Special $269 per Student: Black History Tour of Washington D.C. and Baltimore

Washington D.C. and Baltimore are two urban areas where black history is rich and diverse, spanning the whole history of the United States. Baltimore was a port city since the Revolutionary Era. On the shores of the Potomac River, Washington D.C. grew to prominence in the same period. The great accessibility of these cities during the American Revolution and the Civil War Era makes these destinations a repository for black history.

A well-planned student trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore illustrates the long struggle for civil rights. A focused itinerary can highlight its most famous and eloquent spokespersons.

Now Educational Travel Consultants is offering this unique trip for only $269 per student. Class trips scheduled to visit Washington D.C. can ask for a focused itinerary on black history and take in the usual stops such as the Capitol and White House, from the perspective of black history, if there is enough advanced planning.

Following is an outline of an itinerary for this $269 special tour of Washington D.C. and Baltimore on black history and civil rights.

Baltimore, MD: Black History Destinations

Morgan State University is a 130-year old inner city university in Baltimore that has historically served a multi-ethnic base and is an excellent choice for student tours.

Baltimore is also home to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. This is a well-loved destination. Here, students will experience full-size wax replicas of great historical and contemporary black figures.

Washington D.C. African American History

Metropolitan A.M.E. Church is a place where black history and Christianity walk hand-in-hand. Students will see a gothic architectural treasure that can seat up to 2,500 people.

Frederick Douglas Historic Home was the family house of one of this country’s pre-eminent African Americans. Douglas was a literate freed slave who was published and widely read in his lifetime.

Benjamin Banneker Memorial Circle celebrates the life of the African American surveyor who measured the 10 mile piece of land that later became downtown Washington D.C.

Students can contemplate the great works of civilization through the lens of African American history at the National Museum of African Art. Another famous highlight of the black history tour is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The lobby has “The King Mural” on display, painted by Don Miller. Inside, MLK’s lifetime of work on civil rights issues is well documented.

Student Entertainment and Dining Choices on Black History Tour
There are also some excellent choices for dining with this $269 special. Student groups may select the Hard Rock Café or ESPN Zone, or even a Pizza buffet in the evening.

Entertainment choices include the Medieval Times Dinner Show, Broadway style musical dinner theatre or even a Potomac River Dinner DJ dance cruise. These entertainment options will incur additional fees.

While studying black history, students will learn relevant facts in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. For more information on the $269 special email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com or Request a Quote right now by submitting the online form.

Tips for ‘Pitching’ Class Trips to Administrators

by Howard Clemens

Educators are already bogged down with many responsibilities both inside and outside the classroom. Some are in need of assistance to help plan and execute student trips. Working in the student travel industry for over 25 years, I have several ideas on how to make student trips more enticing to administrators. There are talking points for approaching the administration or even the school board about taking students on an educational trip.

I am the owner of a student travel company, Educational Travel Consultants. I have assisted many teachers in planning and executing class trips to Washington D.C., New York City, Orlando, and other U.S. destinations.

These days, class trips can be organized around science themes, performance trips, art tours, theater tours, eco-trips, and more. Taking a multi-subject approach to travel as a tool for educational enrichment means there are more possibilities for students to engage in active learning on a variety of topics.

Many teachers are required to validate student travel objectives to administrators or others. I would like to guide teachers in how to be successful at this challenge.

This article gives some tips on how to make the best approach to administrators and gain approval for a class trip to a desired destination.

1. Teachers Need to Make a Direct Connection between the Curriculum and the Student Trip. Teachers in subject areas outside of U.S. History can engage student learning with trips. The obvious choice for a trip to Washington D.C. is to tie it into an American History or Government class. But this is only one way of ‘pitching’ a trip to Washington D.C. A trip to Washington D.C. could be focused on science, be a band trip tied to a performance, include theater or provide a tour of art venues in town. My company is always ready to provide appropriate tour suggestions for any of these areas of study. Or we can book a standard class trip to Washington with a tour of the White House, Capitol, and downtown area.

2. Define the funding source clearly. Fundraising is an important issue and must be addressed in a meeting with administrators. Here is a brief list of some effective fundraising ideas that students can participate in that I recommend frequently: citrus fruit sales, selling roses and carnations on Valentine’s Day, sponsoring a car wash, selling scratch off cards, or selling CDs or DVDs. The teacher may want to do some preliminary research on or offline to confirm some of these fundraising methods and look at profit margins on products to set realistic fundraising goals for the class trip. Parents can also be asked to pay for a certain portion of the trip.

3. Present a Trip Budget: Break costs down by student and also add any other additional costs for the student trip that may be needed. A student travel consultant can assist with this. Present a comprehensive budget with an estimation of the number of people traveling on the trip.

4. Outline Financial Benefits. Teachers and chaperones are usually given complimentary trips by student travel companies. This eliminates costs for most adults to travel. This is one large benefit that is important, especially during tight budget years for the school.

5. Discuss Educational Benefits. What are the educational benefits of this trip? Will students come away with a firsthand knowledge of the way in which democracy works after visiting the Capitol and the White House? Have they benefited from visiting the estates of some of the founding fathers in Virginia, or seen the early canal system that used to move people and goods in the U.S? Indicate how students will be academically prepped before the trip. Give students a way to process the trip by building writing assignments into post travel curriculums.

6. Safety: Research and confirm that students, teachers and chaperones are insured on the trip, to alleviate liability to the school should anything occur. Select a well- established travel company that specializes in student travel and guarantees trip insurance. ETC carries a $2 million dollar liability insurance policy for all student trips. Another way to ensure safety includes something my company has done for ages. Our tour consultants book ONLY hotels with interior hallways and locked doors.

7. Chaperones: List the parents who will be accompanying students on this trip. Indicate the chaperone to student ratio.

These are just a few ideas that will guide an educator in preparing the foundation for an excellent educational experience that includes active learning: a class trip. Even during times of economic challenge educational travel should still be planned and executed, because it makes learning fun and is a desirable addition to any curriculum.

Email info@educationaltravelconsultants.com or Request a Quote for a student trip by filling out a brief online form today.