CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Each member has its own approach to teaching Travel & Tourism, and the GTTP works with education ministries to ensure compliance with country standards. In some countries, the GTTP program is for students in the final year of secondary school, and in others the GTTP is focused on students in grade 10, 11 and/or 12. Each country uses its own tourism education requirements. In some countries, schools use a GTTP-developed curriculum as their official curriculum while other use it to supplement their own courses. (For more information, contact the Director for the program you are interested in.)

To ensure students have a global perspective, the GTTP developed a curriculum, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD: An Introduction to Travel & Tourism. It comes with three modules: a module for use by instructors; a module for use by students, which includes a guide to information resources; and a module with a comprehensive schedule of student activities. It is available in English, Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Our Global Partners work with us to ensure the materials are up-to-date. Travelport, as an example, has worked with our Directors to develop an inter-active unit on travel technology that lets students and teachers learn about global travel booking systems.

Click here to see the Introduction to the Instructor’s Guide which includes the GTTP’s approach to teaching Travel & Tourism, an explanation of the PASSPORT curriculum and an outline of the syllabus.

PASSPORT was developed by GTTP’s directors and teachers. The course provides students with a basic understanding of tourism as a global industry. The curriculum is “teacher friendly” and is designed in such a way that basic concepts and information are combined with activities that focus the students on their own community or region.

In some countries, like Russia, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, is the officially-approved introductory curriculum.  In other member countries, like Hungary and Canada, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD is used to supplement existing curriculum. In India PASSPORT TO THE WORLD is being introduced to students in secondary school.  In the Philippines, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD is used in first year university studies. In Kenya PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was approved by the education ministry and is used to introduce students to this subject throughout the country.  For countries that are just starting to offer this subject, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD can be used as the introductory curriculum and provides a basis for understanding the industry and for going on to further study.

Students who master the material in PASSPORT TO THE WORLD are eligible to receive a certificate attesting to their achievement. Click here to read more.I

teacher training

GTTP teacher-training courses on the global curriculum, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, and on student assessment methodologies have been delivered to teachers in France, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. These are in addition to regular teacher training provided by individual GTTP members to their own teachers.

The GTTP assessment approach utilizes portfolios prepared by the students, and provides teacher training in this method.

collaborative projects

The GTTP members work together in a number of ways, especially in the sharing ideas and experiences that can improve their own operations. They meet annually as a group to facilitate coordination and develop new materials.

The development of the curriculum known as PASSPORT is an example of a collaborative project. GTTP member schools can also "twin" with each other, which is an opportunity for students in different countries to learn more about each other.

internships

Internships where students are exposed to the workplace are an important part of the activities of GTTP members. Students need to be able to see what life is like in a “real” business. In some GTTP member countries/regions, internships are paid activities and students work for months or even during an entire school year at a local business. In others, such an extensive internship is not feasible.

One alternative for exposing students to the workplace is unpaid, 30-hour work-study programs that can be conducted individually or in groups.

student activities

GTTP members involve students in a myriad of local and national activities. The GTTP sponsors these global competitions.

This competition requires student teams to research a Travel & Tourism opportunity or issue in their local or national context. The winning school in each member country/region sends a team to the GTTP International Student-Teacher Conference held each November in Nice, France. This competition is sponsored by the GTTP’s Global Partners and the Aldo Papone Endowment. For details, click here.

This essay competition reinforces the GTTP’s emphasis on developing an individual student’s research, writing and photographic skills. Students compete for national and international cash prizes. For details, click here.

The goal of the Digital Photo competition is to show a special aspect of a student’s community to people who have never been there. The photo should make the viewer want to come visit. Photographs could be of a historic building; a natural feature, such as a lake or mountain; an event, such as a procession; a local specialty, such as food; an activity or sport; a person or a group of people. For details, click here.

The GTTP Sustainability Competition was initially co-sponsored with UNWTO to celebrate the 2017 Year of Sustainability. The competition has been continued, and is offered on-line to GTTP students in conjunction with PASSPORT TO SUSTAINABILITY, GTTP’s course on this important topic. For more details, visit the website.

The GTTP has developed a manual in English and Spanish to help schools set up internship/work-study programs.