Brussels Politics and Citizenship

from £325pp

Based on 4 days

Suitable for Secondary Schools

Overview

In terms of politics, Brussels is regarded as being the single most important destination in Europe: it's home to Nato, The European Parliament and The European Commission.

The European Parliament is the most popular visit during this trip.  Students can step into the shoes of an MEP for the day in an innovative and entertaining role play game. During the two and a half hour session students become MEPs who must respond to legislative proposals from the European Commission.  Along the way students watch video clips and receive phone calls and emails as they interact virtually with Council representatives, pressure groups, journalists and citizens.  Immersed in settings modelled on the MEPs' real working environment, students discover the importance of forming alliances, negotiating with other institutions and communciating with the media, offering them a real taste of the politcal process beyond the text book.

Sample Itinerary

4 days 3 nights, by Coach, from £325 per person

  1. Day 1

    Depart school in the morning.

    Arrive in Brussels.

    Get your bearings and brush up on your local knowledge with our outstanding walking tour of Brussels.

    Relax with an evening canal cruise.  Includes a guide, music and aperitif.

  2. Day 2

    Discover the history and day-to-day running of the European Parliament at its modern and engaging Visitors’ Centre, then experience it for yourself with the EP’s “MEP For a Day” Roleplay game, which is especially designed for secondary school students.

    Get an insight into the work of the European Parliament with a guided chamber tour. If the parliamentary agenda allows, this may be followed by a discussion with an MEP.  If you visit the European Parliament during the plenary session, you will be able to follow the debates live from the visitors' gallery in the chamber

  3. Day 3

    Visit the European Commission for a talk on the role of the Commission within the EU, followed by a Q&A session.

    Guided half-day trip to Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Explore the bridges and canals of this majestic city, and discover its central role in European history.

  4. Day 4

    Visit the European Council for a talk on the role of the Council within the EU, followed by a Q&A session.

    Free time in the spectacular Grand-Place, one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Europe.  Make sure you try a Belgian waffle before you leave!

    Return journey home.

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Accommodation

We use safe and secure accommodation especially suited to schools. Our accommodation is usually 2* or youth hostel standard and provides a perfect base for enjoying your tour. All accommodation we use is audited, and our auditing regime is verified by independent experts.


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Brussels Politics and Citizenship

from £325pp

Based on 4 days