A Study Tour is exactly what it sounds like. It is a fun and interactive way in the corporate world to learn, bond and take a break. You could learn about anything. From food and wine tours in Italy to learning about culture in different countries. At most times, it may not even be related to your work. It allows you to study and travel at the same time. If you are looking for a team building activity that will actually work and help them learn something new, Study Tours are a great alternative. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Learn and Travel at the Same Time
This is a no-brainer. Do you remember those exchange programs in university? If you weren’t able to go on one back then, surely, you will surely remember all your friends raving about it. The idea of learning and travelling at the same time is appealing and there is no reason that you can’t do it as an adult.
Lucky for you, Study Tours allow you to combine education, work and the thrills of travel. During the day, you may be learning about the Australian parliament. At night, you may be going out with your colleagues to taste the finest Australian cuisine, trying the country’s best wine.
2. Meet New People from Other Departments and Industries
It is hard to develop interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Everyone is too busy getting stuff done and the structure of businesses make it difficult for employees to socialise with people outside their team. Most companies have Friday drinks or company-wide social events, but one afternoon or night is not enough to really know someone. Conducting a Study Tour that is inclusive to all departments is an excellent way to build interpersonal relationships and company culture.
Seeing your fellow colleagues outside their usual corporate wear will bright new light to them. Mingling with people from other and departments will create a collaborative culture in the company. Being in a siloed organisation, there may be disputes between departments. Enabling them to communicate in a positive learning environment will transform their views and form a mutual understanding. There is so much to learn from the people around you and going on a Study Tour is the best opportunity to do so.
Who knows? You might find some life long friends on the Study Tour!
3. Interactive and Effective Learning
The aim of a Study Tour, of course, is to learn and gain new skills and knowledge. Wave goodbye to boring presentations or 3 hour long seminars. Study Tours take you beyond the classroom or meeting room so that you get hands-on learning experience. At our most recent Study Tour on Food and Wine, participants were able to not only study about South Australia’s famous food and wine producers but also able to experience the taste of locally made cheese, olives and pastries. In addition, cooking classes were also available as part of the tour.
Our next Study Tour is dedicated to learning about the Australian Parliament. As you can tell, Study Tours are designed for clients’ specific needs and can range from a variety of subjects.
4. Immerse Yourself in a Different Culture
Beyond the subject of the Study Tour, the fact that you are placed in a different environment is rewarding. Experiencing a different culture, like with any travel adventure, is eye-opening! And can you believe that this is for work?
Whether it would be cooking skills from our Food and Wine Tour or reshaping your views and values by experiencing a different culture, Study Tours give you so much more than just a new skill.
5. Go Back to Work Re-Energised
Of course, the main reason you are doing a Study Tour is to gain new experiences, new skills and knowledge to take home with you. Employees will come back to work re-energised feeling fulfilled, educated and connected to their colleagues. Studies show that organisations that provide personal development and good culture increase employee retention rates. It is a small price to pay for long-term success and happiness in the organisation.
Are you ready to join a Study Tour? Please contact us to enquire about the possible Study Tours we will be holding. EuroTafe Education’s Study Tours are tailored to suit the individual needs of clients and can include airport transfer, accommodation, learning resources, tours and meals. If you are still not convinced, feel free to contact us for more information.