A new survey suggests that if you want your children to be more successful in school during the year, you should send them on a holiday camp.
A survey of almost 1,500 teachers found that 74 percent of educators believed that travel has “a very positive impact on students’ personal development.” A majority of teachers (56 percent) also believe that travel and learning abroad positive impact can extend to a student’s education and career.
Travel and studying abroad can have far-reaching impacts on kids. Teachers agreed that children who traveled to experience cultures other than their own have increased tolerance and respectfulness, willingness to learn and a willingness to try new things.
Not only do teachers believe that travel is useful in the classroom, it can also help on the playground. Kids who traveled abroad from their home country were more likely to have higher independence, self-esteem, confidence, adaptability and sensitivity. They were also more likely to be more outgoing and have better self-expression than kids who stayed at home.
In more pragmatic terms, 42 percent of teachers thought that a well-traveled kid looked more attractive to college admissions recruiters.
However, impactful travel doesn’t necessarily have to be jaunts around the world to explore cultures vastly different from a kid’s hometown. Even traveling domestically but to a city where things are slightly different can kickstart a child’s global learning and understanding.
But, there’s one statistic that might give parents pause. Much like giving a mouse a cookie, send a child on a trip will only make them want more. Of the teachers surveyed, 76 percent said that they saw kids wanting to travel more and learn abroad after being sent on one trip.
See you at CLAC from 7th July 2019 where you can meet friends from all around the world.