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After long months of vacation, students are going back to school. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic threats to health and safety, they cannot merely start in-person learning. Many schools opt for remote learning, and therefore canceling extracurricular activities. In response to this, the travel industry created innovative programming to improve the concept of global education.
According to a news article, immersion opportunities, such as field trips, are “informal learning experiences that get students out into the world.” Students get to explore their interests through exposure to museums, parks, and historical sites. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic took away this opportunity to learn outside the four walls of a classroom.
The travel industry offers online classes ranging from virtually-held classes hosted by hotel and travel companies to extremely exclusive in-person opportunities for the elites. An example is the Estancia Vik, a deluxe beach resort in Uruguay with a pay rent of $6000 per night. Students learn from the arts in a museum or horseback riding for physical education.
Embark World Academy, an innovative remote-learning concept developed by Embark Beyond, allows “students get access to unique extracurricular experiences curated by hotels around the world,” according to a news report.
Embark Beyond is a lifestyle and planning business in New York City. In collaboration with the co-chairman of the Principals Center Advisory Board at Harvard, Alan Cohen, Embark World Academy, “developed a global perspective option for parents and students this unique fall semester.”
Embark World Academy offers immersive activities to make learning worthwhile. They also cater remote-learning activities through an “array of live, virtual after-school activities from around the world.”
Moreover, Indagare Global Classroom is an “extension of its summer virtual camp programs for children ages 8 to 12 that had classes on everything from Harry Potter and penguins to astronomy,” as explained in a news report. It was launched by Indagare, which is also a travel-planning company.
To further respond to the need for remote-learning, Context Travel revolved its business model by providing walking tours to 60 cities. Their experts and scholars host digital learning sessions such as art history, archaeology, architecture, etc.
Despite the threats imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still in-person learning experiences offered in the United States. These are Beach Plum Farm in New Jersey, Gaylord Hotels in Florida, and Monarch Beach, and Montage Resorts in California.
Internationally, the Four Seasons Punta Mita and Marriott Cancun in Mexico offer the same learning experiences. They share knowledge through the resources and tourist spots in their place.