We’re always looking for ways to challenge our students and give them a rich, multi-cultural experience—one that helps them grapple with new ideas, cultures and experiences. While students can certainly do this in the classroom, there is no substitute for seeing the world first hand. So we were pleased to stumble upon a student travel opportunity: National Geographic’s student exhibition offerings.
Through one of their four programs, students can get first-hand field experience on a National Geographic Expedition, Field Workshop, Photo Workshop, or Community Service trip to one of dozens of destinations that suit their interests.
All of the trips range from eleven days to three weeks and if students hurry, they can still meet summer 2013 deadlines. Here’s a brief rundown of each program:
Expeditions are two to three weeks long and are geared for those interested in an in-depth exploration of a specific region. Depending on the location, students may do anything from work with biologists and track wildlife in the Amazon to snorkel and scuba dive off the reefs of Belize.
Field workshops are 11-12 days long. Students should expect to spend most of their time in one or two home bases where they will take part in hands-on activities, participate in workshops with National Geographic experts, and explore the surrounding area on active excursions.
Photo workshops are 11-12 days long and include assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, which culminates with a final gallery opening that is led by a National Geographic photographer.
Community Service assignments allow students to truly delve into the culture of small villages throughout the world. Here students will work alongside members of the community on collaborative service projects focusing on infrastructure, education, and conservation.
Cost and eligibility for each program varies, so we suggest that parents/students call National Geographic directly for more specific information.
What we can tell you is that there is a $700 application deposit which goes towards tuition costs. Flights are not included in the tuition costs, but all meals, lodging, activities, excursions, ground transportation, taxes, gratuities, and pre-trip materials are.
Here are only a few of the destinations students can choose from:
Alaska field workshop (12 days)
Australia expedition (20 days)
Barcelona field workshop (12 days)
Belize expedition (12 days)
Brazil’s Amazon and Pantanal (19 days)
China expedition (21 days)
Paris photography workshop (12 days)
and lots more
Teachers, if you’d like to request a travel catalog to pass along to your students, click here for an online request form.
Teachers, if you are interested in cost-effective ways to see the world and receive professional development at the same time, check out two of our recent blogs, “5 ways to see the world: summer professional development for teachers” and “Become a cosmopolitan educator: 3 more ways to see the world for free.”