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Chaperone Going on a Field Trip

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Whether it will be your first time, or you already have the experience; whether you will give a part of your day or the whole day to spend time with a group — being a chaperone is an amazing experience!

At some point you will think to yourself: “How can they be sooo loud?” or “Oh, I don’t like kids!” But, at the end of the day, although exhausted, you will be thankful for such an opportunity.

So, here are some tips for your chaperone adventure:

Dress for action

Since you will be chasing the children in different places, make sure you have good shoes. Clothes should be light, but the jacket waterproof. Don’t forget the sunglasses and the hat!

Have enough water and snacks at hand

Make sure you are always well hydrated and grab the opportunities to have some snack, otherwise you will be exhausted very soon. The children will notice when you are down and out of energy. Yes, they are so smart!

Limit the use of your phone

Although for some chaperones there is work to do even when they are on a field trip, because of the safety of the ones you are accompanying, we kindly recommend that you stay off your phone!

Be careful with the photos

It’s great to take photos of the children when on a trip, just make sure the parents are okay with your posting of their children on Social Media.

Instead of that, a great idea would be to make a photo book and give it as a gift to all those in a group!

Count!

Because of the safety, you should be careful to count the children when they leave or rejoin the group for some reason (getting off the bus, going to the bathroom).

Many counting will be necessary, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Exhaust them

If you should enter the museum with seven-year-olds, make sure they have had some brisky activity before that, like climbing the hill. If they are out of breath, they don’t have the energy to behave badly.

You will be grateful to us for giving you these tips!

For more useful information and the tours we are offering, contact Junior Tours!

Wall Street sign on the wall

Business & Economics School Trips to New York

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You want your students to get the knowledge and gain a personal experience of the business world?

In that case, New York is the place to go!

New York offers business & economics students an extraordinary experience of a city in the very center of the global economy. You will inspire your students, and the atmosphere of this city will stay with them for their entire lives.

Visit places that will educate your students such as Federal Reserve Bank where our guide will tell them all about banking functions.

Here the world’s two biggest stock exchanges take place: New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

Wall Street

Wall Street is the world’s largest stock market and the main financial center in the United States. It’s a popular, long eight-block street that your students must see.

Because of the Wall Street, NYC became the most powerful city in the world economically speaking.

Your students will enjoy exploring this business world!

NYSE

NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) is very old, dates back to 1792. This is an auction market. Those who buy and those who sell do this physically by comparing bid prices and ask prices.

Market capitalization is more than 21.3 trillion.

It has blue chip firms involved with stable stocks, such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Walmart. There is 2,400 companies involved.

New York Stock Exchange

NASDAQ

NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) is the second largest stock market. Location of the market is One Liberty Plaza at Broadway. It is owned by Nasdaq Inc., and came into existence 1971.

Market capitalization (market cap) is 11 trillion dollars.

It is known as a high-tech market, having many firms involved with internet and electronics, such as Google, Facebook, Apple… There are more than 3,800 companies that are trading.

Nasdaq is a dealer’s market which means that those who participate don’t buy and sell by themselves, but through a dealer. It happens electronically.

All of it you will learn at your school trip!

Also, you will learn how to understand the nature of Business, how to make decisions relevant to marketing, about international trade, and much more.

Of course, beside the economic side of NYC, don’t forget to visit The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building and Central Park!

Contact Junior Tours! We will make sure your students have an amazing experience of this great city!

Museum of Modern Art MoMa

5 Seriously Cool Places for Art Students to Visit in NYC

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To be an art student visiting New York is an exciting thing. We chose five amazing places for you to visit while you are in this vibrant city, and make sure you visit them all for the best experience!

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

If you want to see most unique and inspiring art, this is the place to be. Situated in Manhattan, this museum is a collection of modern and contemporary art composed of drawing, painting, photography, film, electronic media…

MoMa has a reputation of displaying world’s best art pieces back from the 18th century through today.

Among many of amazing exhibits was a structure by the name “Wendy.”  It was huge, blue, had a spike-like appearance and was air-filtering (fought the pollution of about 250 cars).

Os Gemeos x Futura

These two twin brothers are famous for their gigantic character pieces put up all over the landscape. For instance, there was an 80 ft art of a child painted on the building on 21st Street.

You want to see that for sure!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“The Met” is the biggest museum in The United States. With around 7 million visitors per year, it’s the third most visited museum in the world. It was founded in 1870 with the purpose of educating American people about the art.

With the variety of art-pieces passing the walls of this museum constantly, this is the place you do not want to miss out! Just about any famous artist had their piece of art in this museum!

Metropolitan Museum of Art NYCWhitney Museum of American Art

Located in Manhattan, this museum offers variety of contemporary art. It features great exhibitions of 20th & 21st century American art.

The founder of the museum, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was herself a sculptor and a collector of art pieces.

This permanent exhibition comprises of more than 20 thousand different art groups, including paintings, photographs, videos, and more.

The Frick Collection

Also situated in Manhattan, the Frick is among the famous small museums in the U.S. It has a collection of old master paintings, sculptures, and fine furniture.

It’s featuring some of the best European artists such as Giovanni Bellini, El Greco, Francisco Goya…

The Frick has yearly attendance reaching up to 300,000, which is a great number for its size.

For a wonderful experience with your art students, contact Junior Tours!

Historic Jamestown in Williamsburg

Students Find History and Fun in Williamsburg

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Historic Williamsburg holds in its cobblestoned streets America’s story.  This is one of 3 cities that comprise America’s Historic Triangle, with nearby Jamestown and Yorktown completing the triangle.

Students will experience the life of American settlers of the 17th and 18th Centuries and find themselves exploring the first English settlement in the Americas.  The Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestown provide them with a direct encounter with this crucial element of the nation’s history.

Students find history and fun in Williamsburg around every corner.  Let’s explore!

In the heart of history

Williamsburg’s historical legacy is so rich, you won’t know where to start.  That’s where Junior Tours come in.  We select from the plethora of historical sites on offer to tailor your tour to educator and curricular needs, creating the ideal itinerary for your group.

Junior selects the most relevant tours for your group from the wide variety on offer in the storied Triangle.  Be dazzled by the historical knowledge of costumed guides who provide detailed commentary, every step of the way.

Traipse through the annals of Early American history along the 5-mile long Jamestowne Island Trail or discover the ancient life of the area at Historic Jamestowne itself in the archaeological finds on display there.

The Jamestown Settlement will thrill students with faithful replicas of the 3 ships that brought early settlers here in 1607.  At the Powhatan Village, students will encounter the life of regional First Peoples at this reconstructed site.

Jamestown trail in Williamsburg

Historic Yorktown

The nation’s first President, George Washington, wasn’t just the USA’s first leader.  He was a General, too, leading his troops into battle against General Cornwallis.  His victory is the genesis of our independence from British rule.

Yorktown Battlefield is today a site you can’t miss when visiting Williamsburg.  General Washington’s headquarters are here, as well as the Yorktown Victory Center, which guides students through revolutionary times.

A visit here should also include a visit to the reconstruction of a farm from the 1780s, so students can appreciate the backbreaking work that went into establishing a settlement.  They’ll learn about agricultural practices which included food preservation for the harsh winter months and the production of fabric from wool to make clothing.

And some fun, too!

With their minds soaked in American history, students can cut loose with a visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  Here’s they’ll enjoy hair-raising amusement park rides and great entertainment in a European-inspired setting.

But wait, there’s more!  Water Country USA is another nearby attraction and the largest waterpark in the mid-Atlantic region.

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

The perfect itinerary with Junior Tours

Williamsburg’s dizzying array of historical sites demands the support of a longstanding student travel resource.  Junior Tours brings you more than 50 years of creating superior educational experiences that thrill students and support educator vision.

We take you there with keen destination and vendor knowledge, but we don’t stop at the itinerary.  We send you with one of our expert guides, providing 24-hour support and security.

Go with Junior and get the most from your Williamsburg visit. Contact us to get started.

Oval Office in Washington, DC

Student Tours and Travel to Washington, DC

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Washington, DC is internationally known as a powerhouse of political influence.  There is no question that it lives in people’s imaginations as the place from which world affairs ebb and flow.

Here you’ll find all the mechanisms of legislative, judicial and executive authority which turn the wheels of our nation and its destiny.  From Capitol Hill to the Pentagon, it’s inside the Beltway that history is made and leaders arise to point the way forward.

Whether your students are studying history, political science or government and how it molds their lives, there is no city on earth with more to teach them than Washington, DC.  Student tours and travel to Washington, DC are a journey to the center of what makes the USA great.

Meeting giants

Junior Tours has been creating exceptional student tours since 1967, when it was founded by former teacher, Marty Abrams.

Marty wanted to create a professional resource for teachers interested in showing their students the world outside the classroom, as it related to their studies.  He knew that student travel enlivened education, by giving it real-world texture and context.

You can tell your students about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal in the classroom.  But the classroom doesn’t offer them the experience of walking through this 4-term President’s life in the Oval Office.

Teachers can relate to students the great deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he changed the face of the USA.  But they can’t stand in the shadow of his monument or see the links in the chain of history which led to the Civil Rights Movement.

Related sites like the home of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and activist, or the monument to President Lincoln – who finally ended the Institution of slavery – richly introduce students to giants they’ve only read about in books.

This is the beauty of Washington, DC.  Our national story is laid bare in this place of monuments, museums and living history, allowing students to directly experience it in all its triumph and tragedy.

Discovering government

An education in civics is a precious gift to your students, preparing them for their lives as citizens engaged with their government structures.

Visit the Capitol and discover how the United States was founded and how Congress, where the laws of the USA are made by our elected representatives, came to be established.  Here, you can even watch Congress in session.

Students with an interest in political life will be inspired by a day on Capitol Hill, taking in Congress chambers (even if Congress isn’t sitting at the time of your visit), the Exhibition Hall and a guided tour of the Capitol.

Washington, DC Capitol Hill

Go with Junior

Take your students to Washington, DC, with student tours and travel and open the doors to learning.  Junior’s knowledge of vendors and itineraries makes us the right choice to provide your students with a personalized experience that enhances your teaching.

We’ve just scraped the surface of Washington’s endless educational interest.  Ready to go?  Contact us for a free sample itinerary and quote.

Niagara Falls Toronto

Student Travel Attractions in Toronto and Niagara Falls

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Toronto is Canada’s largest urban center.  Located in Ontario, it’s also the hub of the nation’s commercial life and a hop, skip and jump away from one of the most famous waterfalls in the world.

A side trip to Niagara Falls is an opportunity not to be missed when visiting this spectacular Canadian city, home to numerous attractions your students will love.

Let’s find out more about student travel attractions in Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Kensington Market and Chinatown

Kensington Market is a vibrant, ethnically diverse center, offering visitors a sensory assault of sights, aromas and flavors from around the world.  Just like Toronto, the market is home to a blend of cultural backgrounds and ethnic delights.  With a reputation for multiculturalism and welcome, Kensington Market is an emblem of the city.

Students will delight at the proliferation of vintage clothing boutiques and cool cafes to be found here and with Toronto’s large, thriving Chinatown just around the corner, they’re bound to find something great to satisfy their hunger.

Casa Loma

If you thought the USA had the “eccentric millionaire” market cornered, you obviously haven’t heard about Canada’s Sir Henry Mill P. Ellett.

Ellett was a financier, businessman and industrialist with a strong romantic streak.  It was this part of his colorful character that led him to have the incredible Casa Loma built high on a hill overlooking Toronto.

His choice of architectural style was Medieval, a complex choice which took 300 workers 3 years to complete, at a staggering cost of $3.5 million in 1911.  Ellett’s fantastical property continues to amaze visitors.

Casa Loma Toronto

Maid of the Mist

Since its inception in 1846, the Maid of the Mist has captured the imaginations of people all over the world.  This ship is undoubtedly the best way to witness the majesty of Niagara Falls in all their misty glory.

The Maid of the Mist is also the oldest tourist attraction in North America, running continuously for well over 100 years and conveying millions of fall-watchers on their watery encounters with the base of the falls.

Celebrities as diverse as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Marilyn Monroe have all set sail on this iconic ship.

Journey Behind the Falls and Whitewater Walk

Give your students the full Niagara Falls experience with these two additional attractions.  Journey Behind the Falls takes you behind the natural wonder to witness the spectacle of fully 1/5th of the world’s fresh water crashing into the Niagara basin.   Your students will understand the true meaning of the word “awe” after their visit.

The Whitewater Walk is another unique Niagara Falls experience, which takes your students into the heart of the falls on a boardwalk bordering the most untamed whitewater in the world.

As the waters crash and the mists envelope your students, they’ll develop a new respect for nature.

White Water walk TorontoGo with Junior

Junior Tours has been taking students places since 1967, when a retired teacher had a vision of a professional resource for student travel.

See Toronto and Niagara Falls with Junior.  Contact us.

Once upon a time story telling bench in Philly

Philadelphia Offers Students Lessons in Liberty

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Cheesesteaks and liberty may seem like an unlikely duo, but that’s what you’ll find in Philadelphia.  This city is a piquant blend of street-smart Irish and Italian-American attitude and American history that makes it unlike any other city in the nation.

While the locals may seem a little brusque at first, they’re good folk at heart, fueled by a time-honored craft beer tradition, whiskey and meat dripping with melted cheese, doled out at any number of fine cheesesteak establishments throughout the city.

Philadelphia offers students lessons in liberty, but it also provides a window into a city which drips as much attitude as it does cheesy goodness.

Brotherly love:  Once Upon a Time

This is the city of brotherly love, reflected in its Greek name.  In that spirit, the City of Philadelphia has established the award-winning Once Upon a Time story-telling benches, where trained storytellers relate true tales of this historic city you won’t hear anywhere else.

Lean in to capsule 3-5 minute histories from these master orators.  Students can collect a story-telling flag at the Philadelphia Visitors’ Center and collect a star to stick on it from each of the 13 tale-tellers at 13 historic locations.  These signify the 13 original colonies.

If there’s one thing you can say about Philly attitude is that it’s borne of a love for this place and this program richly reflects that.

1776 – a great year for Philly

It was in 1776 that Philadelphia was the site of the Declaration of Independence’s signing.  But it’s here you’ll also find the fabled Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross’s original, handsewn contribution to our national identity – the American flag.  With its original 13 stars and stripes, it reminds us how far we’ve come since we first set out as a fledgling nation.

Independence Hall is another historical site which figures prominently in the moment the USA came to be.  This is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, where George Washington was commissioned as the first Commander-In-Chief and where our treasured Constitution was drafted.

Pat’s King of Steaks

Established in 1930, there is no cheesesteak joint more iconic than Pat’s.  It’s here that the art of the cheesesteak – which stands as an icon of Philadelphia perhaps as potent as the Liberty Bell – has been perfected.

1930 is also the year that the Olivieri brothers decided to add a twist to their hot dog stand, substituting chopped steak for dogs and adding melted cheese and onions.  Philly folklore relates that a passing cabbie saw what was going on, ordered one and then told everyone he met about the culinary delight he’d just experienced.

The Philly cheesesteak phenomenon was born!  While you can now find this sandwich pretty well everywhere, don’t tell a native you’ve had better than Pat’s anywhere but Philly.

That could earn an errant educator some major Philly attitude!

Go with Junior

Junior Tours has been taking students places for over 50 years.  We’re a small, boutique operation that tailors itineraries to curricular needs and educator vision.

Contact us to experience Philadelphia!

New York City financial district

New York City Tours | New York Things to Do in 2018

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New York City is a world unto itself.  There’s a lot more to this teeming metropolis than concrete buildings.  New York City is one of the world’s most vibrant urban centers, known worldwide as the home of literary giants, theatrical spectacles, artistic masterworks and high finance.

But New York is also known for its internationally renowned fashion houses and Madison Avenue, the vast green expanse of Central Park and monuments like the Statue of Liberty – a symbol of America’s promise to newcomers.

Let’s look at some off the beaten track tours on offer in New York City to fire your imagination and set the wheels in motion for your upcoming visit.

Financial District and Wall Street

Located in Lower Manhattan, there’s a lot more to this part of town than insider trading, Goldman Sachs and Gordon Gekko.

This is Old New York and one of the coolest parts of the island we call Manhattan.  A visit to the Financial District is a walk in the footsteps of early Dutch settlers whose presence is still seen in local gabled architecture, amidst the towering concrete and glass Manhattan is famous for.

Remember that NYC started out life as New Amsterdam, established by Dutch settlers who arrived in the 1600s.

Visit Wall Street and discover the humble origins from which it gave birth to vast fortunes, even beyond America’s borders.

Finish your explorations at the 911 Memorial and World Trade Center, where students can contemplate the renewal and hope which sprang from the ashes of this brutal terrorist attack.

The Beats and others in Greenwich Village

The winding streets and alleys of Greenwich Village were home to the well-heeled in the 19th Century, but by the mid-20th Century, it became the nexus for the Beat generation and a center of Bohemian non-conformism.

Here’s where Beat greats like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg had their digs, as well as contemporary William S. Burroughs.  Together with the giants of other ages, like Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams and James Baldwin, the Beats would gather at the mythical San Remo café to share their lively banter and the rich life of people living on the edge of a changing society.

Not far away author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott lived in two adjoined brick houses built by her uncle.  From 1867-1870, she was known to sit in a second-story window, as she wrote.  It’s here that she completed her most famous work.

Greenwich Village

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

If you’ve ever heard the song, “Bread and Roses” (a hymn to the rights of working people), then you’ll have a sense of the story of this place – a place where a tremendous tragedy spurred monumental change.

Also located in Greenwich Village, the factory was consumed by fire on March 25, 1911, causing women workers to leap to their deaths.  The incident spurred reform in NYC labor codes and inspired at least two books to be written.

New York City’s secrets are unending.  Experience them with the NYC insiders at Junior Tours.

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The Keys to Planning Your ‘Tour Team’ (aka Chaperones)

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Every detail counts when you’re preparing a student tour, but nothing’s more important than selecting the right chaperones.

When word seeps out that you’re planning a tour, you’ll rapidly discover that you’re the most popular teacher around (who could have imagined?).  Parents and colleagues will pop out of the woodwork to volunteer.

Some will offer cookies.

But wannabe chaperones are not always made of the right stuff to be supports for touring students.  That’s why we’ve put together this post sharing the keys to planning your ‘tour team’ (aka chaperones).

Know your policy

If it’s your first time touring with your students, you need to check with administration concerning district policies about chaperones.  How many students per chaperone, for example?  Add one more to that number.

If one of your students falls ill while you’re touring, you’ll still have the policy-mandated number of chaperones, as one stays behind to nurse your sick traveler.

Also, find out if administration requires a staff member to come on tour with you.  Not all school districts have this policy in place, but you need to know before getting started in earnest.  One position may have already been spoken for.

Who are these people?

As we’ve pointed out above, not everyone’s chaperone material.  Specific attributes make effective chaperones.

A key quality you’re looking for in your chaperones is standing in the school community.  Are your candidates engaged and recognized by students and faculty? Are they leaders?  Do they regularly volunteer to help with school events?

You’re seeking adults that your students respect and admire and who have some previous experience traveling with groups of young people.  You’ll also need at least one chaperone with CPR training, as anything can happen on tour and most districts require this.

Once you’ve gotten together your tour team, you need to discern who on that team are the obvious choices to act as your team leads.  There should be two – one female and one male.  These two chaperones should model all the qualities and virtues you seek in the general group.

Think about taking along a “rookie”, so that you have a chaperone in training with you.  It’s always a good idea to nurture resources like future tour team members and leaders.

Preparation

It’s important that team members are kept in the loop about all your tour plans, from itinerary to room assignments to their evolving roles and duties.

The tour team is there to assist with tour needs like gathering paperwork and setting up and administering fundraisers for your trip.  While on tour, every chaperone should be intimately familiar with your expectations and what you need from them, personally.

De-brief with your group at regular, informal meetings to share information and new aspects of the tour and its itinerary.  This creates camaraderie and unity and a tour community which supports the total success of your excursion.

Junior Tours

Junior’s been taking students on exceptional learning adventures for over 50 years.  When you go with Junior, you go with the best.  Contact us.

teacher and young students looking at the Earth globe

How Do Teachers Inspire Students with Travel?

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A dedicated teacher takes students to places they’ve never been, simply by standing at the front of the classroom and leading the way.  Without opening the door to the hallway, or leaving the building, so many teachers spend their days filling young minds with the inspiration that’s the stuff of dreams for the future.

But give a teacher a chance to get those students out of the classroom and to a fascinating educational adventure in a place they’ve only seen in pictures and inspiration blooms.

Travel broadens the minds of people of all ages, but for students, it’s an even more profound experience.  They’re so young and so fresh to the world that their eyes see things differently and their minds wrap themselves around the strange and the unusual readily.  They’re elastic beings in exploration mode all the time.

Oh, to be young again!  But teachers who travel with their students get to live vicariously, seeing the world again through those fresh, inquisitive eyes.

How do teachers inspire students with travel?  With a trusted, experienced partner that specializes in creating unique opportunities for students to learn in the field.

Junior Tours

In 1967, retired teacher Marty Abrams had a vision.  He envisioned a service that could help teachers realize the dream of taking their students to historical sites, areas of keen interest for specialized curricular focuses and areas where learning comes alive in a way that makes it fun.

Today Marty’s vision lives on in Junior Tours, a family-owned and operated boutique youth travel provider.  We’re small, so you and your students will never feel like you’re just a number.  We give you our personal attention, crafting itineraries that help you meet your educational goals for students, while making you look great.

And what teacher doesn’t need that kind of support?

At Junior, we believe in doing things differently, so we give your group the support it needs to have the most incredible tour and excursion experiences possible.  That’s why teachers from all 50 states call on us to take them to where the learning happens.

Expert support

Junior Tours’ youth travel experts support you from the moment you contact us for a free sample itinerary and quotation.  We help you with every aspect of your trip, with a four-step process that’s detailed, covering all your tour needs.

Because we know you need your plan to tour reviewed by administration, we provide credentials as one of our first services to you and your group.  From there, we guide through the process in a logical sequence which includes fundraising resources that support your quest to include as many students as possible in the excursion.

We stick with you throughout the planning process, then we send you on your trip with one of our reliable, professional tour guides who’s a 24/7 resource, ensuring a smoothly realized itinerary.

Go with Junior

How do teachers inspire students with travel?  They do it by going with the best youth travel provider in the sector – Junior Tours.  Inspiration is what we do.