Established in 1989, Galina initially focused upon battlefield tours for adult groups before expanding its portfolio to include school tours in the early 1990s. As former Heads of Department themselves, the original owners, Barry and Ian Matthews, appreciated the importance of the recognising the educational culture within which schools operated. As a result, Galina's approach has always been that the content of a study tour had to meet the requirements of teachers, be directly relevant to the curriculum if it was to provide students with a worthwhile learning experience, offer real value for money and be enjoyable for all those involved.
In June 2019, Galina International Study Tours became part of the Next Generation Travel group comprised of specialist school travel companies catering to the educational sector. We remain a company that takes pride in the level of personal service that we can provide to teachers but now we have the added advantages of being able to utilise a wider pool of suppliers and greater buying power to keep prices reasonable which only a larger organisation can offer.
Whilst our values remain the same, our clients are already benefitting from new features we can now include. Our tours are now protected financially by an ABTA bond which replaces our Financial Failure Insurance and the addition of an ATOL Licence allows us to offer flights to selected destinations for the first time in Galina's history. We have also incorporated travel insurance as standard into our tour prices (although you can still opt out if you wish to use your school's own policy). The future offers you, as well as ourselves, new and exciting possibilities that we trust you will enjoy.
Curriculum Relevance is our Business
We have developed our tours by drawing on the subject specialisms of experienced teachers and examiners to produce a range of educational experiences appropriate and relevant to the learning requirements of students at each stage of their school career. Our team of Tour Administrators provide our clients with access to a wealth of knowledge & advice both in terms of tour logistics and curriculum content.
All our study tours can be tailored to your specific requirements. Whether it is for the purposes of completing an assignment for GCSE / A-Level or revision, as a KS3 curriculum enhancement activity or as a cross-curricular school experience, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a prompt, supportive and reliable service. Galina employ a wide range of teachers and examiners to ensure that our tours directly relate to the current National Curriculum and to the relevant GCSE / A-Level specifications.
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