Tuesday 15 May 2012
Fifteen students currently studying the HND Travel and Tourism programme at the College’s Falkirk Campus arranged the trip as part of a module which requires them to put their learning into practice.
The group were able to organise the transport, accommodation and itinerary for the five day trip with only some support from their lecturers.
Whilst in Paris they had the opportunity to speak to several travel and tourism professionals and visited famous sights including the Eiffel Tour, Champs Elysees, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame, Louvre, and Sacre Couer.
The class also developed team working skills by raising the money for the trip themselves through various fundraising activities including bag packing in Asda over the Christmas holiday.
Fiona Clelland, Lecturer in the Department of Business who accompanied the learners on the trip, said:
“The trip allowed the learners to apply all the theory they had learned in other modules and put their practical skills to the test. They also got a taste of working in travel and tourism through visiting world famous attractions and speaking to those working in the industry. It put learning into context for them – and as a plus it was also fun!”
Emma Shearer (20) from Stirling said: ““It was great how everyone in the class worked together to make the trip a success. I had a brilliant time and really learnt a lot about the tourism industry.”
Jessica Jansson (29) from Sweden said: “It was great going to all these world famous visitor attractions like the Eiffel Tower - the trip really enabled me to learn in a fun way.”
Susanne Hamilton (28) from Falkirk said: “I learnt how tourist attractions actually work, instead of just learning the theory in a classroom.”
Fiona Sim (19) from Denny said: “I really enjoyed the challenge of planning the itinerary and finding suitable accommodation. I am now 100% confident this is what I want to do as a career.”