Service Learning Tours

LIFE CHANGING SCHOOL SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAMS

REAL, PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT OUTCOMES

Latitude Group Travel offers high quality, life changing school service learning programs in conjunction with our partner, Global Vision International (GVI).

WHAT IS SERVICE LEARNING?

A service tour is one where students provide service of some kind to an organisation or community in need.  Service learning is different, in that, besides the service component, there is an additional learning component. Service learning is a teaching theory and method that takes education gained at school or university and connects it to real life services that directly benefit the community or environment. A service learning project is different to traditional programs as it combines balanced learning goals with impact based service outcomes.  Periods of structured reflection are also included, to allow students to absorb and consider what has happened each day.  Discussions are held afterwards for sharing and for the group leader to assist any student who might be having problems or concerns.

A service learning project uses real life experiences to enhance academic studies, increase students’ personal growth and interpersonal skills and to positively impact the global community or environment. The combination of service (the experiential, hands-on part) + learning (the educational context part) + reflection (when the student explores what they have experienced and learned, tying everything together) is what makes up a service learning program.

Who is GVI?

Global Vision International (GVI) is a multi-award winning social enterprise that runs service tours for schools and conservation and community development programs around the world. They already have projects and programs in place and have been working in these countries for over 15 years, in some cases. They work hand in hand with the indigenous communities to ensure that the communities’ needs are being met and projects are identified by both the local community and local NGOs such as Save the Children or the Red Cross etc. GVI’s Charitable Trust enables your school to stay involved with the local community after you return home – a unique, yet imperative feature of what is offered.

GVI & LATITUDE GROUP TRAVEL

An experience with GVI and Latitude Group Travel is one that creates positive change and inspires a lifetime of critical global engagement.

Students will expand their understanding of local and global issues through engagement with critical sustainable development projects, impacting local communities and environments in need.

Latitude Group Travel and GVI are a natural partnership, because our strong, positive ethical approaches to service tours and to supporting our clients, underpin everything we do. The prerequisite for projects in situ, because they are identified as essential by and to the community, the necessity for schools to be comfortable that the projects are making a real difference and are driven by the local people, and our preference for students and schools to have contact before, during and after their tours, was partly what drove the two organisations to work together. Extra pre-tour preparation, outstanding tour delivery by an experienced ground operator and the ability to follow up post-tour is something far more easily achieved by the partnership.

SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

Safety is our priority – we have comprehensive safety and backup procedures in place and you will be provided with risk assessment documentation. GVI has excellent health and safety procedures and risk assessments for every destination, phase and activity. Each ten weeks the full risk assessment is updated.  You also have 24/7 support on the ground and from both GVI’s and Latitude Group Travel’s head offices.

SUPPORT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Latitude Group Travel and GVI’s combined experience, tour operations expertise and their desire to meet the highest standards result in unique and meaningful service tours for schools. We work together seamlessly to provide pre-tour service, tour delivery and post-tour follow up.

OUR WORLDWIDE PROGRAMS

Taking part in our programs will contribute to long-term goals and further development and empowerment of these communities.

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COSTA RICA

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INDIA

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MEXICO

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NEPAL

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THAILAND

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SOUTH AFRICA

INTERNATIONAL CURRICULA & PROGRAMS

Our programs have been specifically developed to meet the requirements of international curricula and programs.

Programs include the CAS (Creativity Action Service) core requirements of the International Baccalaureate, Week Without Walls, Round Square Ideals, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, UNESCO’s Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and more. We can design projects, within our tours, to suit most educational or personal development requirements.

INTERESTED IN A SERVICE LEARNING TOUR?

Contact us to discuss your unique requirements.

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