When Phones Are Down, Eyes Are Up

When phones are down, eyes are up | read the latest blog article
When phones are down, eyes are up | read the latest blog article

Advice regarding mobile phone use on school trips

Taking a break from online communication is a rare privilege in this day and age. Many young people have not known a time without the pressure of constant online communication.
Allowing them to disconnect from devices and connect to the world around them – and to themselves – is a gift.

To maximize the benefits of their school trip abroad, students need to be free to be fully in the moment, engaging in the activities on offer and focusing on the people they are travelling with. For this reason, 

World Youth Adventures strongly advises against the use of mobile phones during
all school trips abroad.

Below, we would like to list the reasons why we think students should refrain from using their mobile phone while on an experiential learning experience.  

  • 1 | Opportunities

Students embarking on a travel experience with World Youth Adventures are being given the opportunity to learn important values of teamwork, to build their self-confidence and to develop an understanding of other cultures and ways of doing things.
In the majority of cases, your students are travelling to a destination they have not travelled to before and are taking part in new and different activities. It’s an incredible opportunity to make long-lasting friendships with travel companions, learn new skills and understand themselves a little better. It’s no wonder that the experience often has profound, life-changing effects on students.

  • 2 | Full Engagement

When phones are down, eyes are up, freeing students to look around and notice things. Without mobile phones, students are open to receive information from all their senses. This allows them to fully engage in the travel experience, to maximize the potential for learning and growth. At the same time, it gives them the chance to top up their creative fuel by being in tune to their own thoughts and responses in a way that is not possible when they are beholden to the phone.

Students enjoying life in Morocco |  <i>Paul Edmunds</i>

Students at Machu Picchu |  <i>Eva Moon</i>

  • 3 | A Step Away from Online Communication

Being reliant on themselves and overcoming challenges they encounter during the school trip will help build resilience. By encouraging your student to step away from online communication, you are giving them the space to grow their confidence and build independence.

  • 4 | Find Alternative Ways to Connect without Mobile Phones

Your school may wish to make arrangements to keep parents and friends in touch with how the journey is going. Alternative, more structured ways to do this are via blogs on your school’s website or via Facebook groups. This information can be updated on rest days in major towns or cities, where access to the internet is commonplace. The added benefit is that this allows for very clear lines of communication between the group, school and parents.

Do you agree with our advice against the use of mobile phones on educational travel experiences? Please feel free to get in touch and chat with our team on how we can organise your next student trip.


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