Students studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism at Shrewsbury Colleges Group decided between themselves, that Krakow, Poland was the place for their overseas residential trip and chose COGO Travel as the company to take them.
As part of their course, students were set the objective to decide where to go, which travel company to book with and to take turns working as a team and leading different parts of their trip. At Shrewsbury Colleges Group, group tours play a key role in helping students to develop their leadership skills and increase their destination knowledge, as well as utilising what has been taught in the classroom.
When choosing a travel company, the students made their decision based on what was included, the level of service they received, price of the tour, communication and recommendations – COGO Travel came top and Sean Murphy, Sales Account Manager for COGO Travel, worked with the college to ensure the school trip included everything they needed whilst keeping the communicating with the Group Leader throughout the whole process.
In June the students embarked on their trip to Krakow. For many of the Travel and Tourism students, Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mines were the highlight of their tour. Auschwitz focused on the atrocities of the Holocaust and World War II which, although very sad and shocking at times, most students felt that everyone should go there to understand what happened. The Salt Mines added a different dimension to their tour, with a labyrinth of passages, giant caverns, intricate salt carvings and amazing underground saline lakes - a definite ‘must-see’ for any tourist. The itinerary ensured the students had an amazing time discovering Poland’s second largest city, learning about the history and culture, as well as ensuring time was spent sampling the local food.
All agreed it had been a successful three night trip in Poland. The Travel and Tourism students left feeling more informed about the city as a whole and understood how it has become such a popular tourist destination. They also benefitted by improving their leadership skills, gaining more independence amongst their peers and understanding the values of an overseas educational trip. When asked “what other students would benefit from going here?” answers included: history, language, geography and even catering students.