Educational tours or field trips are learning experiences outside the classroom. These trips supplement classroom learning by providing students with an opportunity to see the actual places, artifacts, flora and fauna, or phenomena that are described in textbooks and lectures. They also enrich the students’ experiences by exposing them to situations that are new to them. Educational tours may also be undertaken by family groups, whether homeschooling or not. At the vocational and college level, highly specialized field trips may be taken in order for students to gain firsthand knowledge on their major.
Consider the following in determining the itinerary for an educational trip:
- How effective will the itinerary be in achieving the learning objectives for the activity?
- Are the venues sufficiently educational and at the same time interesting to the students and appropriate to their age level?
- Is each venue large enough to accommodate the group?
- Is the venue is safe, comfortable, and equipped with sufficient facilities? You might have a problem if you go to a place where there are no bathrooms or where children can easily wander off and get lost.
- How many school subjects or lessons can you relate the field trip to?
- Is there a wide enough variety of attractions and activities to prevent boredom?
- Are rest stops provided at appropriate points during the field trip?
- How taxing are the activities? Make sure that the amount of physical exertion is limited to what is manageable for the students and that there is enough time to rest between physical activities.
- Is the tour affordable? Compare the rates of various tour operators and venues.
- Are the sites near enough to the school and each other to cover the itinerary efficiently? To avoid wasted time, the sites should not be too far. A nearer venue that has similar attractions should be chosen over farther ones.
- Can the number of sites be covered at a leisurely enough pace? The number of venues should be limited so that students will have enough time to appreciate what the place has to offer. About an hour is sufficient for most museums, parks, and historical sites but more time should be given for larger venues with more activities to offer.
- How likely is it that students could have gone to the place on their own? Try to choose places that most students would not have visited.
- Are tour guides and learning materials like videos and brochures provided by the tour company or at the venue?
- It is best to do an ocular inspection of the field trip venues before bringing the students.
- Large school groups may be divided into smaller ones which may be sent to different venues at different times.
- Brief the students beforehand on what the objectives are for the field trip.
- Brief the students on what behavior is expected of them in the bus and at the venues.
- Make sure that students dispose of their trash properly.
- Inform participants of what kind of clothing, equipment, and provisions they will need to bring.
- Have all participants wear something that will allow their easy identification as part of your group, such as a uniform, a shirt of a certain color, or an ID.
- Bring a first aid kit and someone who knows how to use it.
- Provide group insurance.
- Make certain that parents are informed of the itinerary and have given permission for their children to join the field trip.
- Find out about any special medical conditions that students may have such as recent surgeries, recent illnesses, allergies, or chronic medical conditions. Such students should make sure to bring any needed medicines. Only doctors are legally permitted to dispense medicines. Even trained first aid personnel cannot dispense medicines.
Making the most of the field trip
While simply going to a new place is educational in itself, to make the most of the experience, provide tasks like the following:
- Before the field trip, give out a worksheet or list of questions that the students will be expected to answer afterwards. Include not only factual questions like “What animals live in the caves of Biak-na-Bato?” but reflective questions like, “What do you think it was like to hide out in a cave?”
- For younger children, give a checklist of things to look for with items like certain architectural details, a certain type of tree or animal, a flower of a certain color, an artwork by a certain artist, etc. Afterwards, have students give details on where they saw each item and what it looked like.
- Encourage students to take photographs (when allowed) or make sketches of things that they see and compile them later in a scrapbook.
Some possible educational trips
The following educational trips can be undertaken by most school groups in and near Metro Manila within a day and are appropriate for grade school to high school.
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- Old Manila culture and history tour
- Casa Manila – A museum of furniture and artifacts representative of an actual Philippine home during Spanish colonization, it gives a picture of the lives of everyday people in the past as well as exhibiting plenty of fine antique furniture.
- Fort Santiago – Not only is it an authentic old fort, it contains an attractive exhibit on the life of national hero Jose Rizal, one of the most famous of the prisoners incarcerated here.
- Bahay Tsinoy – Almost life-sized dioramas with plenty of historic detail plus sound effects make this museum interesting and educational for all students.
- San Agustin Museum (for high school students) – One of the finest churches from the Spanish colonial period, it also houses a collection of religious artifacts.
- National Museum Art Gallery (for high school students) – The centerpiece of the art collection is the impressive Spoliarium by master painter Juan Luna. Other works, by Luna and other great Filipino artists, are also displayed.
- Museo Pambata (for grade school students) – An interactive children’s museum, it has exhibits relating to science and ecology as well as culture.
- National Museum of the Filipino People – Among the highlights of this museum are dioramas showing the way of life of different ethnic groups in the Philippines and the exhibit of artifacts recovered from the Spanish galleon San Diego.
- Arts, heritage, and sciences tour of Makati, Manila, and Pasay
- Ayala Museum – Along with its changing exhibits, the Ayala Museum has exhibits of works by National Artists of the Philippines, historic dioramas, and models of galleons.
- Metropolitan Museum – Among its permanent collections are the impressive displays of pre-Hispanic gold and pottery. The museum also has changing exhibits as well as a permanent collection of contemporary artworks.
- Money Museum – Different types of currency are on display here.
- Oceanarium – Learn about different types of marine life.
- Planetarium - View a show about the heavens.
- History and ecology tour of Marikina and Montalban
- World of Butterflies – An ecological park where many species of butterflies can be seen.
- Shoe Museum – Housed in an authentic Spanish period arsenal where revolutionary leader Macario Sakay was detained, the shoe museum contains hundreds of shoes, including those left by former First Lady Imelda Marcos after she fled the Philippines with her husband Ferdinand Marcos following the EDSA Revolution of 1986.
- Avilon Zoo – A 7.5 hectare zoo, it houses a vast collection of animals.
- Art, history, and Ecology tour of Quezon City and Marikina
- Quezon Memorial Monument – The impressive marble monument houses the city museum below.
- Science Centrum - An interactive science museum where visitors can view optical illusions and exhibits demonstrating scientific principles.
- Doll Museum – View 48 dioramas that present important events in the history of the city of Marikina, which emerged as a prosperous hacienda during the Spanish colonial period.
- La Mesa Eco Park – An ecological park at the site of Quezon City’s main water reservoir.
- Angono art and heritage tour
- Batangas heritage and ecology tour
- Basilica Minore of St. Martin de Tours (Batangas City) – Appreciate the architecture and design of this authentic old cathedral, one of the largest in East Asia
- Pastor House (Batangas City) – An authentic 19th century ancestral home
- Taal Volcano – View the famous volcano from Tagaytay ridge.
- Leisure Farms - Learn about ecology and agriculture in this eco-theme park
- History and nature tour of Biak-Na-Bato
- Barasoain Church & Ecclesiastical Museum – Visit the famous old Barasoain Church and view religious artifacts.
- Biak-Na-Bato National Park – The caves of Biak-na-Bato are full of fascinating geological formations and are inhabited by birds and bats. In addition, they were the historic hideout of the Katipunan during the 1896 Philippine Revolution. The remains of stone fortresses can still be seen along the river.
- Art, history and nature tour of Laguna
- Rizal Shrine at Calamba – Visit the ancestral home of the national hero, Jose Rizal.
- Makiling Botanic Gardens in Los Baños – Learn about different plants while enjoying the scenery of Mt. Makiling.
- Philippine Raptor Center - See endangered species of eagles, hawks, and falcons.
- Pakil – Observe the making of wood shaving handicrafts in the artistic town of Pakil.
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