Al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tional trips

The Irish Times - - Education -

Cooking, olive-pick­ing or sight-see­ing? If you don’t feel your chil­dren’s school trips are ed­u­ca­tional enough, you can al­ways take your teens on some al­ter­na­tive hol­i­days. Here are a few ideas:

Cook­ery cour­ses: Take your teens to Ca­van or Cork for week­end break and get them im­mersed in cooking with Ire­land’s best known chefs – Neven Maguire and Da­rina Allen, who of­fer cook­ery cour­ses to suit every level of ex­pe­ri­ence. (neven­maguire.com, cooking­is­fun.ie)

Cul­ture vul­ture: For those with more of a bud­get, turn the school trip into a fam­ily hol­i­day and com­bine cul­ture and his­tory with food in Italy. A day in Rome with a guide is worth more than any his­tory les­son, while

art lovers should head for Florence.

Al­ter­na­tively, why not learn to make gelato from an award-win­ning ex­pert or test your ol­fac­tory skills while mak­ing your own per­fume un­der the guid­ance of a mas­ter. (italy­withus.com ,tusc any now and more.com, theartofleisure.com)

Work­ing hol­i­days: This can be a sur­pris­ingly fun way to spend a school break and learn a lan­guage: head to Spain, France or Italy to pick olives or grapes or even go mus­sel-har­vest­ing in Brit­tany.

Or for those who want to stay closer to home, a fruit-pick­ing break is a good way of earn­ing some cash, while see­ing another part of the coun­try. (olivepick­ing.com , work­away.info, golearnto.com, pick­ingjobs.com/ire­land)

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