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School Teachers Get a Helping Hand Planning Outdoor Educational Field Trips

Planning an outdoor educational field trip can be a painful and time consuming project for any teacher. There is the budget to consider, risk management to prepare and logistics to plan. All this background work must be done in order to gain the school board’s administration approval.

In Southern Ontario a different approach is being taken to gain business from surrounding schools. Outdoor education companies have taken advantage of the fact that their area of expertise is something a teacher often lacks or does not have the time to research. So they have created a program called “Teacher’s Aid” which custom designs field trips to meet the teacher’s needs… free of charge.

The process works by having the teacher submit the outdoor curriculum requirements; minimum expected students, the time frame, available working budget and required safety standards. These are the main ingredients needed by the “Teacher’s Aid” to design an educational outdoor field trip.

The outdoor companies then use their experience and skills to design a program tailored to the school’s curricular needs. And within one week return a draft with a possible matched field trip within the working budget and safety concerns. With the curriculum outlay is also included a risk management plan, a complete price quote and a written itinerary that can be delivered to the school’s administration for approval.

In return the outdoor educational company asks that if the draft is approved; they are reimbursed in the venture by receiving the school’s field trip business. It is also understood that if the school chooses not to do the field trip, there is no charge and the school/teachers are always welcome to inquire about a quote for another program idea.

For the teacher this is minimum work… and for the learning adventure companies this is maximum business. This successful approach is an excellent working venture for any business in the outdoor educational field wishing to develop a working relationship with schools.

Cheapest Times To Travel To Japan – 5 Tips For Timing Your Japan Trip

Traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun – and it can also be a necessity for many of us. Sometimes, when and how you travel to a country can be determined by how much money you have to spend on the trip. Everybody likes a good deal on travel, especially once you factor in the price of airfare, accommodations, food and in-country transportation.

For many budget travelers, a trip to Japan is the trip of a lifetime. And despite what many people believe, you can actually have an amazing trip to (and within) Japan without spending a bundle. One of the best ways to keep costs down for your Japanese journey is to find the cheapest times to travel to and from Japan. In travel as in life, sometimes timing is everything.

If you want to know the cheapest times to travel to Japan, here are 5 tips for timing your Japan trip in the most budget-friendly ways:

1. Visit in late fall or early winter:

One of the best ways to keep your Japan trip costs down is to plan to travel during the times of the year when very few Japanese are traveling, either domestically or internationally. One of these times is during the period from September through November. There are few holidays of note going on during this time period, and Japanese children are in school.

2. Visit in late winter or early spring:

Another low season for Japanese travel is from later winter to early spring (February and March). Like the September through November time period, airports and ground transportation systems are not particularly crowded during this time of the year.

3. Avoid New Year and Golden Week:

On the other hand, if you want to save money you will want to avoid traveling during the New Year (last week in December/first week in January). Also, avoid Golden Week, a series of holidays that take place at the end of April and during the first week of May. During these two major Japanese holiday periods, the Japanese are out and about, which drives up travel rates and making things more congested in general.

4. Try traveling midweek:

Another money-saving tip: book your tickets for mid-week travel. Doing so can help you cut your travel costs way down.

5. Check prices with different air carriers:

Finally, check with different air carriers: you may be surprised at how much different the cost of your ticket will be when you shop around a little bit for the best rate.

Consider these 5 tips for saving money on your trip to Japan through proper timing and savvy shopping. Traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun – and it can also be a necessity for many of us. Sometimes, when and how you travel to a country can be determined by how much money you have to spend on the trip. If you are planning a trip to Japan and want to do so as cheaply as possible, here are 5 tips for timing your Japan trip to make it as cheap as possible.