What’s your experience been planning tours on the ground, most recently in Winnipeg and Costa Rica?
Being able to visit and explore a place I’ve never been when scouting possible new locations is vital. You can’t truly get a sense of a place and the quality of the available activities unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Beyond questions of safety and logistics (like bus transfer times, hotels, meals), EF holds a standard for what our tour experiences should look and feel like.
During our visits, we prioritize meeting with local experts, partners, and organizations to learn about educational programming opportunities they can provide our travellers. In Winnipeg, we were lucky to be accompanied by wonderful members of the Winnipeg and Manitoba Tourism Boards, and they highlighted all the amazing activities the city can offer to our EF groups. In Costa Rica, local EF Tour Directors gave a lot of support and guidance on where and what to explore for our scouting visit.
What’s special about the newest tours you’ve created?
The goal of travel is to take you beyond the familiar and immerse yourself in a new location. If an on-tour activity is something that travellers can easily do in their own hometowns, then why invest in a travel experience at all? I hope to create “wow moments” where students experience classroom learning come to life in the “real world”—and that they have a lot of fun doing it.
The new tours we’ve been developing include a lot of exclusive programming that focus on hands-on workshops, access to inspiring professionals, and experiential learning. The tours allow students to explore incredible destinations and sites in an active and immersive way. We’re very excited for groups to experience them!
Topic: Tour Planning