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How Student Tours Work: Planning and Executing

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Planning a student tour is easy with Junior Tours.  We work to educator vision of learning objectives for your student tour group, defining it with our decades of experience in the sector.

Since 1967, we’ve been the teacher’s choice for tours which have taken over 500,000 students to destinations all over the USA.

Let’s talk about how student tours work:  planning and executing.  With Junior Tours, they’re a cinch.

Planning the perfect student tour.

Contacting us for a sample itinerary and quotation is your first move.  One of our Junior’s planning experts will contact you within 72 hours when you fill out our online form, to discuss your goals for the tour.

Once you’ve nailed down your itinerary, tour duration and other details, we’ll provide you with suggestions for enhancement through tailored experiences to make your tour group’s adventure even more valuable.

Here’s where you set up your fundraising efforts.  Junior Tours provides you with an array of fundraising resources to help you raise the money you need to cover tour expenses.  We know your group has a budget and we help you work within it.  There’s even a student scholarship option, worth up to $1,000 per student applying.

The sooner you start promoting your tour to students, the more successful it will be.  Junior has online resources to help you with that, too, including a simple tool for setting up a tour website.

Executing your tour.

Now that the planning’s done, it’s time to enjoy your experience.  Your group gets 24/7 support with a dedicated Tour Guide who ensures that your tour is realized seamlessly, down to the finest detail.

You and your students enjoy the adventure and excitement of visiting the destinations on your tour, while Junior Tours sweats the details.  We focus solely on your group.  We don’t combine groups, or add people to your tour you don’t know.  With Junior Tours, we provide a boutique experience that’s entirely focused on your group.

Junior is there for the duration of the tour to ensure that you and your students have the most valuable experience possible.

Student tours with the best.

No matter where your tour group ventures, Junior takes them on the educational adventure of a lifetime.  Because of longstanding relationships with select vendors, we bring your students the very best in learning excursions for an experience they’ll never forget.

Junior Tours opens the door to educational travel for teachers from all 50 states.  We’ve been doing it since 1967, so you’re assured of an adventure to remember.  Junior creates student educational adventures that make learning fun.

About Junior.

Junior Tours is the acknowledged leader in planning and executing student educational tours, all over the USA.  We offer logistical and programming excellence that answers educator goals.  Our long tenure in student tour planning brings you unique adventures, supported by decades of experience.

How student tours work: planning and executing really is this easy.  When you tour with Junior, you tour with the professionals.

Contact us to request an itinerary for your student tour.

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Why Customized Tours Are the Best Option for Students

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Teachers create learning experiences for their students every day.  But getting out of the classroom and into the thick of America’s living history and vibrant culture is the catalyst for making those experiences more profound. Students love to travel, being naturally curious.  As students, though, they’re looking for a deeper connection with what they’re learning and that can only be achieved in the field. That’s why customized tours are the best option for students.  Combined with the thrill of walking onto the vast stage of American history and culture, a customized tour delivers maximum benefit by ensuring that all the right boxes are checked.

Reading about Gettysburg, the battles waged there and the famed words of Abraham Lincoln are one thing.  It’s quite another to place your students on the hallowed ground on which these events transpired.

Customized tours create an environment for learning uniquely engineered to educator goals.  They work from the interests of your students, bringing classroom learning to life as a compelling experiential adventure.

From Williamsburg to New Orleans.

A customized tour to historic sites brings animates and enriches learning.  History teachers may want their students to have the experience of historical re-enactments, or to attend cultural events which contemporize history in real time. Ideally, both!

From walking in the footsteps of early American settlers at Jamestown, to discovering the long and fascinating past of the Crescent City, a customized tour with a tailored theme is a unique learning experience.  What student could forget a stroll through Colonial Williamsburg, or a visit to Preservation Hall?

New York City’s teeming streets are the bearers of stories from around the world, where our ancestors first unpacked their hopes and dreams on these shores, all in the shadow of the torch-bearing Lady Liberty.  Atlanta, birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., is home to the center named for him and in honor of non-violent change. Budding broadcasters can increase their understanding at CNN headquarters, here.

A customized tour offers your students an educational adventure tailored to teacher vision and conformed to their special interests.  Planning and execution that creates a rich experience, realized seamlessly and professionally, is why customized tours are the best option for students.

A customized experience with Junior Tours.

Junior Tours is a leader in creating student tours which animate what your students are learning about.  With access to premier vendors all over the USA, Junior brings you 50 years’ experience, working with teachers from all 50 states.

We’ve created tangible learning adventures for 500,000 K12 students who come to us for a customized experience that’s one-of-a-kind.

With detailed planning and a half century planning student tours, we’re professionals who know why customized tours are the best option for students.  Junior Tours was founded by a teacher to create exceptional learning experiences, with personalized service and the fine attention to detail that makes for superior learning enhancement which is both fun and engaging.

Visit us for an itinerary and quote and experience the very best in customized tours for students, with Junior Tours.

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What Makes Teachers the Best Travelers?

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Teachers are one of the most crucial pillars in our society.  They identify the vocations of young people by getting to know them and sharing knowledge with them.  They work overtime to make sure their students are getting what they need to succeed in life. That’s quite a commission to fulfill.

But we’re going to share a secret with you:  teachers are the best travelers!  We’ve seen this truth borne out repeatedly, in our 5 decades of taking student groups on educational tours.

So, what makes teachers the best travelers?  Let’s find out.

Planning.

A skilled teacher knows that well-structured education lies in the planning.  While most of us have our feet up, teachers are planning lessons within an overarching framework of educational goals realized over time.

Teachers have a limited amount of classroom time to get to their educational goals and know how to use that time economically.  Planning is key to reaching their goals for students.

Education is a journey.  So, when teachers travel, they apply the same principles to their excursion that they do in the classroom.  They plan to get the most from every day.  They pack for contingencies and do so sparingly.

Curiosity.

Teachers across the K12 spectrum share a key quality – curiosity.  They’re not only curious about the world around them.  They’re curious about how their students will respond to what they’re teaching.  There’s a give and take in teaching in which the instructor is often instructed.  This is one of the most exciting aspects of teaching.

That same curiosity is part of what makes teachers the best travelers.  They’re as wide-eyed with fascination as their students are.  With the pool of knowledge they command, they have the ability to see beneath the surface of things and glean from travel experiences something richer and more valuable.

People skills.

Every successful traveler can interact effortlessly with the people they meet along the way.  Teachers are uniquely suited to this key aspect of travel because they’re working with hundreds of students, every year.

Those students turn over, from grade to grade and so, the teacher acclimatizes to new faces and personalities as a way of life.

Travel demands openness.  At the same time, savvy travelers assess people and situations honestly and quickly.  Teachers do that every day with their students.

They finesse conflicts, settle restlessness and interact with students where they stand.   People skills are at the heart of good teaching and they serve teachers when they venture out into the world to travel.

What makes teachers the best travelers?  A combination of qualities that creates success in the classroom.  Planning, curiosity, and people skills are three of the most uniformly desirable traits in educators.

They’re also three of the most desirable traits in travelers, when you think about it.

Junior Tours – the teacher’s educational tour provider.

At Junior, we work with teachers from all 50 States.  Founded by a teacher, we create unique educational tours that work from educator goals.  Contact us for an itinerary and quote.

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For Teachers – Pre and Post Field Trip Planning Tips

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When you take your students on a field trip, it’s much more than a day at the park.  While you’re anxious to provide them with a fun experience, you’re also intent on cementing what they’re learning with a value-added experience. For teachers, pre and post field trip planning can make all the difference to the quality of the excursion.  Knowing what you want them to retain while they’re out there and having a plan for mobilizing that learning afterwards, are key aspects of successful field trips.

So, this post is for teachers – pre and post field trip planning tips.  How you frame your field trip before and after you go can add educational value and galvanize your students’ retention of the subject matter.

Seeding the experience.

Today’s classroom is supported by technology.  Wherever you’re taking your class, you know there’s going to be a detailed website to explore.  Assigning each of your students to a subject page on that website and making them “field trip authorities” is a fun way to offer them a chance to both learn and lead.

Talk to your kids about the place they’re visiting and how important it is for them to represent their school with dignity and decorum.  Instilling in them the reality that they’ll be ambassadors for their school and town is a great way to dispense with regulatory guidelines that may seem oppressive.  Casting them in the role of emissaries is another way to help them learn about leadership.

Introduce your class to terms they may hear during their field trip.  This boosts their vocabulary and trains them to see opportunity in personal development; opportunity that opens doors to even more knowledge.

Cementing the experience.

After you’ve returned from your field trip and you’re back in the classroom, it’s important to cement what’s been learned in the minds of your students.  Holding an intentional “open forum” on the day’s events about what was seen and learned creates a sharing environment in which your students gain value from hearing other perspectives.

Extend the experience of having represented their school by asking your students to write letters to leadership at the museum, event or attraction you attended.  Letters should thank these people by sharing thoughts on the unique value of the field trip’s subject.

Create a media release to local news outlets, describing your class’s experience and sharing with the media the value of the trip and its subject.  Everyone can get involved in this.  If the group has photographs, the best of these can be selected by the class and included with the media release.

Field trips that matter, with Junior Tours.

At Junior Tours, we create memorable educational opportunities for students.  Field trips that matter stick with students, enhancing education by bringing it to life.

Since 1967, Junior Tours has been working with teachers across the USA to help students reach higher with outstanding field trips and tours that support education with the thrill of discovery.  To find out more, request an itinerary and quote.

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Top 7 High School Senior Trip Destinations In 2017

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These top 7 high school senior trip destinations in 2017 offer seniors experiences they’ll remember their whole lives.  Let’s go!

1. London, England.

London offers visitors big city bustle, coupled with the echoes of a long and noble history.  It’s the home of the Queen of England and the seat of English government.

From the regal splendour of Buckingham Palace to the sober gravitas of 10 Downing Street, London offers high school seniors an adventure through time in a great European city.

2. Quebec City, Canada.

Founded in 1608, Quebec City is the oldest French-speaking city in the Americas.  Its past is one which tells the story of Canada and the destiny of our continent.

From a battle between empires on the Plains of Abraham to the majestic Chateau Frontenac and its commanding vista of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is a feast for adventurous seniors.

3. New York City, NY.

One of the world’s most kinetic cities, the Big Apple is a delight for high school seniors.  Offering the full sweep of our nation’s story as the world’s melting pot, the neighbourhoods established by those arriving at Ellis Island were built on diversity.

From the “Crossroads of the World” at Times Square to the towering art deco grandeur of the Empire State Building, New York beckons seniors with its wealth of lore, history, and adventure.

4. Niagara Falls, Canada.

If you’ve ever wondered what 4 million cubic feet of water tumbling through space looked, sounded and felt like, this famous destination is where you can find out.  Nearby Toronto is Canada’s largest English-speaking city and a cultural and financial powerhouse.

Combining these two destinations brings high school seniors the Canadian urban experience and an up-close and personal encounter with a natural wonder they’ll never forget.

5. Boston, MA.

Rich in historical significance, Boston is the site of the Freedom Trail and it all begins at the famed Boston Common.  The notorious tax revolt known as the Boston Tea Party is one of the city’s most acclaimed moments in the American story.

It’s here that Henry David Thoreau penned the reflective masterpiece, Walden and where the Battle of Lexington and Concord raged – the first of the Civil War.

6. Chicago, IL.

American poet, Carl Sandburg, described Chicago as the “city of the big shoulders”.  As the second largest city in the USA, Chicago’s shoulders are broad, indeed.

With its outstanding architecture and thriving cultural scene, Chicago is a singular experience of the urban face of our nation.

7. New Orleans, LA.

The Crescent City’s beating heart is the legendary French Quarter, with its lacy wrought iron balconies.  Here, seniors will sense that they’re enveloped in a past, yet present.

The nearby wetlands offer an excursion among graceful Spanish moss and a unique eco-system, where seniors can experience the life of the Cajun people who live there.

These top 7 high school senior trip destinations are what we specialize in at Junior Tours. Contact us for a free sample itinerary and share the adventure.