Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime
This area of our site is designed especially for the people our trips benefit most – students! Here we provide the answers to all of the questions you are dying to have answered and share our tips and tricks for making the most of your experience. We know school trips are exciting, so we want to give you the resources you need to get planning.
A school trip is more than a chance to travel. There is so much opportunity for you to learn, grow and make new friends along the way.
What you'll be doing
We know you are excited to find out exactly what you will be doing on your trip away. Your teacher will have worked with us to plan every detail carefully, but here is what you might expect from a trip with us.
An exciting learning experience
Learning is about more than the classroom. Your trip will give you the chance to learn and experience things that you couldn’t possibly while sitting in class. We hope you come back inspired, motivated and excited for your studies.
What You'll be Doing
So, you signed up to go on a school trip, but what exactly will you be doing? We understand you will be excited about what’s to come and want to take in as much information as possible before you go to prepare you. Every trip is different; we work closely with teachers and trip organisers to plan a trip you will love. However, this page is for you to get a better idea of some of the things you might be doing on your group trip.
To get to your ski resort you will of course be travelling. How you are travelling will depend on where you are staying, and the transport options your party leader has chosen for you. You may be travelling by plane, coach, train or even ferry.
The whole point of a ski trip is to go skiing, right? No matter what level you are at, your party leader will have organised a tour to suit your ability, so don’t worry.
Most groups opt to include 5 hours of instruction per day, so you will have 25 hours of ski instruction in the week as opposed to 24 in the standard 6 day / 4 hour package.
You will also be learning while you are away. Perhaps you will have the chance to use your foreign language skills or to visit the local town. A ski trip in another country is an excellent opportunity to learn about a different culture, try new food and practice new skills.
After a day on the slopes, Après Ski is the opportunity for your group to relax, socialise and have fun. While you may associate the term with partying, we have plenty of activities on offer to keep you entertained. All of our packages include plenty of Après Ski options which will vary depending on your resort. We will take the time to discuss your options with you and to find resorts and activities best suited to your group.
When attending one of our education tours, you may be travelling by plane, coach, train or ferry depending on where you are going. You may also be travelling throughout your trip rather than staying in the same place.
A group trip should be an experience to remember, so it is important that you make the most of your time away. You may get the opportunity to try new types of food, speak a foreign language or learn about local culture and traditions.
One of the most important elements of an education trip is, of course, education! Your trip may include activities that are relevant to your studies, and it is a great way to find out for and experience what you have learned in the classroom for yourself.
You will have plenty of opportunities to socialise with your friends on your trip. However, a group trip is a great opportunity to get to know others in the group too. You may be given the responsibility of going off to explore, so it is important that you stick to designated meeting times and activities.
An exciting learning experience
Going on a school trip is exciting. You will have the opportunity to spend time away from the classroom and from home with your friends and others. However, a school trip is also a chance to learn and experience things you have learned about in the classroom in a real-world setting. Whether you are going on a ski trip or an educational tour, you will have the chance to develop your skills and to learn new things too.
Make the Most of Your Opportunity
Travelling without your family can be daunting, but it gives you the chance to try things you normally wouldn’t on a family holiday. You will be encouraged to take part in new and exciting activities, learn new skills and see different parts of the world. Making the most of this opportunity means trying everything, asking questions and thinking about how what you are experiencing can help your personal development.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so if there is something you want to learn about don’t be shy to ask. Take in your surroundings and ask questions. Being curious when you travel makes for a more rewarding experience, and helps you learn in an engaging way.
Make new friends
Making new friends and creating new memories with your existing friendship group is a key part of a group trip. You may find that you have more in common than you thought with people you have never spent time with before, so it is important to be open-minded.
FAQs for Students
How you will be travelling will depend on what your teacher has booked. This could be by plane, coach, train or even a ferry. Travelling with your friends should be fun, and even a long coach trip can be a great part of the trip.
Room allocation is generally organised before you travel. Your teacher will be in charge of who you share a room with. It may be that they let you choose who you wish to share with, or they will assign rooms. Sharing with someone that you don’t know very well can seem daunting, but it is an excellent opportunity to get to know someone new.
What you will be doing on your trip is again up to what your teacher has organised. However, it will generally be a good mix of learning and socialising. If you are going on a ski trip, you can, of course, expect to be doing plenty of skiing or other snow activities. There will also be après ski, which you can find out more about on our après ski page. If you are on an educational tour, you will likely be visiting lots of sites relevant to the trip. You will also have the chance to socialise and attend fun activities in the evenings.
Your group leader will issue you with a list of what you should bring nearer the time of your trip. You should pack the things on the list, but also keep in mind things that you might need personally. For example, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, you will need to pack everything you need. You can find out more about what you will need to pack here.
The amount of free time you have will depend on your trip and what your teacher has organised for you. You may be issued with an itinerary for your trip nearer the time. Normally, teachers will have included a good mix of planned social activities and completely free time for you to choose what you would like to do. You may want to simply spend time with your friends or take the time to recharge in your room.
A group trip is a learning experience, but you will not normally be doing school work in the traditional sense. Your teacher may have organised worksheets or activities that help you get the most out of the experience, or you may be asked to think about how the activities you are taking part in are related to your development or classroom work.
You can bring your mobile phone, however you may not have much opportunity to use it. For many activities, including skiing, we would always recommend you leave your phone in your room. There is limited phone service at most resorts, and there is a high risk of losing or damaging your phone. Your teacher may limit your use of your phone during educational tours, particularly during activities to make sure you are experiencing as much as possible.