New York City Tours, Designed for Drama Students

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Going on a student tour with a group of students encourages students to learn more, teaches them about things they might be interested in, and encourages them to pursue their dreams. Drama students may love a tour of New York City, the chance to view a Broadway show and the opportunity to learn more about the theaters of the Big Apple. Guided tours provide an abundance of activities designed to appeal to drama students who want to learn and see as much as possible.

Famous NYC Attractions

While the tour focuses on drama, there is plenty to see and do outside of theater-related activities. Students taking a guided student tour can see famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. They’ll tour through the city, stopping at many of the places they’ve always wanted to see and will have the experience of a lifetime while they’re in New York City.

Broadway Shows

Anyone interested in drama will love the chance to see a Broadway show. The show they can see depends on when the group takes the tour, but they’re going to love the chance to actually watch a Broadway show and see famous Broadway actors on stage. Depending on the tour chosen, it’s also possible to add a second Broadway show to the list of activities during the trip.

Meet a Broadway Professional

While seeing a Broadway show is exciting, drama students may be able to meet a Broadway professional. This gives them the chance to learn a lot more about what acting on Broadway is like as well as what they might expect if they’re interested in trying out for a Broadway show in the future. When this is included in the tour, it’s an unforgettable experience for all of the drama students.

Workshops for Drama Students

Some of the student tours include workshops as well as sightseeing and shows. During these workshops, the students get the chance to learn even more and to try their hand at some of the things they’ll learn. All of the students will have a fantastic time during the workshops and will return from the trip with a new appreciation for the arts as well as new skills they can put to use the next time they’re in a local play.

New York State Theater and Metropolitan Opera House

Drama-related sightseeing trips can be included as well to ensure the students get to visit the places they’re interested in. The New York State Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House are two stops the drama students won’t want to miss while they’re on a drama tour of New York City. Both of these places include a history of the arts in New York and abroad. The students will get the chance to see inside of the theaters and have the opportunity to learn more about the history of drama along with the history of these and other drama-related stops on the tour.

Student tours are an excellent way for students to be able to visit new places, learn more, and to divulge in their hobby. Drama students will enjoy a student tour of New York City designed with them in mind and will love visiting all of the places on the guided tour. Check out the drama-focused student tours in New York City today to learn more about the types of tours you can go on as well as what you might expect if you’re taking drama students on a guided tour to New York City. The students are going to thoroughly enjoy every part of the tour.

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Most Important Travel Trends for 2019

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You’re already up to your ears, planning for the coming school year and the student trips you intend to enliven classroom learning with.

You’ve got big plans for tying student travel into the curriculum, but are you aware of the most important travel trends for 2019?  Read more in this post about what those are and how they can inform your student travel planning for the coming year.

Winter Wonderlands

Winter travel is more popular than ever in 2019, offering snow enthusiasts the best of the season of cold weather.

Winter sports strike a chord with many young people and the USA features great winter sporting destinations like Aspen.  But you may want to go further afield to the world-famous slopes of Whistler, Canada!

There are so many options for student travel in winter, from snowboarding to skiing, to enjoying a crackling fire in the mountain retreat of your choice.

Going Green

With the environment and sustainability taking center stage, it was only a matter of time before these social concerns asserted themselves in the travel industry.

And green travel is huge for the coming year.  Young people especially are concerned about the state of the world we live in and traveling green is just part of that.  Everywhere, hotels are asking that we re-use guest towels and turn out lights we’re not using.

But eco-tourism offers students additional educational opportunities, which come in the form of trips to nature reserves and national heritage sites which inspire and inform while they’re adventuring the green way.

The Roar of the Greasepaint

Drama teachers will be thrilled to learn that theater tourism is a vital trend in 2019.  Your drama students get an education that’s up close and personal when you take them to famed theatrical destinations like New York City’s Broadway.

But don’t forget Orlando, where Disney’s famed Y.E.S. Program offers students the opportunity to learn more about their thespian aspirations.  Professionally-led workshops beckon in this mecca of theme parks and student adventure.

Taste Bud Travel

Food lovers get a boost in 2019, with food tourism being one of the biggest trends of the year.

The loss of food travel icon Anthony Bourdain may well may have something to do with the uptick in interest in tours which highlight regional and ethnic cuisine.  This is an opportunity not just for those students who have culinary inclinations, but for those who seek to understand the connection between food and culture, as the great Bourdain did.

And with the US being the ethnically-diverse food wonderland it is, the possibilities are endless, from Little Havana in Miami, FL, to mining the ethnic neighborhoods of New York City for its culinary treasures.

Junior Tours

Since 1967, Junior Tours has been supporting hardworking teachers with extraordinary educational trips and tours that live in students’ memories and enliven their studies.

We believe that learning is an adventure and what’s more adventurous than taking learning out into the world?  Discovery, adventure and education create a symbiosis which translates into experiential learning that sticks.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Student Travel

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Student travel is a huge topic for teachers and while we don’t pretend we can fit all the deets into one brief blog post, we do hope to illuminate a basic framework for planning that can benefit all teachers.

Whether you’re a newbie, a seasoned educator, student travel requires a steady hand and this post seeks to steady the hand on the controls.

A teacher’s guide to student travel may not be comprehensive, but it’s succinct and helps you plot a course in the right direction.

Finding the Right Destination

Walking into your classroom and announcing the destination you’ve chosen isn’t going to be popular with most of your students.  Rather, choose 3 destinations and then treat your students to a brief tour of each and its attractions.

This gives your students the opportunity to chime in and to dream along with you.  Encourage group discussion on this item.  You may even want to hold a simple essay contest, inviting students to reveal their favorite of the 3 destinations in 500 words or less!

Finding the right destination involves student buy-in, which generates enthusiasm and excitement.

Budget Matters

Once you’ve got your destination nailed, you’ll need to turn to the budget.  This must prepared before you even think about reaching out to administrators for approval.  They’ll need to know the bottom line.

Remember that the biggest line items in your budget are going to be transportation and accommodation.  Sewing these up first lets you see how much “play” there is for other items like site tickets and special outings.

Give Your Trip a “Shape”

Your trip needs to have a curricular objective to get it past those administrators we just mentioned.  But its shape can be determined to mesh with that and even, expand on it.

Depending on the class you’re taking, you’ll want to highlight an aspect of the curriculum that matches the interests of your students and is perhaps, a little off the beaten path.

Adding a little mystery that serves to illuminate what you’re teaching in new ways is a gift to your students.  You’re teaching them to move beyond the obvious and to personalize their learning with insight.

Itinerary, then Approval

Once you’ve got the previous 3 items in hand, you’ll need to write up an itinerary that’s faithful to curricular goals, but which highlights the effectiveness of the chosen destination for imparting the knowledge you need students to absorb.

Go well prepared, taking with you all the information you’ll be asked for about your tour provider, chaperones, guidelines for behavior and other necessary supports.

Remember that administrators are charged with ensuring that the goals of your educational district are satisfied in all you do.  Make their job easier by giving them all the information they’ll need to grant you the approval you’re seeking.

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Junior Tours has been making education exciting with student travel since 1967.  Founded by a teacher, we support educator goals with experiential travel that makes learning fun.

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The Hottest Spot for High School Senior Trips: Orlando

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With a nickname like “The City Beautiful”, Orlando has a lot to live up to.  And that’s why it’s the hottest spot for high school senior trips.  Orlando is a breathtakingly beautiful point on the US map and one which doesn’t disappoint when it comes to adventures, unique experiences and discovery.

Your high school pupils have worked hard to get where they are now.  They’ve done their homework.  They’ve excelled.  Now they’re ready to join the real world of careers and achievement.  What better way to celebrate than taking them to the hottest spot for high school senior trips:  Orlando.

Theme Parks for Days

When it’s time to celebrate, there’s nothing more exciting than a visit to one of Orlando’s many theme parks.

Both the Disney and Universal Studios have major franchises here, broken down into areas of interest to ensure that every student coming along gets their most cherished theme park experience checked off the list.

From EPCOT’s Geosphere to The Magic Kingdom’s thrilling rides, Disney takes you wherever you want to go, offering theme park experiences that run the gamut from Hollywood to wildlife and water.

Universal Studios rises to the adventure challenge with a journey through the world of film and television and some of the most incredible rides ever conceived.  Enjoy a singular experience with the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort and celebrate the union of technology, art and music with these internationally acclaimed performers.

Under the Spotlights

student performance group in Universal Studios, Orlando
Your performing arts students are treated to exceptional opportunities to perform here, with audiences who come from all over the world.

Across the selection of theme parks hosted by Disney, you’ll find manifestations of their renowned Disney Performing Arts OnStage program.  See your students shine, showing off their hard-earned chops in choirs, orchestras, marching bands and even dance performances.

All this and the chance to shine even more brightly by taking advantage of the selection of professionally-led workshops on offer.

And once they’ve learned something new, they can amaze themselves by competing against other student groups at Festival Disney.

Wet, Wild and Spacey

Take your high school seniors to where the going gets wet at the Wet n’ Wild theme park, which replicates ocean waves they can even surf on.  But if that doesn’t float their boat, your scientifically minded charges might find what they’re looking for at the famed Kennedy Space Center.

Students will learn the true story of how the USA forged new frontiers in the cosmos, launching astronauts into the mysteries of space.  They’ll see how satellites have changed the way we live and leave with a sense of pride in our nation’s answering the challenges of the universe.

Junior Tours

For over 50 years, Junior Tours has been treating students to unique educational experiences.  We bring destination knowledge and superior vendor selection to your high school senior trips, coupling educational opportunities with the thrill of adventure and the joy of discovery.

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5 Keys to Fundraising Success

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Junior Tours was founded in 1967 as a student travel resource.  We’re focused on teachers and the success of their students.

Fundraising is a big deal when it comes to creating opportunities for all students to enjoy student trips, regardless of economic circumstances.  But it’s a tough row to hoe when you’re not sure which way to turn to raise money.

Successful fundraising is a kind of an art form.  Convincing people of the value of what you’re raising money to support (in this case, student travel) is about communication, preparation and making all the right moves.

This post shares our 5 keys to fundraising success.  Follow them and watch that trip fund overflow!

1. Know What You Need

You can’t fundraise effectively without having drawn up a detailed budget.  Budgeting is one of the first steps toward organizing a student trip for this reason.  Important to note, also, is that it’s one of the mechanisms that wins you administrative approval.

Be sure to include items beyond transportation and lodging.  While those are your big-ticket items, you’re also going to need to feed your kids and pay for entrance to educational attractions that support your curricular goals.

2. Create Urgency

Setting clear goals to meet by certain dates is a great way to light a fire under your fundraisers (students and parents alike).

Draw up a thermometer to start your fundraising drive.  As you hit landmark goals, mark them on the thermometer, so everyone can see how well you’re doing.  Talk about the thermometer and how it’s going to take everyone’s best efforts to reach your financial goals.

Create urgency and watch the money flow in.

3. Fundraising Chair

We know that teachers are almost superhuman, but we also know that you need support.  In the case of effective fundraising, you’ll need someone to take charge of this aspect of the trip.

Choose an engaged parent with a reputation for getting things done.  It’s been proven repeatedly that putting a parent at the helm of fundraising gets results and a better response.

4. Get Together

Once a month, get your fundraisers together to talk about progress and kick around ideas.  This is a habit which builds communal accountability and provides the opportunity to share successes and fresh input.

At the same time, update your fundraisers about the status of the trip.  Let them know you’ve booked accommodation and share with them the attractions you’ve confirmed them for at their destination.  Building excitement raises funds!

5. Get Personal

Parents and students raising money need your encouragement, so make a point of meeting with individual members of your fundraising group to talk about how things are going.  Hearing concerns and sharing ideas reminds your fundraisers that they’re not working in a vacuum.

The leadership you provide your fundraisers plant the seeds of success and a well-financed student trip!

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