There are many criteria that can be imposed on a student travel company to evaluate effectiveness. I will outline the characteristics that I feel are most important to a quality student travel experience, no matter what the destination.
Experience in Educational Student Tours
Educational group travel is a special field. It is unlike other niches in the travel industry for many reasons. Students must be chaperoned, supervised, kept on schedule, and provided fun and entertaining things to do that are age appropriate. Educational Travel Consultants have 24 years of experience in booking student tours. We understand parent’s concerns. We know how to create itineraries that are in sync with educator’s objectives. Most importantly, ETC associates understand that the educational experiences students receive on visits to Washington D.C., Orlando, Florida, New York City and other destinations must be balanced with social opportunities and chances to dine, shop, and visit interesting sites.
A Background in Education
An excellent student travel company will have owners or members of the management team who have spent some years in the field of education. This is an excellent professional foundation for creating an exciting student travel experience. If key players in the student travel company have spent years in education, they will not only understand the teacher’s and parent’s perspectives of student travel, but will also know how to appeal to students while developing and executing student tours. I started out in the field of teaching and moved into educational travel, because I enjoy student travel so much more.
Security for Students While Traveling
For many parents, the thought of letting a child go away on a school field trip is a bit disconcerting. There are many things parents have to fear in the age of terrorism and child abductions. The unforeseen, such as accidents, travel delays, and miscommunications are possibilities as well. A qualified student travel company with excellent customer service will have liability insurance for unforeseen events, good communications about travel delays and other challenges, and be available to answer questions.
Keeping students secure is a challenge in some urban areas. Educational Travel Consultants selects safe suburban hotels for accommodations. The hotels selected have indoor hallways. An experienced educational travel company will make certain that children are supervised around the clock. In the evenings, after meals, Educational Travel Consultants provides private security for its groups.
In conclusion, an educational travel company should have an extensive background in student travel, some background in education, excellent communication and customer relations, and security procedures in place for student safety. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.