Subject: Re: Traveling with 20 students

You are a brave woman. Middle adolescence is not easy even when you are taking good hard working kids. I have taken children of various ages on several trips and I would like to share a few ideas that I have found works. First of all, include the students in the planning as much as possible. Have them each or in pairs do research on where you are going and come up with ideas of what they would like to do. Maybe some of the other Ziners can send you websites and links that will assist you on this. Make up a survey of activities and interests and ask them to complete it. What we adults think a 12-14 year old would enjoy might not be exactly what they had in mind. Ensure many of the activities are physical ones and blend in the quieter activities in-between. Make up a behavioral contract in which each child and parent signs. Include all travelers in the discussion of what is expected and coming up with the do's and don'ts. Last, but not least, instill the buddy system. I can't stress the importance of this for their safety and your peace of mind.

Have a wonderful and safe trip, Debbie in NC