Case Study: The Adventure Company

Date Posted: 18/03/2013

School: King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham
Number of pupils: 15
KS: 4

Pupils from a Birmingham school have memories and experiences that will last a lifetime following trips to Central America and Asia.

The Adventure Company has 15 years experience of running overseas adventure tours for young people, and offers more than 100 educational tours designed specifically for schools. King Edward VI Five Ways School travelled with the company to Costa Rica in 2010, Thailand and Laos in 2012, and will be embarking on a third expedition to Madagascar in July.

Teacher Andrew Webster, who accompanied pupils last year, said: “It was an outstanding trip in every way and our group returned having had the time of their lives.”

The 16-day trip from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, which was tailormade for the school, included learning about hill tribes, cruising down the mighty Mekong river, a masterclass in Thai cookery, a home stay, and taking part in the traditional Buddhist practice of alms giving. The students saw temples, floating markets and beautiful palaces, and the adventure was rounded off by joining a community project with the people of Ban Sopvanh Village.

Andrew said: “The itinerary was varied and interesting. A cycle ride around Chiang Mai and an elephant ride were just some of the fun activities which made it such an enjoyable experience. At the same time we were able to learn a lot, for example visiting the Hall of Opium Museum was extremely educational and thought-provoking. The visit to Ban Sopvanh near Luang Prabang was memorable for allowing us to join in village life and we were glad that we were able to help with the building of a new accommodation block at a local school.

“Our excellent guide, Joe, was with us throughout the trip. His fantastic knowledge, patience, organisation and rapport with the group was superb, and we were very sorry to say goodbye at the end of a wonderful trip which we will remember forever.”

This year the Adventure Company has introduced a six-day language trip in the French-speaking Bourmez Valley in Morocco. It includes walks with bilingual guides, which can be conducted in English or French, plus a visit to the village of Aguerd n’Ouzrou where the ground is marked with dinosaur footprints. The tour finishes in Marrakech where students can sharpen their bartering skills at the bazaars while practicing their French.

The company offers familiarisation trips to Morocco and Turkey for £199 which is refunded if a trip is booked.

Useful contact:

The Adventure Company:

School Travel Organiser's Guide