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Going abroad with your students

After the Hat Fair, Winchester

Last summer, I went to England with my students. As you can guess, it was a big responsibility. When I learnt I was accepted as the group leader of the students, I felt so happy. Thanks to my school!

It was a summer school programme providing some trips to many places.  Of course, my favourite part was the free time given during the trips. That was the shopping time for all of us.

The summer school was full of children from different countries so my students had the chance to practice their English and they did not get any help from me.

I also had hard and harsh time. One of the students got sick and I had to check him many times at night. I was like a 7×24 mum for them. After this trip, I nearly understood what a mother is like and how she feels.

No matter what the students ’age is, they can miss their families and act like the weirdest. You might see them crying and talking to themselves or to their suitcases. They might forget to take a shower or tidy up and it is you who must remind that! And comes the worst, it is you who should control them spending their money.  What I did was to collect all their money and give it to the case of the school and take some and give them every day.

Would you also want to go abroad with your students? If you haven’t done that, it’s time to try. If you think that would be hard, it’s time to change your idea. If your school does not provide a trip for students, it’s time to suggest the administrators.

Good Luck with that!

  1. I’ll be going to Paris in April with some kids for a Comenius project. Luckily another teacher is coming too so I don’t feel that all the responsibility will be on my shoulders. I once took a group of high school students (8 pretty girls!) to London for a long weekend. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours and was forever counting them to make sure I hadn’t lost any! That was too much and even though the trip was a success I still say: never again!
    :-) CoffeeAddict

  2. Hello CoffeeAddict,

    That’s great. I think going abroad for the Comenius project must be better. And I believe it must be harder with 8 high school girls:)

  3. Dear Merve,

    We’re arranging Summer School for juniors because I’m an English Teacher and at the same time I’m an academic advisor for students. I’m working in an agency also one of International Education Agent. The rate of applying to summer school from Private Schools is more than applying from Government Schools. I would like to see more leader teachers with the junior groups who are looking forward to have a great experience introducing other cultures from the world. However some teachers do not reccon as we do. It’s OK! Now the rate is less but it will be higher than the past.

    Congratulations for your courage!

    All the best,

  4. Dear SUSAYIN,

    Thank you for your couraging comment. As you mentioned, usually private school students prefer these kind of courses abroad. I think this is because of the financial stuff:( I wish some kids could be given some chance such as a scholarship or an award. This would really be motivating and a great experience for them. (Maybe there are some activities like this)