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If you are a professor of environmental sustainability or a similar subject, Anglo Educational Services can offer you a fantastic opportunity to help your students understand first-hand the importance of a sustainable future. All of our programmes are customised to meet the academic aims and outcomes of your group, but we have provided a sample itinerary of an educational tour that focuses on sustainability.
All AES groups have access to 24 hour emergency assistance throughout the programme.
MORNING Arrive in the UK, transfer from airport to accommodation by private motor coach
AFTERNOON Orientation session with Anglo Educational Services staff
Guided walking tour of Architectural and Historical London
Upon arrival in London you will be met by your private coach, which will take you to your centrally located hotel. As check-in is often not until 3pm, arrangements will have already been made with the hotel for you to leave your luggage in the secure baggage area. A pack containing maps plus any pre-purchased travel cards will be left for the group leader upon arrival.
The arrival orientation session by AES Tours Staff will be held at the Anglo Educational Study Centre. This session will take students through basic health and safety in London, how to use public transport including the tube and buses, as well as offering helpful hints for your stay. It will also give you all a chance to ask any questions you may have.
Following your orientation session, you will board your coach for a 2-3 hour guided tour of London with a knowledgeable private guide. Whilst on the tour you will learn about not only the history of London, but also the architecture, and how particular buildings have been constructed to make them as environmentally friendly as possible. The coach will drop you back at your accommodation where you will be able to check into your rooms.
MORNING Visit to the Science Museum
AFTERNOON Overview Lecture on British Life and Culture with a focus on The Environment and Sustainability
Your visit to the Science Museum, located in Kensington, will focus on two exhibitions; the Energy Hall and The Atmosphere Gallery, which is a novel and innovative way to understand the climate – including the science behind it, what is happening to it now and what may impact on the climate in the future.
Your visit will help put into context your afternoon lecture. This will give you an opportunity to meet with a UK based expert, who will deliver a lecture based on British life and culture, with a particular focus on the environment and sustainability.
MORNING Visit to The John Lewis Partnership
AFTERNOON Visit with Social Enterprise and Sustainability charity focusing on the assistance that they offer to businesses to improve their green credentials
The UK government views the John Lewis Partnership as one of the most socially responsible retailers. Your visit to one of their stores will include a guided tour with a focus on the work that they do towards protecting the environment.
In the afternoon, after the visit to the John Lewis, you will have the opportunity to meet with a representative from a charity which promotes, supports and networks both community-based initiatives and businesses for a greener, healthier and more sustainable London. Their meeting will cover the charity’s work with businesses and the community and will enable you to see the work that London as a city is putting into sustainability.
MORNING Visit to the Thames Barrier with guided tour
AFTERNOON Visit to The Crystal
Visit to the Natural History Museum
Beginning your day in East London at the Thames Barrier, you will visit the Information Centre at the Barrier. Firstly, the group will have a guided tour of the Centre. The talk will cover topics such as the history of the River Thames and the risk of flooding in London, as well as describing the environment and wildlife of the river. You will have the opportunity to explore the area and see how the barrier, one of the most important engineering projects in Europe in the late 20th Century, plays a vital role in protecting London from flooding.
Once you have left the barrier, you will make you way to The Crystal. The Crystal is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, and it is an initiative for sustainable cities, sponsored by Siemens, exploring the future of cities. It is home to the world’s largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability, as well as being an internationally recognised centre for dialogue, discovery and learning. After visiting The Crystal, it is time to make your way from East to West London. Here you will visit the renowned Natural History Museum. This independent visit will incorporate galleries such as ecology, today and tomorrow (impact of humans on the earth), The Wildlife garden, and Restless surface.
MORNING Visit with a representative from the London Sustainability Exchange
AFTERNOON Visit to the Faraday Museum
Lecture at University College London
This morning the group will meet with a representative from the London Sustainability Exchange (LSX). The LSX provides organisations and networks of individuals with the motivation, knowledge, and connections they need to put sustainability into practice.
Following your morning visit you will visit the Faraday Museum, located at the Royal Institution, and partake in a self-guided visit. The main exhibition at Faraday, established in 1799, is its magnetic laboratory, displayed as it was shown in the 1850s, opposite a current state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab. The visit includes an interactive tour of the Laboratory.
To round off the day you will be visiting one of the top-ranking UK universities – University College London. At UCL, the group will attend a guest lecture from a specialist, focusing on sustainable entrepreneurship.
MORNING Visit to BedZed
BedZed is the UK’s first ever eco-community. It is located just outside of London so you will be travelling via train. The development is designed to use only energy from renewable sources generated on site and it is a fascinating example of sustainable living. The group will tour the visitors centre, which charts the construction of the development. After visiting BedZed you will all return to London and have free time to explore before your departure in the morning.
MORNING Transfer from accommodations to airport
This morning you will be taken to the airport by private coach for your flight home. We hope you have a safe trip and that you all enjoyed studying abroad in London – we look forward to welcoming you to London again one day.