Advanced Placement classes are college-level courses. Offering AP students a summer of experiential learning is one of the best ways to retain information. The benefits and statistics suggest this enhanced learning experience increases independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem. AP Travel School allows students to enter their AP course with a strong foundation and better academic performance.
The Benefits of AP Travel School are many!
- *Learning is Deep, Meaningful, and Relevant
- *Students Develop a Passion for Learning
- *Promotes Life-Long Learning
- *Prepares Students for Life
- *Learning is Fulfilling
- *Learning is Fun!
Enhanced Learning Experience
The first benefit of traveling is a huge boost to the learning experience. Any experience can be redoubled if you’re on a trip to another country. Afterward, this experience can be successfully used to develop your learning skills.
Improved Cultural Learning
When a person travels, they inevitably meet people with other traditions, habits, and world views. Students can enrich their cultural experience. Educational travel also improves one's “cultural learning.”
Mastering a New Language
Traveling abroad allows students to receive a rare opportunity to communicate with native speakers. A foreign country has a different attitude towards many areas of life, and students may change their worldview by communicating with the locals.
Boosting Compassion and Empathy
Students can enhance their classroom experience in a variety of ways, and changing on an emotional level is one of the best possibilities. It’s especially important to visit a foreign country and develop empathy, which will benefit a student traveler's personal and educational growth.
Improving Social and Teamwork Skills
Traveling to other locations improves social skills and helps to boost teamwork and collaboration skills. When students travel (especially aboard), they interact with new people. It may be frightening, but they will gain courage after each new experience. Students will steadily master how to deal with quite different people. Afterward, students won’t have any difficulties while working with others.
When students visit foreign locations it is very beneficial for their social and educational life. They will be able to face all the problems without a parent's immediate support. It’s good for students to be challenged because it will boost their self-awareness. Students will finally realize what they're capable of.
Establishing Important Relations
The possibility of establishing beneficial relations with others, visiting historic sites and meeting locals ensures a larger networking sphere for future goals. Meeting new friends, being able to communicate with them remotely, and visiting each other can last a lifetime.
When students join educational travel trips, they learn to
- Master new skills
- Learn how to navigate in a foreign language
- Realize the differences between cultures
- Obtain a different learning experience
- Develop socializing and teamwork
- Become self-confident and independent
- Enrich their world view
- cited from FTN News
Testimonials from Expert Travelers
"Looking back, I recognize that those formative experiences I had as a young person sent me on the trajectory for the success I’ve known as an adult. They were more important than college. Why? Because travel can transform us into the people we were meant to be. I felt inspired by the things I saw and the people I met, and was disturbed by my own prior lack of understanding of the bigger, grander world." — January 17, 2018
"Beyond the discovery of new places and breathtaking sights and monuments is the discovery of self, of the layers and fabric you are made of, and what it means to be true to yourself and live well." - Janaina, Dec 10,2022
“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem.” Steve Jobs
"In fact, a 2016 globally representative study by the Student & Youth Travel Association, a nonprofit that seeks to improve and increase travel among young people, found that “a travel experience triggers a process of accelerated personal development, contributes to better academic performance, and improves social interaction between young people.” The same study found that students who traveled had an increased willingness to learn and explore and more independence, curiosity, self-esteem, and confidence. I know of few school-based initiatives that have the same kind of impact on students." — January 17, 2018
How Does Experiential Learning Work?
Students Learn Better By Doing
"Creates real-world relevance: Students may tune out lectures if they think the material doesn’t pertain to the real world. Experiential learning takes data and concepts and applies them to hands-on tasks, yielding real results. As the student interacts with the information, it becomes real to them. Of course, each student’s learning experience will be guided by their unique perspective, and thus each will interact with the information and the task in different ways—and may have different results. In this way, the experiential classroom emulates “real” society.
Provides the opportunity for creativity: In our world, problems often have more than one solution. Experiential learning enables the student to engage the creative portions of their brain and seek their unique solution to the problem or task. This creative problem-solving, and the variety of results produced, enrich the classroom as a whole.
Provides the opportunity for reflection: Reflective observation is an integral component of experiential learning theory. By incorporating concrete experiences with abstract concepts and reflecting on the outcome, students engage more regions of their brains and make personal connections with the material. They analyze how their actions affected the outcome and how their outcome may have differed from those of other students. This analysis helps them better understand how the concepts they’ve learned can be applied to other circumstances.
Teaches the value of mistakes: Experiential learning involves trial by error. As students engage in hands-on tasks, they find that some approaches work better than others. They discard the methods that don’t work, but the act of trying something and then abandoning it becomes a valuable part of the learning process. Students learn not to fear mistakes, but to benefit from, and remember them.
Accelerates learning: As discussed in our article about How the Brain Learns, the act of practicing a skill strengthens the neural connections in the brain, making us, in effect, “smarter.” Hands-on activities require practice, problem-solving, and decision-making. As student engagement increases through these processes, learning accelerates, and retention improves.
Guides students toward the future: Many experiential learning projects are career-oriented because they’re grounded in real-world activities. Through these activities, students start to discover and develop their skills, aptitudes, and passions. This self-discovery sets them on a more defined path to what they want to pursue after graduation, including college and careers.
Prepares students for adult life: Most experiential learning activities are communal, with students working in groups. Through these team projects, students learn to work more effectively together, developing a plan of action and capitalizing on the unique strengths of each team member. In turn, the students learn how to lead, how to think critically, and how to adapt to changing circumstances.
With all of the ways experiential learning engages students’ emotions while enhancing their knowledge and skills, who wouldn’t want to implement the practice in their classroom? Additionally, when students see the concrete fruits of their labor, they experience greater gratification and pride, enhancing their enthusiasm for continued learning." cited from Envision Experience
Students Need More Opportunities For Success
"Bright children are often intense, sensitive, idealistic, and concerned with fairness, and they are quick to see inconsistencies and absurdities in the classroom, in their families, and in the world. They are able to see issues on a universal scale, along with the complexities and implications of those issues. Children with high expectations and idealism are often disappointed, and disillusionment seems to occur mainly among the most idealistic children. They may become disillusioned only in some areas, or they may become completely disenchanted with life, which often leads to feelings of loneliness, unhappiness, anxiety, and even depression." cited from NAGC
"Teachers and parents may try to reassure these children by saying something like “You can make a difference in the world when you grow up.” But such statements are seldom comforting because these bright minds are keenly aware of so many issues and needs around them, and they feel helpless to fix the many troubling problems they see. As a result, they can become disillusioned and depressed even at a young age." cited from NAGC
- "Help these youngsters find other idealists. Feeling alone, disillusioned, and powerless can be truly miserable. When these children are with other idealists, they feel less alone and more empowered, perhaps able to find new ways of viewing the world."
- Disillusionment implies a dissatisfaction with the status quo. As such, it can be an opportunity to gain wisdom and a positive life lesson that can lead to personal growth and sometimes a newfound feeling of belonging and purpose." cited from NAGC
Statistics Show AP Travel School is a Success!
Research has shown that 40% of students who travel abroad become more outgoing, and 42% say they learned to express themselves better as a result of traveling.
Newfound confidence sticks with them upon their return, giving them more confidence in their day-to-day activities and to take on new experiences. This is summed up by the 56% of respondents that said traveling increased their feelings of independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
On the smallest scale, we find that 70% of students who travel to other countries increase their desire to try new foods
Long after their travels, 60% of students who’ve participated in group tours to other countries report an increased desire to learn, grow and explore more – as well as an enhanced desire to continue traveling.
Advanced Placement Courses and Countries Available
Options: Each group of travelers will choose 3 courses and 3 countries from lists below to create their 3 week trip.
*AP Spanish *AP English Literature
*AP French *AP English Language
*AP Latin *AP European History
*AP Art History
& other AP courses upon request
*Spain (Madrid, Barcelona)
*France (Paris, Marseille, Nice)
*Portugal (Lisbon, Porto)
*Italy (Florence, Mantua, Venice, Rome)
*Czech Republic (Prague)
*Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf)
*England (London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham)
Travelers will experience
*many daily hours of learning the AP Course curriculum which will prepare them for their school year
*many daily tours of historic gems in each city
*three or more European cities
*authentic European meals
*strong understanding of their AP curriculum
*see, firsthand, what they will be studying throughout their school year
*practicing their language assimilation
*meeting locals and making new friends
*a deeper understanding of their place in the world, more than an AP classroom curriculum can provide.
Note: Students will stay at in city centers (often at local universities) and live like a local-- all while studying for the May AP Exam.