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Taking educational tourism to the extreme

Every one of The STC’s school expeditions benefit from a healthy dose of educational tourism, whatever your destination.

But what if you want to dig deeper on a specific subject? Well, we can adapt your itinerary, taking a step further to maximise your students' learning potential. 

Though any of our school expeditions includes all the action, fun, exhilaration, and life-changing experiences that you could hope to shake an incense stick at, at the heart of every adventure is an opportunity to learn. Immersing your group into the culture of your destination will open your students eyes and minds, giving them a unique chance to broaden their horizons.

Our educational journeys do all this. But they go a step or two further too. You could say we like to take things to the extreme.

Practical learning

All our overseas educational trips will always give you a subject-related focus, whether that’s biology, geography, RE, economy, languages or IB CAS studies. The first step of our task is to talk to you and understand your objectives for the trip. We’ll then get our collective heads together to provide you with an itinerary that’s beneficial to your students' curriculum.

On top of that, we believe they should get a real understanding of every element that makes up your destination. Each of our adventures is unique of cours, tweaked and refined to suit you, and encompass as many activities as possible that are unusual, fun and guaranteed to give solid, subject-related practical learning experiences. And, hopefully, the first of many 'trips of a lifetime'.

Planes, trains, automobiles - and boots

So what can you expect from one of our educational tourism adventures? Well, it really depends on the subject your students are studying and what you, as their teacher, want or need them to get out of it. Every activity is planned to include as much practical learning as possible, as well as be stimulating and engaging.

Blended into your trip will be other activities, events and excursions, giving everyone a good flavour of the country or region you’re in. Whether that’s enjoying the hustle, bustle and haggling of street markets, visiting historically important sites or temples, or just embracing the culture, way of life and everything that goes with it on a day to day basis.

There will also be lots of travelling to get through, so you really get to see the landscapes, views and vistas unfold around you - and that could include walking and trekking, flying, or boat, train and driving trips - for several hours at a time, potentially across some tough terrain.

Borneo bound for biology

If you’re interested in going on a biology-based adventure with us, one of our most popular educational adventures could take you east to Malaysia and the northern tip of the island of Borneo. The island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago is well known for its biodiverse rainforest, wildlife and marine life. And trust us - none of your students will have experienced a biology trip quite like this before and we're pretty sure you will be hailed as some kind of hero for organising it!

Over a recommended itinerary of 16 days, you'll encounter some incredible sights and sounds as you set off trekking through the jungle of Borneo. After spending anunforgettable night in a hammock under the stars, you’ll trek further inland to the edge of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park.

From here, you’ll have a long journey by bus as you head towards the Danum Valley Field Centre. And this is where it gets even more interesting. You’ll spend two days here at this leading rainforest research facility with actual scientists, biologists and researchers, all carrying out essential work and research on Borneo ecology. While you’re there, you’ll be alongside them to see and learn from the work they’re doing and you might even get the opportunity to tackle your own research related activity.

So while that probably ticks more boxes than you imagined, it doesn’t end there. After the land-based jungle research, it’s time to head to the ocean. For the next four days you’ll be enjoying the crystal clear waters of the tropical South China Sea off the coast of Kota Kinabalu to complete your PADI Open Water Diver Scuba qualification.

One you’ve all completed your course and received your certificates (another Instagram-worthy moment for sure), you’ll be spending the next two days at the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC). After a tour of the centre and a briefing from the staff, it’s time to get back into a lab as you work with the team and learn about their important research into the local marine ecology. And, of course, you’ll get the chance to get involved in your own tasks in the centre too.

From West to East

So we’re pretty sure that educational tourism doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s just the tip of our iceberg. With the range of expeditions available from The STC reaching around the globe, from Costa Rica in the West to Japan in the East and every continent in between, we can make sure you’re subject is covered.

From language trip tours in the depths of deepest, darkest Peru, geography trips in the heights of the Himalayas, or religious study trips to the holy lands of Israel, Palestine and Jordan. You can guarantee interests will be piqued and imaginations captured, giving real insights and practical learning that textbook lessons in the classroom struggle to recreate.

For real, hands on, no holds barred educational expeditions with a rugged twist, get in touch with us here at The STC. We know the right people in all the right places to make sure your students get the maximum benefits from a study trip that will bring their subject alive and really help them take the next step in their careers.

To find out more about educational tourism, get in touch today on 01392 660056 or email: We can’t wait to tell you all about it!