Outdoor education: the benefits of residential visits and how to organise them
Residential elements of a visit – and specific management issues
The OEAP National Guidance document 4.2b Residentials, gives guidance on the residential element of a visit, as this introduces specific additional management issues.
While the types of residential visit and accommodation vary, the choice should, says the guidance:
- be suitable for the age of the group and accessible to the range of abilities and disabilities;
- support the learning objectives of the visit (for example, by choosing a small local hotel or hostel outside the main tourist area to give students more opportunity to use their language);
- be cost-effective.
“Residential visits create powerful learning opportunities for young people, which can lead to step changes in an individual’s personal development and confidence.”
Topics that will prove to be invaluable for anyone in the early stages of planning a residential visit include:-
- Types of Residential Experience
- General Considerations*
- An Accommodation Arrival Checklist
*Irrespective of the type of residential experience, there are some general issues to recognise and manage, including fire safety, group safety and security, catering, drinking and drugs (including smoking), gender issues and appropriate relationships, and epidemics and the risk of infection.