The number of young people wanting to get out of the classroom to gain hands-on experience is growing significantly. Parents, school leaders, teachers and universities are also seeing the positive impact experiential learning has on students. In our globalised world, taking a more holistic approach to education is essential for young people to thrive. Relevant future skills are becoming more important than ever. Barry Rawlings, EDU Africa, won the Best Education Abroad Provider category at the 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards. He said: “Experiential learning is an emerging trend which has been enjoying steady growth for some time. Gen Z are placing a strong emphasis on the values behind tourism providers. They’re demonstrating a willingness to boycott those who do not meet the mark. This applies to environmental issues, issues of diversity, paternalistic attitudes, appropriate animal interaction and others. We’re now engaging with a far more discerning traveller.”
Gen Z are all about looking for unique experiences. There’s a shift from travelling as a luxury, to travelling as essential to grow as an open-minded person. They’re willing to spend a higher percentage of what they own on travel and transformational experiences than any other generation before them.
They’re looking for: