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USA

The United States can provide students with so many educational experiences to help inspire and expand their classroom knowledge. Increasing their understanding of world events will help show how the USA has shaped contemporary New Zealand.

Tours can focus on a number of different subject areas depending on your personal preference. Please click below for more information on your subject interest.

Art & Literature
History & Classics
Geography & Science
Music & Performance
Business & Commerce

BUSINESS & COMMERCE

These tours are full of business workshops that allows students the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and give them a wealth of personal experience. A trip can take them to some of the most successful business locations in America with the opportunity to explore New York, the dynamic city at the heart of the global economy, and Walt Disney World in Florida, where the classes focus on personal presentation and development skills. Arriving in Boston can hopefully inspire students to take on the tour with full energy, as they visit Harvard’s Business school, one of the most prestigious, well known universities in the world. With the perfect blend of educational and tourist opportunities, a USA Commerce tour can be fast paced just like the world of Business and marketing.

Sample Activities

Harvard University- led by a current student or alumni, hear stories and tips about what it’s like to live and study at Harvard as well as hear about the untold stories and lore of the historic university. Harvard in one of the top schools to study business on the east coast so students will be shown Harvard’s Business School which is located on its own dedicated campus. (Boston)

 

Madame Tussauds Business and Marketing Seminar – This tailored workshops allows students to learn how one of the top tourist attractions in New York maintain their name and market space. After the workshop students can go on to enjoy the world famous attraction. (New York)

 

Walking Tour of the Financial District- This guided tour explores the historic and financial heart of New York, traces the development of Wall Street as the world’s premier financial centre. Stops include: J.P. Morgan’s bank, the New York Stock Exchange, Fraunces Tavern, the Federal Reserve Bank, and sites associated with Alexander Hamilton, John D. Rockefeller, and Victoria Woodhull. (New York)

 

Disney Youth Education Series- Disney Leadership Strategies- Students will explore the relationship between good leadership and successful business strategies. Participants will discover the value of communication, training and empowerment when creating an environment conducive to performance excellence and the achievement of business results. (Orlando)

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HISTORY

Focusing on History allows secondary school students time to gain an understanding of American Culture and the political landscape that shaped the USA. Your group can trace the path of American democracy during the Civil Rights Movement in the countries south. Through this itinerary that includes the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr. and the site of his assassination, you’ll meet the soldiers of the movement – children, colleagues, clergy and others – in memorials, museums and historic sites along the way. Your group can also take focus on The Freedom Trail staying in the North East of the USA.

Sample Activities

Freedom Trail-Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1951, the Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. The tour features tales of high treason, mob agitations, revolutionary actions, and partisan fights of the American Revolution. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston. (Boston)

Museum of the American Revolution- Follow a chronological journey from the roots of conflict in the 1760s to the rise of armed resistance, the Declaration of independence of 1776 through the final years of the war. (Philadelphia)

 

US Capitol Building Tour- This will take you on a journey through Americas struggle to establish the world’s first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses the Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, students will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. (Washington DC)

Centre for Civil and Human Rights– The centre pays homage to the American civil rights movement, as well as brings current global human rights issues to the forefront. The Centre is a perfect starting point for exploring Atlanta’s history in civil and human rights movements. (Atlanta)

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church- Birmingham’ s most famous Civil Rights landmark due to the Ku Klux Klansmen bombing which was a turning point in the status of race relations locally and nationally. The church is a reminder of man’s inhumanity and his capacity for love and forgiveness. (Birmingham)

Rosa Parks Museum -Experience the energy and emotion of the Montgomery Bus Boycott at this museum, which features a recreated street scene and re-enactment on the bus with video footage that transports witnesses to the fateful day on December 1, 1955. The Children’s Wing prepares visitors for the museum re-enactment involving Rosa Parks. (Montgomery)

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Geography & Science

The USA can offer such an amazing mix of modern war history, hands on science, natural wonders and westernised activities. Students will have the chance to witness first hand, some of the most unique geology and ecology in the world. With a number of strong curriculum links, these tours can offer the opportunity for students to put into practice, teachings that they have received in the classroom.

Sample Activities

Kualoa Ranch- This outdoor education program allows students to take part in an outdoor environmental lab, conducting biological and physical surveys of the environments, collecting data and making conclusions on conservation and environmental research. (Honolulu)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park- encompassing two active volcanoes, the park delivers an insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and ongoing studies in the processes of volcanism. With Dramatic landscapes and glimpses at rare flora and fauna, the tour offers great educational value. The tour will take you to lush rain forest, grand waterfalls, black sand beaches and spectacular scenic arenas. (Hilo)

NELHA Research Centre- (Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority). Here, students can be taught sustainable use of renewable resources for energy, aquaculture and ocean technology. (Hilo)

The Kennedy Space Centre – Students are presented with everyday challenges faced by astronauts, all based on NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math. (Florida)

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Performing Arts

Performing Arts based itineraries give students the opportunity to participate in a number of Broadway workshops which are run by professional actors and trained teachers. These workshops can be a mix of both beginner and professional standards, but are all designed to increase skills and abilities across a range of acting, dance and music, while giving the students the chance to grow as individuals. Incorporating some of NYC’s main attractions can make tour a fun, educational and immersive experience, showing the culture of the one of the busiest cities in the world.

Sample Activities

Broadway Workshops- Teachers will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive list of Broadway workshops depending on what kind of lessons they think will be the best suited to their group of students. Ranging from 30-90 minutes in length, themes can be anything from improvisation, learning flexibility and spontaneity, or discussions on technical execution, making sure that you are able to meet a director’s vision while in collaboration with lighting and designs for the production. Workshops can also be aimed towards different ability levels, making it as beneficial and educational as possible for your group. (New York)

 

Radio City Music Hall- Go behind the scenes of the Showplace of the Nation. Take a guided tour of Radio City Music Hall, discover art deco masterpieces, learn the history of the iconic Great Stage and even meet a Rockette. (New York)

 

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts- The campus provides immersive, highly disciplined professional actor training programs designed to give tools for a successful career as an actor in film and television. Students will get a campus tour followed by an improve workshop. (New York)

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Visual Arts

New York is such an amazing city to take students who have a passion for contemporary Art. Activities that can be experienced will help equip students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society.

Sample Activities

Chelsea Art District- This walking tour takes you to some of the finest galleries in NYC. New York’s visual arts community gradually moved away from SoHo in the late 1990s for better rent and larger spaces. Considered an international hub for contemporary art, students have the chance to view art galleries converted from industrialized warehouses. (New York)

 

Graffiti tour- A walking tour through Brooklyn and Queens allows the opportunity to see some of the most visually incredible murals. Expect to be immersed in the culture and lifestyle of today’s urban artists while learning about their quirky personalities and how much people are willing to pay for their work. (New York)

 

Harlem/Bronx Hip Hop Tour- Reminisce and learn during this rare, immersive guided adventure. Ride through Harlem and travel through the Boogie Down Bronx experiencing classic backdrops with real-time narratives from iconic, charismatic hip hop pioneers giving the students insight into the history and growth of this unparalleled art form. (New York)

 

MOMA- The Museum of Modern Art is place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. Its extraordinary exhibitions and collection of modern and contemporary art are forever evolving. (New York)

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