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Five reasons why you should send your teenager on a study tour

Stopping short of seeing your teen go through the same old wake-up-at-noon-and-stay-up-late drill over the December school holidays again, you wonder if it will do her (and your patience) any good to look into enrolling her on a study tour instead?

You do have the spare cash so it all boils down to convincing yourself why you should fund the trip and why this isn’t too early to let her go on an overseas trip without your supervision.

Here are five reasons why you should:

1/ So your teen probably won’t come back from the trip knowing exactly what she wants to do with the rest of her life but what it can do is to pull her out of her comfort zone into a few weeks of horizon-broadening experiential learning with her peers which may influence the way she thinks and deals with issues.

2/ She gets the opportunity to befriend fellow teens who come from a different background and culture. She also gets to see how her peers interact with others in an unfamiliar environment overseas. With the world being so connected these days, it won’t be hard for her to stay in touch with her new friends – on FaceBook, Instagram or otherwise.

3/ Depending on the destination of the study tour, your teen can pick up a new language or improve on a language that she already speaks. Learning in an immersion environment, even if it is just for a few weeks, can be instrumental in language learning. Forced to use the language or risk isolation, she can see for herself the benefits of speaking a second or third language.

4/ This can be a good practice in developing responsibility and independence, probably something you have nagged her about on a daily basis, from making her bed to helping you with the dishes. For a few weeks, she gets to be in a foreign country without parental supervision, managing an allowance to be spent on small souvenirs and snacks. You also get to see if she makes good on that promise to send you text message updates every other day.

5/ If the study tour involves a homestay, that’s all for the better. It definitely helps with language immersion (see point 3) and she may be compelled to be on her best behaviour while staying with a host family. And as much as we hate to admit it, teens might be less petulant when taking (possibly the same) advice from adults who are not their own parents.

If you still need convincing, could it be because you are concerned that your teen would take this as an all expenses paid holiday and learn nothing out of it? For your teen, aren’t all holidays with the family all expenses paid for anyway? The upside this time is she might come home with a fresh perspective of the world and perhaps an inkling of what she is passionate about for the years to come.