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Top Trip Memories
  • Searching for carmine bee eaters in South Africa’s Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
  • Seeing the historic WWI battlefields of Somme, Verdun, Argonne and the Marne Valley and learning the events that unfolded there
  • Volunteering to teach Vietnamese school children’s
  • Exploring archaeological sites along Nile River
  • Learning about Maasai people, their culture and their lifestyle
  • Visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphan’s Project
  • Learning about the unique biodiversity of Galapagos Islands
  • Teaching English to novice monks in Laos
  • Seeing Southern Hemisphere constellations and stars for the first time on a star-gazing tour in the Australian Outback
  • Watching a demonstration of the Haka in New Zealand
  • Learning to make an authentic Thai curry in Bangkok
  • Taking tango lessons and attending milongas (tango events) in Buenos Aires
  • Gaining an open water scuba diving qualification while exploring beautiful coral reefs
  • Learning Spanish in South America
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Tour Tips
  • If you’re considering a career break or change, a learning vacation can be a great way to travel while adding new skills to your resume. 
  • When choosing a learning vacation, don’t forget to consider hobbies you already have, as well as those you would like to try. Some people prefer to try something new, while others enjoy the chance to pursue an existing passion.
  • Be sure to ask about the level of existing experience needed to enroll on a course. Some cooking classes, for example, assume a certain level of competence, while others are aimed at complete novices. When enrolling on a language course, you can usually ask to take a placement test to determine the classes that are suitable for you.
  • You don’t have to stick to one thing! Many operators offer classes in more than one area. You could learn a language during the day, and dance at night, or take surfing lessons followed by yoga- the options are limitless!
  • When looking at tours, find out what exactly is on offer (how many hours of classes you will have, etc.) as well as what exactly is included in the price (accommodation, transfers, etc).
  • Learning vacations can be as long or as short as you like. Cooking, photography, or craft holidays, for example, can be anything from a single lesson to several weeks. While physical activities such as sports or dancing take a long time to master, taking just a few lessons can still be massively enjoyable.
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Education & Learning Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.8 out of 5

99%

recommend

79 Reviews

Excellent 67 Great 10 Average 1 Disappointing 0 Terrible 1

Rating Details

Value
4.7 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7
Tour Reviews

Truly fake. Similar to visiting ‘Paris’ in Vegas.

Costa Rica – The Sea Turtle Initiative

1.0 May 2017 Discover Corps Recommend: No Truly fake. Similar to visiting ‘Paris’ in Vegas.

It is advertised as volunteering, family friendly and building international network to help undeveloped countries and nature where scientists are involved. The reality is that it is a typical student back-pack trip. There are no activities for children under 12 to participate too either fun or educational. Young, good natured girls are not scientific personnel and the local people disliked anything American. It felt like a prison and a ‘ghetto’ where you devise a cause, do something without the community’s support that deeply affects their lives (ex-poachers) and be high-minded that you are actually helping. Social division, looking down on people and experiencing poverty is not what I wanted to participate in. I am very upset that this has happened and that no one was interested afterwards.
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Very special

Clinic and Soup Kitchen – Volunteering in Costa Rica

5.0 January 2017 Give A Day Global Recommend: Yes If you are seeking an opportunity to get to know the countries and communities you are visiting on a deeper level, definitely partake in Give a Day Global! The teams both at Give A Day Global and at FIMRC were exceptionally helpful and welcoming, leading to my very special volunteer experience in Costa Rica. Read more

I had a great time volunteering at Baphumelele with their day care center.

Township Community Center – Volunteering in South Africa

4.0 January 2017 Give A Day Global Recommend: Yes The children were amazing and it was easy to get there and get involved. I would highly recommend checking them out if you have some time during your travels in Cape Town.

One of the more meaningful things I did!

Teach, Read, Learn – Volunteering in South Africa

5.0 January 2017 Give A Day Global Recommend: Yes Spending a day with Masicorp was one of the more meaningful things I did during my stay in Cape Town. They gave us a safe, exciting experience into the culture and provided us with the opportunity to give back to the community. It was wonderful having lunch with one of the businesses they support and seeing the beautiful coast of Cape Town. Read more

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province

An Oxford WWI Conference: Remembering The Great War

5.0 January 2017 Road Scholar Recommend: Yes Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip. Read more
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Education & Learning Trips & Tour Advice

Learning vacations are focused primarily on adding to your knowledge of a particular subject -- anything from studying Spanish in Mexico to digging alongside archaeologists in Egypt to learning art history in Florence. Several tour companies specialize in these types of vacations, which appeal to travelers who want to combine a stay in a far-off location with an educational component. These trips often feature lecturers and local experts to enrich your experiences. 

Well-being

One way to combine a relaxing vacation with learning something new is to learn a well-being activity, such as yoga, meditation, or pilates. Not only are these activities great for the body and mind, but they can make for a peaceful and enjoyable vacation in an exotic location. These activities can take place throughout the world, from retreats in India, to beaches in Southeast Asia, to mountain lodges in South America.

Sport & Active

Traveling abroad can open up new opportunities for learning sports and active pursuits that would be impossible at home, for example, horse riding, sand boarding, and mountain climbing. It’s also a great way to learn water sports such as surfing, waterskiing, and wake boarding. Most of these sports and activities can be undertaken as a single taster course of a day or two, but setting aside an entire holiday to learn a new activity can be rewarding, as you chart your progress and improve day by day. A popular active learning vacation is sailing, where you can take in a few days or weeks of learning how to sail, while also exploring a region. Another is scuba diving, where you can spend days learning about diving while exploring an underwater world, and receive a qualification at the end. 

Dancing

Taking dance lessons can be a great way to learn a new skill and also learn about the culture of a specific region. Tango, for example, is an integral part of the culture of Buenos Aires, and taking some lessons here will open up a whole new side of the city to you. While salsa lessons are available throughout the world, learning the dance in Central or South America allows you to not only learn the steps, but to surround yourself with the culture of salsa, too.

There are a wide range of dance lessons available worldwide, from the well-known dances of Latin America, to tribal dances of Africa, or Bollywood dancing in India. So you can plan the location around the dance, or plan the dance around the location.

Creative

There are countless opportunities for combining a vacation with pursuing a creative passion. If you’re interested in fashion, why not try making your own clothes or jewelry? For those interested in photography, travel can open up a whole new world of photography adventures, allowing you to both pursue your hobby and to improve your skills. Or for those who enjoy writing, a writing retreat can be a great opportunity to focus on your passion, while meeting like-minded people.

Cooking

Where better to learn to cook authentic cuisine than in the home of the cuisine itself? Cooking courses can range from a single lesson to weeks spent exploring the culinary world of a country, and are a great way to experience the tastes of a region while learning a new skill to take home. Cooking courses can take place anywhere in the world, so all you need to do is pick a cuisine or country that interests you.

Language

There’s no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in it. Many language immersion courses are quite limited in where they take place (If you want to learn Mandarin, China is the obvious choice!). But others can take place in a wide range of countries. For example, if you’d like to learn Spanish, you can go pretty much anywhere in Central or South America, or of course, to Spain itself! Be careful when choosing a location though, as different places have different regional accents and dialects. The french spoken in France is far different to that spoken in Quebec, or throughout West Africa! So do your homework before you go, and find a course that’s right for you.







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