Maximising benefits from trips

If trips are really to be valued as educational experiences, they must extend beyond the event itself. Students must be allowed to build anticipation very carefully, and must be given all information necessary to be aware of what to expect, although care must be taken not to describe the experience so carefully that the experience itself becomes superfluous. Leaders should try to ensure that last minute rushing does not give the impressions that the trip is constructed on a foundation of stress, rush and anxiety. If there is any possibility of getting a group together after an event, this should be pursued enthusiastically—it’s all part of extending the worth of the event itself.