with scientific, engineering, physics, astrology, maths and technology tours to NASA’s Space Camp in the US continuing to be the favoured destination for school international study tours.
Lucy Fenwick also confirmed that bookings for programs in 2017 are almost and the number of enquiries received to date from schools has exceeded those at the same time last year, “schools are extending the planning time from what has been a 12 month lead up, to an 18 month lead up to departure. There are various reasons for this, but one which is popular with parents as it gives families the chance for more spaced out payments…excuse the pun!”.
In addition, responding to the federal government’s promotion of the Asian Century, many schools are turning to the countries of Asia Pacific for programs that will prepare students for their careers that will invariably require them to have a greater insight into the diverse cultures and business practices of these nations noted Lucy Fenwick. “The students that undertake overseas study programs not only enhance their academic capabilities but they get the chance to learn alongside young people from across the globe and develop long lasting international friendships”.
EDU SCHOOL TOURS has an enviable reputation built up over 14 years as a one stop shop for secondary school student tours as all aspects of the travel program from logistics, passport applications, visas, accommodation, transfers and travel insurance are expertly handled by travel industry professionals.
All EDU SCHOOL TOURS itineraries can be customised to suit the time frames and budgets of the individual schools and the company’s dedicated travel advisory staff take great pride in delivering the highest levels of personalised service, advice and attention to detail.
Commenting on the background of the schools that undertake overseas study tours Lucy Fenwick said they vary considerably and include interstate, regional and capital city schools.
“Educators are keen to offer this unique learning and personal development/growth experience for their students and they are to be commended for their endeavours and dedication to their students as it does require a great deal of planning, organising, promotion and commitment”.
“A conversation with schools that have experienced an EDU SCHOOL TOURS trip is an excellent starting point for those considering an international program, and will confirm that the organisation and logistics can add to an already heavy workload for teachers. So to have Edu School Tours looking after all of this makes for a stress-free experience for teachers”.
The school holiday periods of March/April and September/October are always the most popular tour slots – hence the need to start planning early and book programs as quickly as possible.
The quality of the Space Camp programs to the US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville, AL. has resulted in its premier destination status attracting the lions’ share of interest and bookings from Australia. To complement the STEM focused itineraries, advanced specialist scientific facilities and technological academic activities now include The National Ignition Facility in San Francisco, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles and the California Science Center – amongst others – on the West Coast. Whereas the East Coast offers Boston Dynamics Robotics Company, MIT & Harvard campus tours, the Smithsonian Institution museums in New York and Washington, and the United Nations Building.
Additional unique destinations include the Mt Wilson Observatory, 3D Bio Printing in San Diego and The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) located in Boulder, Colorado.
Today, six out of the ten top export countries for Australian goods and services are to Asia (source DFAT website) – 1.China, 2.Japan, 4. Republic of Korea, 5. Singapore, 8. Malaysia and 9. Thailand. In response, an increased number of Asian destination options are being promoted to Australian schools by EDU SCHOOL TOURS. The regional options are being regarded favourably by potential school clients as the Australian dollar has lost ground against the US currency.
Commenting on its Asian destination programs, Lucy Fenwick said “Singapore stands out as an economic regional powerhouse and has long been acknowledged for its strong STEM academic focus as the government recognises their vital importance for growth and prosperity in future decades.
“Together with its close proximity to Australia and strategic geographical position within Asia Pacific, a growing number of schools are now turning their attention to Singapore and promoting STEM study tours to the island nation”, said Lucy Fenwick.
EDU SCHOOL TOURS is confident that demand for overseas STEM study tours will continue to grow as more and more schools seek to enhance the learning experience and personal growth of their students.