Exeter, United Kingdom, March 03, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Specialist Travel Consultancy (STC) (www.thestc.co.uk), a UK travel agency specialising in educational journeys and expeditions, has launched a portfolio of overseas adventures designed exclusively for girls’ schools.
The idea behind these innovative trips is simple. In much of the developing world, women hold a unique and sometimes little understood role within society. It is a role often hidden away behind doors closed to men, yet an all-female group can gain a unique perspective on their destination. The collection of adventures covers 12 destinations across the globe; from Morocco to South Africa and Peru to China.
Throughout each adventure, a series of talks, activities and unique partnerships with local women allow students the chance to find out what life is really like as a woman in the developing world. We’re talking about the issues and challenges women face, as well as the traditions and culture that are uniquely theirs.
Examples include hearing from local women how China’s ‘one child policy’ has affected a woman’s social status, or learning what it takes to become a female entrepreneur in central Turkey. In Thailand, girls can learn how to cook Thai curries from local women in Bangkok – after they have sourced the ingredients from the local market, of course. The Ghana expedition includes workshops to make batiks, jewellery and music with the ‘Global Mamas’ women’s co-operative and finding out about how fairtrade chocolate benefits families involved in local cocoa production.
Interest in the girls’ programme is likely to be strong. STC Director Adrian Ferraro, says this is down to a highly specialist product, geared specifically to a niche market. “We already had a number of girls’ schools as existing clients when we started developing this idea. After initial discussions with them, it quickly became clear that the programme would provide a very welcome alternative to the more usual educational trips”.
The programme is split into two distinct types of trip. The educational journeys are 8 to 12 day mini adventures focusing on a particular subject such as geography in Morocco, religious studies in Jordan and Israel or biology in South Africa. Other destinations include Nepal, Thailand, India and China.
The longer expeditions are designed to challenge girls physically and mentally, stretching their global horizons as part of an in-depth 18 month programme of preparation and fundraising which culminates in an overseas expedition of three to four weeks. Expedition destinations include Morocco, Turkey, Peru, Madagascar, Ghana, Vietnam and China.
Central to all these trips is the belief that travel is perhaps the greatest educator there is, with each journey or expedition designed to help students develop inner self-confidence, a spirit of adventure and gain a unique insight into life as a woman in the developing world.
Details of the girls’ school programme can be found on their website: http://www.thestc.co.uk/girls-trips
Contact-Details: Adrian Ferraro
Tel: 01392 660056