For all those teachers who would categorize themselves as having a strong case of wanderlust, the chance to explore a new destination in the U.S. or abroad while simultaneously bringing their classroom to life sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime. However, even for the most experienced teachers, traveling with a group of students for the first time can feel daunting—especially if you don’t know what to expect. Sure, you may be familiar with what it’s like to, say, check in at an airport, but what about when you have a group of students behind you? Similarly, things like traveling from point A to point B, or checking in at a hotel, can look different in a group versus individually.
Luckily, this is exactly why EF offers to send first-time Group Leaders with a minimum number of enrolled travelers (eight if you’re traveling internationally, 15 if you’re traveling within North America) on a training tour. They want to make sure you feel comfortable, confident, and prepared to take your students on tour. While finding the time to take four or five days out of your busy life can feel hard, from one Group Leader to another, my advice would be to GO! Trust me when I say, you won’t regret it.
Here are four reasons why I think you’ll find traveling on an EF training tour helpful.