Travel is often considered as an expensive means to recreation. But ask the ones who live for new experiences every day and the adrenaline that keeps them motivated to explore the unknown. What we learn within the four walls of a classroom might be enough for our survival, but not for knowing the world in it’s full glory.
Seeing the world provides an education that’s absolutely impossible to get in school. Travel teaches you economy, politics, history, geography, and sociology in an intense, hands-on way that no class will.
The kind of experience and memories one gets to create during such trips, is something which students do not get to create/live in their daily lives. For the ten something days that they are in a whole new world, their acquaintances become family. They find home in each other.
‘the less routine, the more life’. As comfortable our daily routine might feel, little do we realise that our growth becomes stagnant if we stop seeking some change. A breakthrough from the monotony is all we need. Traveling causes a transient disconnection from our everyday schedule. A little change is all we need to re-energise ourselves.
Students are often nurtured in a sheltered environment. They are told the do’s and don’ts. Hardly are they left out in the open, on their own to develop a mindset of their own. They accept what is told and read out to them without an iota of doubt. They accept the presumptions of others and make the same a part of themselves. But when they step out into the real world, all that they were told, or with whatever expectations they had decided to visit so and so country, are all dashed to the ground. A ruination of conjectures and a development of a new perspective is evident when one observes and takes in the reality of a place and its people in person.
Educational tours facilitate reinforcement of classroom knowledge. Students are able to understand the subject under consideration because of the hands on experience they get. Theoretical knowledge does no good unless put to use. And no one would put his knowledge to use unless practised otherwise.
To give a student the space to find his own place in the world should be the most important objective of education. Every person is born with creativity. The only way to help one find his/her passion is allow exposure and experience in the best possible manner.
When they set out on a trip, the element of uncertainty sustains throughout. Situations dealt with become lessons of life for them. Running minor chores for oneself at a young age is what every parent desires to inculcate in his child. Such trips are opportunities to make the young more responsible.
In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis. And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way.
Observing people and their culture with a magnifying glass is what one gets to do when in a new country. A young student is out there in the world on his own, in a place where he is just another face in the crowd. It teaches him to be independent, and to stay motivated. The little challenges faced make him realise that the success of being educated in the true sense of the word is survival. Realising what the world is actually like, tightens the grip on reality.
Travel allows an exposure to a distinct culture of a country. Oftentimes, our conjecture about other cultures might be unauthentic. But getting a hands on experience lets one accept the actuality on its face value. Educational travel provides such opportunities to students to not only appreciate but also to be a part of a culture which is not theirs. They begin to understand the diversity in which they live.
To be immersed in the diversity of the world is a small step taken towards blurring the lines and demarcation of boundaries created by man.
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