United Planet Releases Free Ebook - Education Beyond Borders: A Teacher's Guide to Organizing a Student Group Trip Abroad

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United Planet is a leading international non-profit that provides comprehensive volunteer abroad programs in 40 different countries across the globe. The organization is releasing a free ebook for teachers interested in planning an educational trip abroad with their students.

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Leading a student trip abroad is so rewarding, for both the students and the teacher. We want to help make the entire process easy for educators to pursue.

Most teachers would agree that a well-rounded education includes not only a structured in-class curriculum, but also the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the subject matter. Likewise, gaining international experience is highly advantageous in today’s increasingly global society. So for many educators offering an international educational trip to their students to enrich their learning experience is highly desired. However, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin in the process of organizing a student group trip abroad. What types of experience will best serve the students? Which programs will provide the best support and help to facilitate the learning process? How will students afford to participate in a trip abroad?

As an international non-profit with over ten years of experience organizing international volunteer trips for students and groups, United Planet has recently released a free ebook, Education Beyond Borders: Organizing a Student Group Trip Abroad, to help guide teachers through the entire planning process from start to finish.

The information in the ebook is available to everyone, and includes detailed information on how to:

  •     Start your initial research and clearly define your goals
  •     Choose an appropriate Partner Program
  •     Gain support for your trip
  •     Fundraise successfully
  •     Develop a transformative experience for students through post-trip reflection

“For many teachers the process of organizing a group trip abroad can be overwhelming, especially if they’ve never led one before,” says United Planet’s International Programs Manager, Caitlin Ferrarini. Ferrarini adds, “Leading a student trip abroad is so rewarding, for both the students and the teacher. We want to help make the entire process easy for educators to pursue – whether you’re a foreign language teacher looking to immerse your students in a language or culture, or a Nursing professor looking to provide your students with practical experience, there is applicable information for anyone interested in planning and leading an international and educational excursion.”

Through international educational programs, students learn key skills such as leadership, self-reliance, and self-esteem, and by gaining personal insight into other cultures, learn to practice tolerance and understanding. Additionally, contact with other cultures encourages personal development and could change the way students fundamentally think about the world.

Interested in organizing an educational trip abroad for your students? Download the free ebook, Education Beyond Borders: Organizing a Student Group Trip Abroad to learn more about traveling abroad with a group and start planning!

About United Planet:

United Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, offers short and long term volunteer abroad programs, from 1-52 weeks, in over 40 countries. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. Over the past ten years, United Planet has worked with local communities all over the world to find meaningful work for volunteer travelers; and has placed thousands of volunteers in those communities to live and work – for periods ranging from one week to one year. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, founded in 1949. For more information about United Planet and its volunteer abroad programs, please visit us http://www.unitedplanet.org.

For further information, please contact
Kristen Brandt | kristen(at)unitedplanet(dot)org | 800-292-2316

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