Meet the talent behind your trip

The best people to lead you through a country are the folk who live there. That’s why we work exclusively with local professionals, whose in-country expertise is your passport to exceptional experiences.

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Languages spoken, including fluent English

150+

Combined years of experience

550+

Successful school trips led

Tour leaders

Our tour leaders are more than just guides – they’re also teachers, translators and troubleshooters. They manage tour logistics, so you can focus on your students’ individual needs. They speak English and their national language, which makes communicating simple. And they work responsibly to make sure your school group stays healthy and safe at all times.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be warmly welcomed into a new country. Your tour leader will work attentively to connect you and your students to local food, transport, accommodation, people and ways of life. You’ll be supported to negotiate new customs and different perspectives with tolerance, cultural intelligence and empathy.

Experienced, student-focused professionals

Young student travellers have distinct needs, and our tour leaders are expertly trained to deal with them. Every leader has at least three years’ experience leading student groups and can teach a range of personalities.

Teammates in teaching and learning

Our tour leaders assist you with daily planning and organisation, brief you on in-country etiquette and monitor your group’s wellbeing. They share responsibility for accommodation, security and travel arrangements, look for risks, and prepare processes to manage them.

Passionate local experts

Be inspired by people who live and breathe the culture as locals. Our enthusiastic tour leaders are eager to share their in-depth knowledge of local history, geography and politics. Their intricate local knowledge gives you access to remarkable cultures, up close.

We went with Student Educational Adventures on a Gold International Award trip to South East Asia. Their staff are well-trained and quickly establish rapport with students. We found their customer service to be fantastic. Before, during or after the trip, nothing was ever too much trouble.

Jon HalliganIBDP and IBCC Coordinator, Jumeriah English Speaking School

Directors

Our Directors co-founded Student Educational Adventures in 1999 and share between them over 40 years of experience in educational tour design and delivery. They make sure all students are safe, each experience is authentic and every trip exceeds your expectations

Billy Penfold

Billy is a veteran of tour leading, having escorted groups throughout Vietnam and Cambodia since 1997. He first travelled to Asia in his early twenties, where he fell in love with the region’s vibrant cultures and diverse history. Since moving to Vietnam to follow his dream of educational travel, Billy has dedicated his career to educating young student travellers on life, society and culture in Asia. He holds a Certificate in Applied Language (Vietnamese), speaks English and Vietnamese fluently, and has impressive knowledge of Asian geography and political history.

David Eales

David is an expert educator with a passion for social justice. After an early career in criminology, David moved to Vietnam in his mid-twenties to work as a teacher, where he lived for 22 years. Through teaching, he discovered service learning as an effective way for students to understand social issues. This approach has become part of each educational tour he designs. He is also a scuba diving enthusiast who’s dived everywhere in the Asia region.

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