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Meet our overseas language & activity instructors


We have a highly trained team of overseas staff who are responsible for your school groups. By training and managing the teams ourselves, we can maintain consistently high levels of instruction, safety and quality standards.

French-native animateurs trained at our centre of excellence

Our method of teaching French is through language immersion, where learners only hear and speak French throughout their stay. 

What makes our language immersion programmes different from the traditional school trip is that they are run by our own animateurs, a hand-picked team of French-native activity leaders who have undertaken training at our flagship French language centre, Château de la Baudonnière.

It’s the animateur’s job to spend time with your students, build their confidence and encourage them to speak French at every opportunity, coaxing even the most reticent French learners to take part. They make experiences memorable and fun and as a result, fears of making mistakes are reduced and confidence increased.

Time and time again teachers say that their animateur is like ‘having another teacher on the trip’. They run the whole programme for you so you can relax and enjoy seeing your students learn in an 'outside the classroom' environment

We have been running French immersion programmes at the Château for over 20 years which means we have unrivalled experience recruiting, training and developing our animateurs to ensure they deliver the best learning to your students.  What’s more, our animateur training course has been co-designed by a former Headteacher and Head of MFL to ensure that all our activities support current language pedagogy and curriculum.

Read a teacher's first-hand account of taking a school group on a French language immersion trip on the TES website.

Spanish Monitores and German Betreuers will get your pupils talking

Using our considerable experience offering French language immersion programmes for schools, we have developed Spanish and German language programmes which use native-speaking group leaders to provide an authentic and immersive language experience for your learners.

As with our French immersion programmes, your school group will have a specially trained activity leader who will deliver all on-site activities, mealtimes and evening games in the target language to create a truly authentic and immersive environment.

To ensure that we offer a high-quality immersive language immersion across all our programmes, the senior Spanish monitores and German Bertreuers have been trained by our French Château team.

Designed to give your students plenty of opportunities to use the language they are studying, our Spanish and German programmes offer a mix of on-site adventure activities, combined with local excursions and visits, to provide an authentic taste of local culture.

Voyager School Travel language immersion in Tes

Our language immersion approach featured on the Tes website

The learning impact of our unique MFL immersion trips has been featured in Tes

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Voyager adventure & activity instructors maintain the highest standards

Many of our language and residential trips include adventure activities that are designed to build students’ confidence and team-work, providing plenty of fun and adventure in a safe and closely supervised environment.  These are led by our own qualified instructors, who are highly experienced working with school groups, so you can be confident that your students are in the very best of hands. 

All our lead instructors hold an appropriate National Governing Body qualification and staff go through an intensive selection and training process and require two references, an enhanced DBS check and First Aid certification.

Voyager’s outdoor activity and adventure programmes are also subject to a biannual inspection by Adventuremark, an independent body which ensures we meet the best practice standards. 

Why choose Voyager School Travel for your school trip?

Educational school trip experts

Our unique programmes deliver curriculum-aligned learning outcomes in authentic, fun & supportive environments. Read more →

We make it easier

Teachers’ lives are hard enough without the extra work involved in running a school trip, so we’ll be there for you before, during and after the trip. Read more →

Our own overseas teams

With a large overseas team looking after the majority of our school trips, you can be sure of consistent and personal service. Read more →

Safety assured, bonded and accredited

Your booking is protected through ABTA or ATOL. As an assured member of the School Travel Forum we adhere to the highest standards. Read more →

We make it easier

Teachers’ lives are hard enough without the extra work involved in running a school trip, so we’ll be there for you before, during and after the trip. Read more →

You are in expert hands

We have specialised in educational trips for over 10 years and organise school trips for over 25,000 students a year. Read more →

For teachers who are serious about the educational outcomes of their school trip.

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