Wednesday, March 7, 2012

An Incredible Trip to France & Spain!

I just returned from a 10-day educational tour to France & Spain with my students, and it was truly one of the best student trips that I've been on yet.  This was only my second time leading a tour as the head teacher, and the first time was quite a few years ago with a different travel company.  I've also traveled on other tours as an assistant teacher.  The travel company I used this time is called NETC, and I could not have been happier with the service they provided!  All of my students came back so excited about what they'd experienced, and most of all, with renewed resolve to work harder at learning French or Spanish.  What music to my ears!  I had a wonderful time as well, and found that even I was inspired in new ways.

Here are some of the reasons that I love NETC:

  • Tour directors who live in Europe.  This person meets you when you arrive and directs the entire trip.  Having such a person in this role gives your students a truly international experience.  These people know the cultures they're introducing you to because they are part of them!
  • High quality hotels & restaurants.  While this company may not be the cheapest option around, they do not skimp on the quality of hotels or restaurants!  Sometimes you get what you pay for.
  • Educational activities.  In addition to sight-seeing, my students had a fencing lesson from a master fencer, a calligraphy lesson from a master calligrapher and a Spanish cooking lesson in Spain.  These activities were some of the highlights of the trip. 
  • Excellent communication between the company and the teacher during the planning process.  I worked with several different people from the company who regularly called, emailed and made themselves available for questions.

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:
Calligraphy lesson.
Seeing the interior of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Spanish chef on the left, our tour guide, Yinka, on the right.

Eating crepes in Paris.

We absolutely adored our wonderful tour director, Yinka.  She was personable, friendly, gracious, flexible, inspiring, incredibly knowledgeable, and an all-around gem of a person.  She had an enormous influence on the wonderful success of our trip.  Thank you, Yinka!

Are you considering taking a trip with your students in the future?  I would definitely recommend NETC to you.  I'm already looking forward to planning the next trip.  Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more!


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