why are school trips so expensive in germany?

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28 minutes ago, franklan said:

That's news to me. Can you give a source for that information?

There are companies that do that. The school works with the company to select a suitable tour, but the tour company organizes the bus, the ferry, the tickets for shows, guest families for the kids etc.

 

I doubt if there are kickbacks as such, but the teachers presumably don't have to pay full whack.

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Google "Schulreisen" or "Klassenfahrt" and you'll get a taste of some of the companies. There are tons of ads for these in the back of teachers' periodicals (subject-specialist journals, teachers' union newspapers, etc.).  Right next to the ads for clinics specializing in teacher burn-out... 

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 A Dutch acquiantance organizes school winter trips in the Alpes. She works for a German travel organisation.

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Our schools do their own. Sometimes the teachers share info from year to year, but not always. A last class trip for fun is organised by the students, if there is one.

 

The costs are kept down that way, I suppose.

 

At kid#1's posh Gymnasium (if only we had known, there were two others to choose from...) there was a requirement to spend 2000 € on a 2/3 week trip to America if you wanted to have English as your thesis subject (not thesis, there was another word, forgotten it) which I refused. All 6 of us could have had the holiday of a lifetime for that. I think that kind of thing is entirely unreasonable in a state school - I could have claimed poverty and asked for help, but that was not really the point. I just found it an inappropriate use of resources and not an OK thing to make pflicht. Not cricket. No need for that kind of profligacy, appalling for the environment, blah, blah.

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