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Delighted to announce the launch of STC Escapes - a series of adventure holidays and cultural journeys for teachers. It's a whole new kid-free way for teachers to travel the world and we think it could make your year! 

Sign up now & save ££'s with our New Year Offer! Kicking off 2019 with Morocco, Kenya & Vietnam - with plans for more destinations in 2020. Come alone and join a group of other teachers, or bring your own group of colleagues and friends.

Find out more at: https://www.thestc.co.uk/escapes

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General Discussion / Free guide to responsible tourism
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:19:44 PM »
We've recently published a free guide to sustainable and ethical tourism. The guide contains lots of tips, suggestions, 'moral dilemas' and conversation starters that can be used in classroom discussion. Feel free to download a copy -  just click on the link on the webpage below. You don't have to give your email.

https://www.thestc.co.uk/blog/little-book-of-responsible-tourism/

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The STC have recently taken the decision to stop selling school trips to Iceland. Mainly due to Over Tourism, but there are a number of other factors too.
Full reasons behind the decision are on this blog post:

https://www.thestc.co.uk/blog/why-we-have-decided-to-stop-selling-school-trips-to-iceland

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General Discussion / 2017 - UN Year of Sustainable Tourism
« on: January 04, 2017, 09:13:59 PM »
Did you know the UN has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism?

There's a great little video and more information here: http://www2.unwto.org/tourism4development2017

If you're planning a geography trip or adventure overseas, perhaps this is the year to make an extra effort to make sure it's sustainable, ethical and responsible. Ask to see a copy of your tour operator's Responsible Tourism Policy and think objectively about the real impact of volunteering/project work if you are including it, and who's actually benefiting. 

Sources of information, certification and advice include:

https://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/
https://www.travelife.info
http://www.responsiblevolunteering.co.uk

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General Discussion / Have you been affected by Schools Worldwide failure?
« on: November 07, 2016, 12:56:14 PM »
Last week, the tour operator Schools Worldwide ceased to trade with immediate affect.

If you have been affected by the company's failure - either with future trips already booked or potential quotes in the pipeline - please get in touch with us at the School Travel Consultancy (www.thestc.co.uk or 01392 660056). The school expedition community is a small one with only a handful of companies arranging quality overseas expeditions. We will do our best to honour what you've already been offered and fulfill any expedition programmes that may already be under way.

Adrian Ferraro
Director

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Promotions / 10 reasons not to run a school trip
« on: September 20, 2016, 11:03:58 AM »
Mark Twain once wrote: "Twenty years from now, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the things you did do".  Agreed. What he didn't tell you was that the awesome school trip you put together 20 years ago might mean your ice cream ends up melting in your shopping trolley...

10 reasons not to run a school trip: https://www.thestc.co.uk/blog/10-reasons-not-to-run-a-school-trip-overseas

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Delighted to announce that The School Travel Consultancy (www.thestc.co.uk) has just been accepted as a Travelife Partner (http://www.travelife.info/index_new.php?menu=about_travelife&lang=en).

They are the first UK school tour operator to hold this status, which shows a tour operator's commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism. Responsible tourism means better educational travel, so if you are planning a trip, you should be asking what measures your operator goes to to ensure sustainability.

You can view The STC geography trip programmes here: https://www.thestc.co.uk/adventures/educational-journeys/school-geography-trips


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General Discussion / Would you take a school group to Iran?
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:34:43 AM »
According to the FCO, the risk of terrorism attacks in Iran is lower than for France, Belgium and Spain.  At the weekend, I heard about a school cancelling a trip to the Ardeche on the grounds of the terrorism threat. Just wondered what people's viewpoints were on organising a school trip to Iran?

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Promotions / New schools trip/expedition website launched
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:05:52 PM »
Hi all,
We've completely updated our website at The School Travel Consultancy with over 35 brand new trips and expeditions for school groups.
Home page here: www.thestc.co.uk or you can skip straight to the geography trips and expeditions here: http://www.thestc.co.uk/adventures/educational-journeys/school-geography-trips
Thanks, Adrian

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Promotions / Off-site safety management courses for teachers
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:44:16 PM »
Are you thinking about running a trip - either in the UK or overseas?

Could your trip planning and management skills do with a refresher?

We're running the recognised 'Off-site Safety Management' Course in the new year (31 January / 1st February) in Exeter and still have spaces available. Call 01392 660056 to find out more or email courses@thestc.co.uk

We also run bespoke INSET days for schools covering essential safety management training to ensure all teachers are up to speed on the latest safety management thinking. More details at:
http://www.thestc.co.uk/blog/article/off-site-safety-insight-course

Thanks.

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General Discussion / Iceland's demise to unsustainable mass tourism?
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:59:40 AM »
Interesting article about Iceland's battle to retain sustainable tourism. In parts it comes across as a bit of a rant, but the issues are certainly real and well documented within the mass tourism sectors. Hopefully the issues highlighted don't relate to most school's experiences of how a trip to Iceland is undertaken, but nevertheless, it is a thought provoking piece full of geographical issues and a great example of why tourism needs to be responsible and sustainable, even in the developed world.

http://grapevine.is/mag/column-opinion/2014/09/04/tourism-the-destruction-of-iceland/ 

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General Discussion / Stunning video shows Turkey's diversity
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:38:55 PM »
I just thought I'd share this beautiful glimpse into Turkey - such a diverse country with so many geography topics for discussion.

http://vimeo.com/108018156

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General Discussion / bottom up visualisation map of time zones
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:21:47 PM »
taken from this: http://xkcd.com/1335/

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General Discussion / Travel photos of children at play
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:15:24 AM »
Some amazing travel shots of children at play from countries around the world. Well worth a look.
http://www.boredpanda.com/happy-children-playing/

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Interesting view of the 'power' of different countries' passports, based on the ability to enter countries on a free visa.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/30/passports-map_n_5536914.html

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