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“I am sure I speak for all of my companions that this was a truly incredible trip, one we will never forget, and will leave us forever changed…for the better”
“Hands Up was incredible for my students’ trip. The communication and organization was impeccable. The activities and accommodations were top notch. An incredible organization. Highly recommended - bring on the next trip!”
“It was a perfect mix between hard work and adventurous activities. It’s given me a whole new perspective life for other people around the world. I also enjoyed being in a different environment than home."
Our tailored school trips are ideal for IB schools as they blend Creativity, Action and cultural immersion with an opportunity to Serve as volunteers, in destinations as wide-ranging as Costa Rica, Rwanda and Bali.
With over 10 years experience, you can rely on us to create the perfect trip for your students, where they’ll learn more than you think possible.
Creative minds are essential for future success; hands-on learning embeds knowledge
Immerse your students in new cultures and see them thrive. By making a difference through serving, you get an unforgettable trip that informs, engages and inspires your students
By combining Creativity, Action and Service, your students will learn new things about themselves, the world around them, and be the change.
You get a new dimension to your school trips.
Complement your curriculum, enhance learning and immerse your students in new cultures and uplift communities through hands-on service.
Watch your students gain a deeper understanding of history, economics, politics and social issues such as climate change. Whether it’s language or leadership skills these trips complement the classroom experience and accelerate their education.
Invite your students to try something new in a unique environment. Hands-on experience of local cultural activities such as cooking classes and art lessons provide students with a chance to learn lessons far beyond the classroom. And if there’s a particular purpose to your trip, we can facilitate an experience to enrich this.
Expand your students’ worldview by helping them to engage with the world around them. Immersed in a local community, students take part in village life and experience new cultures and a different way of life for themselves.
Encourage your students to join hands with local people by giving back to the places they visit. Our volunteer opportunities range from community enhancement such as building a classroom to protecting an endangered species.
Your students may have been scuba-diving, hiking to Machu Picchu or to visit the Taj Mahal but not many experience for themselves the impact small acts of service can have on a local community.
Your students gain new life-skills – developing their problem-solving and leadership abilities – taking responsibility as a global citizen: preparing them for work in a competitive, challenging and diverse workplace, anywhere in the world.
Your students join hands with local communities to give back to the people and places they visit. They can transform lives through a building project in Bali or providing better access to education for Rwandan school children.
Students who travel return home more tolerant and respectful of other cultures.
Students between 12 - 18 who participate in educational travel earn a college degree or higher
Teachers say that Learning Outside the Classroom makes lesson more memorable and motivates the students.
You can leave everything in our hands. We work almost exclusively with IB schools to enhance their CAS programs.
You’ll have peace of mind that we have a 100% safety record and we’ll make life easy for you by taking the planning off of your plate. We provide:
We perform a thorough needs analysis, assessing your school’s goals for the trip. That way we can match your students with the right location and service opportunity. And with over 40 destinations to choose from, we have the perfect trip waiting for you.
We customize the trip to your requirements, organising the accommodation and activities to match, providing your students with an unforgettable and rewarding experience that’s tailor-made for them. For inspiration, take a look at our Sample Itineraries.
With staff, students and parents to keep up-to-date before the trip even begins we provide all the details you need to keep everyone informed. Whatever you need to know, when you need to know it.
Meaningful travel experiences connect your students with the people and places they visit. We create our volunteer school trips trips to leave both better off when we leave. We seek out those hotels that are committed to caring for the environment, employ local expert guides, and identify restaurants that source ingredients locally. In particular, our Latin American trips are partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to promote sustainability in the region.
With our experience and local knowledge you can rely on us to take care of your students whilst they’re in our hands. All our trips are evaluated for the health and safety of our schools. So staff and students can enjoy the experience without worrying about the environment.
Our students loved the trip! There was so much to do and learn. They came back changed individuals, with a greater appreciation of what they have, respect for others and a desire to travel more: 10/10.
With over 30 destinations you can be sure to find the perfect location for your next school trip. Better yet, let us help you!
Get in touch and one of our expert consultants will create the ideal program for your group. In the meantime, check out these destinations to help inspire you:
Hands Up was awarded best Travel Company for Commitment to the Community in 2014 and 2013
For travel to be sustainable, you need to connect with the people and the place, and leave both better off than before you arrived. You can travel like that when you book with Hands Up.
In the context of leaving the people better off, you can make a difference as a school in the lives of a community by fundraising before you travel and volunteering to build a school or well.
In the context of leaving the place better off, you can volunteer to conserve wildlife such as elephants, bears and turtles, and stay in accommodation that actively cares for the environment, both in their design and in their everyday practices.
Blend this with carbon neutral transport and activities that help you minimize your carbon footprint, and it adds up to a compelling proposition and a sustainable trip for your school that future generations will thank you for.
We have worked with a number of schools and youth-focused organizations around the world providing a wide range of experiences for their students.
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...to discover how to make your school trip meaningful, inspiring and memorable.
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