Take Your Students Abroad with Paideia
The Paideia Institute works with high school teachers to design high-quality educational tours in Italy and Greece over spring or summer break. Paideia specializes in helping teachers of Latin and Greek design trips that teach classical language, literature and history in context by turning the ancient city into a classroom. Since Paideia is staffed by trained classicists with a passion for teaching the ancient world in situ, teachers can be sure their trip will be a meaningful academic experience.
Paideia handles all aspects of planning and organization so teachers can concentrate on teaching and enjoying their time with students. Available support includes reservations of flights, hotels and ground transportation, museum and site entrances, classroom rental, chaperoning, expert guiding, food, cell phones, and travel insurance.
Curriculum Design, Guiding, and Teaching Assistance
What makes Paideia Classical Tours unique is the care we take in designing itineraries that integrate history, language, and literature with the sites we visit. Paideia staff works with teachers to ensure that their itinerary is closely integrated with their curriculum and their individual interests. This includes the development of readings and activities that pair ancient literature with ancient sites. Our goal is to give your students unforgettable experiences that make them fall in love with the ancient world and the classical tradition.
Earn Scholarships for Professional Development
Teachers who use Paideia classical tours are eligible for scholarships to Paideia's independent programs and other programs at partner organizations through our Incentive Program.
"What do you get when you combine bright, energetic tour guides who bring the ancient world to life, insider knowledge of the best sites, museums, and restaurants in Italy and Greece, and an organization made up of people who are on fire with a passion for making the classics accessible to and enjoyable for all? A Paideia Classical Tour! Our guides' enthusiasm was contagious in everything we read, discussed, and saw in situ, and their knowledge of Rome and facility with Italian allowed the chaperones to enjoy every minute with our students. My group of eighth and ninth grade boys was utterly spellbound by everything we did on our nine-day tour, and they came back more excited than ever to return to their Latin classes and share what they had seen and learned with their classmates. With these students as ambassadors, this tour will probably turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to our Latin program. And what fun it was, too! I simply can't thank the incredible people at Paideia enough. They worked with me for months to tailor-make our tour to fit our needs and were accessible the entire time we were there, making sure everything went smoothly behind the scenes. Don't hesitate to tour with them if you can! They're proving that Latin is more than just alive and well-- it is more relevant to our students than ever."
Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville TN
"This trip was above and beyond anything we had expected. I was deeply impressed by every aspect of our stay. Paideia's passion, knowledge, and care created an unparalleled experience for our students. Many of the students called the tour a life-changing event. The sites, the readings, the art, the food were the facets of a true gem of a school trip. In my opinion, however, the most important impression for our students was actually meeting the young, talented, and accomplished people of Paideia. The TAs were true role models for these kids. Thank you once again for changing their lives in the most magical way!"
Hastings High School, New York NY
"The Paideia Institute knows how to do a student trip. I’ve taken many trips with my students. Never have I taken one marked by such grace, good humor, and savvy as I did this past spring with Paideia. Their staff was completely in charge, but unfailingly flexible and genuine. And, this on top of an encyclopedic knowledge of Rome’s language, culture, and history! I learned a great deal, while at the same time I felt respected – in my role as teacher and as Latinist. It was an invigorating trip that left me feeling relaxed. I’ve never enjoyed being in Italy with my students more. Take your students to see Rome with this wonderful company!"
Paideia has mastered experiential learning. The blend of studying and presence at sites made for a trip that changed all our lives, enriching them. Also, the itinerary was masterful, including delicious meals featuring regional food, intelligent lodging choices, and walking tours that felt like archetypal journeys of wisdom. Our trip to Rome, Florence, Pompeii + Herculaneum was superb!
Stanford Online High School, Stanford CA
"Paideia is the only organization I know of that offers tours of the classical world that go beyond simply sight-seeing. At the heart of their program is substantive, rigorous learning. Our trip was crafted specifically around our school’s program and our students’ own interests to make the greatest impact upon them both academically and personally. Students left feeling that they had built a meaningful connection with both the modern and ancient cultures they encountered."
The Westtown School, Westtown PA
"Our experience in Rome with the Paideia Institute was an educational and logistical dream! We mean no hyperbole. The Paideia staff who worked closely with us throughout our trip - from the planning in the US to our departure from Italy - demonstrated a pervasive professionalism and a fluent knowledge of Italian language and culture, both modern and ancient. Our Teaching Assistant implemented each day's activities with alacrity and scholarship. He got to know each of our 14 students - a group with varied passions and perspectives - and each of them learned so much from his dynamism, leadership and expertise. The Paideia Institute prioritizes and achieves a high level of student (and teacher) intellectual engagement no matter the spectrum of interests, depth of knowledge of the Classics, or the dynamics of the group itself."
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg PA
"We run a statewide JCL trip to Italy every other year and have used multiple companies on previous trips. Paideia was the first company that "got us" from day one. We greatly enjoyed our trip with our teaching assistant who made all the copies for the site visits and prepped the Latin texts that went along with those sites. This was our first guide who was an expert in the Classical sites and could also put them in their modern context. The housing and meals were among the best we've ever had on our trips. The fact that students could order their main course from the menu was a huge success and resulted in getting to try new foods. The "price is the price" policy was also a breath of fresh air and we greatly appreciated not needing to collect extra money for tips, etc. If you're a group of Classical scholars (or any group with specific Classical interests), Paideia knows how to meet your needs without breaking your budget. You'll love the experience!"
Indiana Junior Classical League Co-Chair
"Paideia Classical Tours gave my students an experience that could not have been possible with a traditional student tour company. Having knowledgable guides take us to unique locations made for an unforgettable trip. We will definitely be using them again."
Detroit Catholic High School
"Paideia is the perfect company for classics teachers and professors who want to travel with students. Just being around Jason and Eric and the TA's is electrifying. They all love the classics and that energy is so palpable that students pick up on it too. My kids never complained about the readings that accompanied each site, and they even spent one lunch trying to communicate in Latin. The days were packed, but there was always free time around lunch for the kids to explore a little on their own, and at the end of the day everyone tumbled gratefully into bed.
The accommodations were clean and central, and the food was way ahead of anything I have experienced with other travel groups, though the price of the trip was actually lower than quotes from other student travel companies. We all appreciated being able to choose off the menu instead of being presented with generic pasta or pizza night after night. I also liked that we either walked or used public transportation whenever possible. That is by far the best way to learn a new city. I will never travel with any other group again, and I am happily planning next year's trip already. Paideia is the best!"