Over 1,500 educators from 34 countries have gathered in Yokohama, Japan, 29 – 31 March to experience, exchange and empower. Buffalo Educational Travel is honoured to join this year’s IB Global Conference for the first time as an exhibitor.

The IB Global Conference provides an opportunity for educational leaders, decision makers and practitioners from schools, universities and governments to share best practices. Motivated by the IB’s mission, the conference fosters partnership and participation, providing a forum for discussions on educational quality, pedagogical leadership and international mindedness.

Buffalo Educational Travel has taken the opportunity to meet with many existing partner schools and make connections with new friends. Our full range of educational programmes are on display, including service-learning, mindfulness through outdoor education, community health, Duke of Endinburgh’s International Award, charity challenges and experiential learning through travel.

Interestingly, areas that have attracted the most attention are our work integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into Empower Action teacher workshops and student workshops. The ability for students to investigate root causes of situations within a community, then plan and prepare actions are an approach that more schools and educators are seeking for their students.

Another area of interest has been with developing student skills required for social enterprises and the self-reliance required for Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. For all the IB schools are looking for new, innovative programmes that assist CAS and service-learning requirements.

Buffalo Educational Travel hopes that by sharing experiences with the global education community we continue to develop innovative and life changing experiences for our partner students, schools and the communities we serve.

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