Stepping outside the classroom

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

I’m sure I can vouch for everyone when I say field trips were the most exciting part of school.


But have you ever wondered what brought in such excitement? It wasn’t just the thrill of going out with our classmates. It was the anticipation for the momentary pause in our boring classroom routine.


“HTMi Switzerland Dubai continues to thrive on such standards. Whether you’re a student in the kitchen or at the front desk, you are taught both in and outside of the classroom. With strategic lesson plans that include comprehensive textbook learning along with highly engaging field trips, the students are introduced to a wealth of knowledge. ”

If you look back now, our learning never really came to a halt. Even though it was outside the classroom, our education went on just as it would on the inside. And whether we realise it or not, these were great standards of learning.

Today, HTMi Switzerland Dubai continues to thrive on such standards. Whether you’re a student in the kitchen or at the front desk, you are taught both in and outside of the classroom. With strategic lesson plans that include comprehensive textbook learning along with highly engaging field trips, the students are introduced to a wealth of knowledge.

In the year 2004, a study was conducted by Brian Myers and Linda Jones at the University of Florida. It explains the three critical stages for optimal learning and retention of the information. They are: pre-trip instruction, time alone on the trip to explore new surroundings and time for students to discuss their experiences post trip. Hence, the students are exposed to a new learning environment that isn’t always available within an institute. It is safe to say that these three stages are successfully applied to the field trips organized by HTMi Switzerland Dubai.

For example, the students were taken to the Gulfood Expo 2021 last month. The faculty gave them clear instructions as to what information was to be gathered from the various stalls. Upon arrival, the students were given the liberty to look around, ask questions and eventually learn about the new advancements in technologies. While they devoured several creations by the talented chefs, they also came across some interesting developments. A translation app was one of them. In the culinary world, most of the jargon is in French. However, living and working in a country that isn’t France, you need to know what the different translations might be. This new app stirred up quite the conversation. Well, so did all that delicious food!

Similarly, the students of the Hotel and Tourism Management class were taken to the Etihad Museum earlier this month. This trip was an extension to their UAE Hospitality and Culture course. They were asked to take notes on the history and culture of the United Arab Emirates and its great leaders. The excursion was not only insightful for the students but will also help them create a portfolio at the end of their course.

When we delve deeper into the purpose of field trips, their benefits are hard to miss. They boost empathy, tolerance and creativity, all that are key to hospitality. Let’s not forget that the students come from socially and culturally diverse communities. When paired with what they learn on the field, it can broaden the spectrum of their individual and collective worlds. Eventually paving their way to being exceptionally hospitable as is expected from the students of HTMi Switzerland Dubai.

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