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  • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
    Brad Frankel
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    Learning outside the classroom is something that we believe in strongly…students can be more engaged, enjoy the environment and learn practically, which can hold their attention much longer. At Flooglebinder we run educational trips whereby they have this opportunity and we also offer free talks in schools, colleges and universities but it’s so difficult to hold their attention around this topic. They’re so stuck behind their phones and a virtual world that these outside experiences are becoming fewer and far between, and it’s these experiences that create behavioural changes and action – so how can we keep them engaged in the classroom? How can we give students that don’t have the funds the opportunity to travel, so that they can witness these issues first hand and develop wider key skills that will contribute to the attributes of future leaders?

    To give you guys a background on Flooglebinder (www.flooglebinder.co.uk) we educate and inspire the younger generation with programmes that include aspects of conservation, culture and community, with the aim to conserve threatened habitats, protect endangered species and ultimately create better global citizens. These trips started with a focus towards conservation but through culture and community, participants gain a much stronger emotional bond with the destination and people, which adds to their experience and behavioural changes to want to make a difference and become better global citizens.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel Brad Frankel.

    Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
    Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

    T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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  • Profile gravatar of Imperial
    Imperial
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    Huh, this really does look like an interesting project, I taught English in South Korea for awhile so I can most definitely sympathize with the difficulties you mentioned, the sheer number of mobile phones I had to confiscate in class was somewhat depressing.

    What have you found is the best way to engage the kids in the classrooms themselves? I mean, most kids will at least pay some attention in a new environment but in class it self? I imagine that’s a lot harder for you guys.

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    • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
      Brad Frankel
      Participant

      I think we’re quite fortunate as being a new face and new voice, as guest speakers, they’re quite engaged. We have a very relaxed way with our talks, show some great videos and also do some role play type scenarios to get everyone involved.

      The next job is to get them away from their phones during the trips. In Greece, they couldn’t charge their phones and it was so great to see them play and enjoy the environment they were in.

      Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
      Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

      T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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  • Profile gravatar of Kath
    Kath
    Participant

    This sounds like a brilliant initiative. With a two-year old of my own, I do worry about his future and the planet he is inheriting. Anything that can be done to educate kids from an early age about sustainability and things they can do to help protect the environment, is surely a good thing. The incorporation of visuals and role play is a great way to encourage engagement too.

    I will mention this initiative to my friends and colleagues who have children / are governors at schools in London, in case it’s something they might be able to propose to the teaching staff.

    Keep up the good work!

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    • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
      Brad Frankel
      Participant

      Hi Kath, I’m not a father but an uncle and godfather to 3 and it scares the hell out of me. Seeing people so addicted to their phones is one of the things that scares me the most as we know the world without it but they don’t. Re-connecting them to the outdoors is so important and if we can make sure they do that sustainably then its a win win.

      The hardest thing we find in this sector is trust…schools generally have very long relationships with trip providers and whilst we hate to do it, we almost have to box ourselves in this category to introduce who we are but we offer so much more than that. Our goal is global citizenship and sustainability we just use travel as a vehicle to drive that message as there are so many extra benefits that come with it. Any introductions are greatly received as that trust barrier is immediately broken.

      We do offer trips for young families and this is a product we’re looking to grow, along with professionals, ie anyone outside of education who is interested in purposeful and sustainable travel. Ian (cofounder) has a 6month old (Otto) and 6 year old (Bea) and they are huge advocates for travelling with their kids at a young age, so we’ll be launching a lot more of these trips.

      Thanks for your comments and help.

      Take care,

      Brad

      Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
      Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

      T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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  • Profile gravatar of Gavin Yip
    Gavin Yip
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    Dear Brad,

    My name is Gavin and I am currently a student from Singapore that is studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Seeing the initiatives and the motives behind this whole organisation is really such an eye-opener. Currently, I am actually doing a personal assignment on Global trends of the Hospitality industry and yes I did choose sustainable travel as my main topic. HAHAHA It is just so great to see like-minded individuals across the world who actually cares and are doing a bigger job rather than just say we are ” GOING GREEN”. Your corporation should come to Asia and share such advises as we all know Asia has so much rubbish and is so polluted…. having you guys here will definitely help to instill new values to the new generations. Keep up the great work guys!

    Gavin

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    • Profile gravatar of Brad Frankel
      Brad Frankel
      Participant

      Hi Gavin,

      Great topic – good work 🙂 – how’s the assignment coming on? I’d love to read it when you’re done so please feel free to send it across (brad@flooglebinder.co.uk) if you’re happy to share it? We’d love to come out there and talk to students like yourself – maybe you could help us make it happen? Like many things in life and work it’s about who you know, so if you would like to put us in touch with your lecturers maybe we could speak to them about setting something up 😉

      Look forward to reading your assignment.

      Take care,

      Brad

      Brad Frankel BSc (Hons)
      Travel addict, food lover and conservationist

      T: +44(0)2036330163 E: brad@flooglebinder.co.uk W: www.flooglebinder.co.uk

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