Thursday 26 Feb, 2015

Mount Vernon Done Differently

Our Group Leaders often tell us no two tours are ever the same. Whether you’ve been to Washington, D.C. six times or just once, every group has a unique experience at the places they visit and with the things they see.

Because of this, educational student tours are naturally filled with awe-inspiring moments – both for travelers and their Group Leaders.

Missouri English teacher, Karen H., and her students are getting ready for their first student trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. Although there will undoubtedly be a number of memories created, Karen is particularly looking forward to having her travelers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s Tomb.

Though the entire group will witness this, there is only space for two travelers to take part in the ceremony.To figure out who would get the honor, Karen and her chaperones decided to hold a friendly competition. In this competition, travelers created a digital multimedia presentation covering the theme of “Why I love America.”

The instructions were to keep it simple. Videos were limited to around one minute and could feature any combination of photos, text or student testimonials. The important piece was allowing travelers to express their creativity in answering the question. After watching the thoughtful presentations, Karen selected the two lucky travelers tasked with bestowing a wreath on our first president’s tomb.

The hard work students put into creating the presentations not only created more excitement for her upcoming trip, but can also be shown to inspire travelers to sign up for future tours.

Regardless of where you go on your tour, we hope Karen’s approach can give you some creative inspiration for planning your perfect tour and help you think of alternative ideas to keep your travelers engaged!

George Washington's Tomb

George and Martha were moved in 1831 to this new tomb based on Washington’s will.


Photo credit: Chuck Taylor via Flikr