Leading school trip organiser reports strong rebookings for total immersion MFL breaks
A new Normandy adventure heads up the news from Voyager School Travel (01273 827327; www.voyagerschooltravel.com). Plus the leading provider of language-immersion and adventure trips for UK schools is reporting strong rebookings for its total immersion MFL trips and has sound advice for schools looking to save time and money.
Voyager is officially launching a new trip to northern France, now available to book for spring/summer 2019 and beyond. The six-day Normandy Adventure, which was trialled this year, offers a superb mix of fun activities and French cultural experiences. Based at the Voyager Camping Village at Les Peupliers, a quiet, car-free area of Les Mielles just a short hop from the white-sand beach at Annoville, school groups enjoy a packed six-day programme, delivered by fully qualified instructors. Students are kept busy from arrival with activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, pêche à pied, sand-yachting and high ropes, combined with cultural visits, including a trip to a local market, and evening events. The new trip is available 20 May-21 July 2019, from £328 per pupil, including return coach and ferry and five nights’ fullboard. Pupils share tents and teachers will be upgraded to Coco Tents. Price based on 40 students, with five free staff places.
MFL trips: Native-language staff deliver proven results Voyager, the leading provider of language-immersion trips, has seen more than 90% of schools rebook some of its top MFL packages in the past year. The trips focus on learning a language outside the classroom, using an entertaining mix of activities to embed language deeply through kinaesthetic learning. Voyager reports strong repeat bookings for Normandy Experience, Chateau de la Baudonnière and La Grand’ Ferme in France. Its exclusive Spanish trip to the Arbolar Centre in Murcia, where activities include watersports, flamenco and salsa dancing, has also seen rebooking by more than 90% of schools, as well as a 35% rise in first-time bookings.
Voyager delivers proven results by using native-language staff teams to ensure total immersion, encouraging students to speak at every opportunity in the target language and consolidating this knowledge during activities. Authentic French and Spanish cultural activities are also central to trips, providing an opportunity to practise language skills while introducing students to local life. And the Voyager Interaction option, available on most French trips, provides a 21st-century take on the traditional French-language exchange, where groups are given the opportunity to meet up with pupils from a French school during their trip and pre-travel introductions and communications can be arranged.
See Voyager’s French animateurs in action and hear why the Opal Coast French trip was a success for one school. Or take a look at a video from Arbolar and hear a Spanish teacher talk about how this trip worked for her students. Voyager School Travel’s current MFL trip brochure can be downloaded here.
Short on budget or time? Voyager can help
Tight budgets needn’t prevent school trips, advises the Voyager team. Budget-conscious schools can take advantage of Group Share, where schools with small numbers can combine with others to make a full group on the Chateau de la Baudonnière language and Voyager Adventure trips. Some trips are available for off
peak dates, which attract lower prices – schools can book for autumn and boost results early in the academic year. Plus there are free teacher places on all trips in the Voyager collection. If a trip is still financially out of reach, Voyager can offer on-site total language immersion by bringing its portable Escape Room direct to schools – a fun way for students to put their MFL skills into action by plotting their escape in the target language.
One example of a budget- and time-efficient choice is the Opal Coast French Trip. Based at Voyager’s own three-star Hotel Moulin aux Draps, less than one hour from Calais and within easy reach of Boulogne, it’s ideal for schools looking for shorter, even weekend, trips. This low-cost three-day French immersion itinerary, which maximises language-speaking time, costs from just £199 per student. Schools can also collect Voyager Rewards when booking.
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