EF Virtual
Training Program

Get your travel skills in top shape

Leading a student tour is a really big, really exciting decision. To help you feel The Most Prepared, we’re here to give you all of the knowledge and support you could ask for. Through live webinars and online teacher training sessions with EF staff and experienced Group Leaders, you’ll develop the skills to confidently lead your group somewhere new.

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Upcoming Live Webinars

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The Deal with Deadlines
There are a lot of details and deadlines to remember when planning your tour but don't worry, we've got you covered. Join us for a session where we'll chat about what you need to remember, the tools we've created to help you remember them, and hear from our most experienced Group Leaders on how they keep it all organized and easy along the way.
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Creating a Tradition of Travel
Join us for a discussion on the importance of creating a feeling of tradition and significance around your travel program and how it will benefit you down the road. Learn from our most experienced Group Leaders on how they have turned just a tour, into a right of passage, into an annual tradition, and a strong program - as well as why it's important to lay this foundation and look to the future at this time in your planning process.
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Becoming a Pre-Departure Pro
As we get closer to your departure dates and your tour is starting to finally feel real, it's time to talk pre-departure meetings and ensure all your ducks are in a row before you hit the road with your group. Again, experienced Group leaders will join us to share how they organize their own meetings, what the most important topics they cover are, and easy ways to tackle difficult conversations.
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What to Expect When You're Exploring
Let's take some time to dive into on-tour expectations and make sure you feel prepared for what your day-to-day on tour will be like. In this session, we'll talk practical tips on everything from packing, the pace of tour, the role of your Tour Director, moving as a large group, and safety on tour. Whether you've traveled a lot on your own, or not at all, traveling with a group is a unique experience and worth taking the time to discuss.
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Meet your expert trainers

Sessions are led by Educational Travel Advisors (aka Group Leaders with a ton of experience), seasoned Tour Directors, and EF staff. As they share their student travel expertise and provide you with support, you’ll start building the skills you need to lead.

Want to have a one-on-one chat with an Educational Travel Advisor?

Connect with an expert

Mary’s first trip tip:

“Remain calm and flexible, and let EF do their job. They are so organized and take the lead on every aspect of the trip. Each year, I remind myself that, once I arrive, I can exhale and enjoy the adventure!”

Mary R.

Brea, CA

Ryan’s first trip tip:

“Sometimes, due to reasons beyond our control (i.e. a delay, closure, etc.), we have to move or even skip an activity on the itinerary—and that’s okay. For most students, this is their first adventure at a location, so they don’t know what they’re missing. There’s no need to dwell on what could have been. The students are excited for their next destination, so build on that.”

Ryan S.

Westminster, CO

Destiny’s first trip tip:

“Sit with your students on the bus. I spent time sitting at the front of the bus because I wanted the students to have their own fun, but the last two days of my trip I sat with my students and had a BLAST. We sang songs, played games, and I truly got to know them on a different level than what I see in the classroom.”

Destiny K.

New Orleans, LA

Skye’s first trip tip:

“Have a pre-trip meeting and cover topics like itinerary, walking distances, weather, and medical needs. If you do this, you set the tour up for success for both the students and the chaperones. This also gives you a chance to meet all the students under your supervision for the tour.”

Skye M. (Tour Director)

Burlington, VT

Alex’s first trip tip:

“Really take time to appreciate the experience! It’s easy to get sidetracked by travel logistics and group dynamics, but it’s important to take time for yourself, too. Take in the history and culture of where you are, and think how amazing it is that YOU get to be the one to show your students these sites.”

Alex C. (Tour Consultant)

Boston, MA

Sara’s first trip tip:

“Travel is unpredictable. Things pop up, plans switch, and unexpected detours happen. The best advice I can give is, be open to going with the flow and adapting along the way. Some of the unplanned parts of tour end up being the most memorable. It’s all part of the experience!”

Sara S. (EF staffer)

Boston, MA

Training sessions on demand

Looking for a quick tour refresher before hitting the road? Well, you’re in luck—our prerecorded online teacher training sessions will help level-up your travel skills. Choose your topic, or watch them all.

Your First Day

Day one? You’ve got this. From navigating the airport (and potential flight changes) to meeting your Tour Director when you arrive, we’ll share everything you need to know for a smooth departure and arrival day.

Safety on Tour

Become an on-tour safety expert as we review EF policies, emergency protocols, and other tips.

Communication on Tour

Get a lesson in communicating with your group and their families while you’re traveling. You’ll also learn more about chaperone roles and responsibilities and how to set on-tour expectations for adult travelers.

All About Hotels

Learn what to expect from hotels on tour, and how to manage everything from roommate selection to early-morning wake-ups.

Promoting Your Tour

We make it easy to sign up students and get them excited for your tour. From spreading the word to hosting a parent meeting, we share all the tips you need to get going.

Global Rewards Loyalty Program

We share the ins and outs of EF’s loyalty program, which offers teachers some of the best travel rewards in, well, the world.

Managing Your Group

Learn about everything from keeping student behavior in check to navigating the New York subway as a large group.

The Group Leader-Tour Director Relationship

Meet a real-life dynamic duo: Brady, a Group Leader from California, and his go-to Tour Director, Skye. See firsthand how they work together to create the best possible experiences for their students.