The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London sent twenty lucky Business and Travel & Tourism Level 3 learners to Dubai in November as part of their studies.
The trip enabled the students to get first-hand knowledge of international business, tourism destinations, visitor attractions and tourism development, helping them to get top marks in their module assignments - and have a wonderfully exciting trip at the same time.
The College selected Dubai for the field trip as it is probably the best example of a destination that has rapidly developed and diversified to enable the country to survive the loss of revenue from oil.
The five-day educational visit, partially funded by the students and subsidised by the College, allowed the learners to carry out their own research and to learn by seeing and doing – rather than in the classroom. Additionally they experienced different cultures, customs, cuisine and belief systems.
Head of School for Business and Travel & Tourism, Darren Leftwich, said: “Our students returned more enthused about what is out there for them once they have qualified. They also benefitted in terms of their social development and responsibility, as they had to adapt quickly to a very different culture than their own. They learned greater independence in managing their own time and resources independently.” He added: “I am now looking for sponsorship to allow us to offer this type of opportunity in the future.”
The learners also visited Abu Dhabi and major attractions; including the Burj al Arab, which is the only 7 star hotel in the world, The Palm development and the Atlantis Hotel, Ferrari World, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Burj Kalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. They found time to go on safari and even took to the slopes of Ski Dubai - an indoor ski slope in the desert.
The students flew by BA from Heathrow and stayed at the Premier Inn Investments Park - a new business development on the edge of the desert.
Tara Clifford; studying Business BTEC Level 3 at the College’s Tottenham Centre, said: "I feel so lucky and privileged to have experienced such a beautiful country filled with innovative and creative buildings and attractions. It has opened by eyes to what can be achieved through hard work. Being in Dubai gave me knowledge and understanding which I could never gain from a text book. Experience is vital to learning. This experience has broadened my way of thinking."
Simon Zhao; studying Travel & Tourism Level 3 at the College’s Enfield Centre, said: "Nothing compares to first-hand experience. The excellent customer service I observed will set me a good example for future assignments and good practice in my life. I can't wait for the next educational visit."
With a 92% success rate on the Travel and Tourism courses, the provision available is truly outstanding and leads directly to a variety of fascinating career options. A recent visit by the awarding body City and Guilds praised the high and continuously improving standard of student work on the Travel and Tourism courses. The College is the first in the country to achieve the Medal of Excellence in Travel and Tourism in conjunction with the Institute of Travel and Tourism.