COBIS Conference for Trips and Fieldwork Leadership

17-18 March 2017

Location: British School in The Netherlands, Voorschoten Campus.

Dates: 17th – 18th March 2017

Timings: 1500 Friday 17th – 1630 Saturday 18th March

CANCELLED - We regret that this conference will not be going ahead due to insufficient registrations.

This new conference is aimed at experienced and beginning trips leaders. This event offers a training weekend to refresh and energise experienced trips leaders and to impart skills and best practice to beginning trips leaders looking to lead effective and safe residential trips.

Target audience:

  • Fieldwork Leaders - HODs and Teachers of Biology and Geography
  • Educational Trips Leaders - HODs and Teachers of Art, Drama, English, MFL, Music, etc.
  • Sports Exchange Leaders - HODs and Teachers of PE and Sports Coaches
  • Cultural Trips Leaders - HODs and Teachers of Art, Drama and Music
  • Duke of Edinburgh, Round Square, Outward Bound and International Award Leaders
  • Educational Visits Coordinators

Delegate fees:

€250 for COBIS Member Schools; €300 for non-Member Schools. This includes attendance and catering during the event but does not include accommodation and transfers.


Friday 17 March

15.00-15.30 Registration and Coffee
15.30-15.50 Welcome
15.50-16.20 Shared Experiences Platform
16.30-17.20 Workshop Series 1

  • Risk Management in the Field
  • Student Care Plans, Health and Hygiene
  • Student Led Fundraising

17.30-18.00 Pre-dinner Drinks
18.00 Dinner
19.00-19.30 Keynote Speakers - Project Africa Team 2016 and 2017 (Year 12 student presentations on their experiences of fundraising, the trip and their paths of personal development and discovery)
20.00 Gouden Leeuwe Bar

Saturday 18 March

08.30-09.00 Breakfast at BSN
09.00-09.30 Trade Fair Stall Holders' Speed Dating Presentations
09.40-10.30 Workshop Series 2

  • Financial Management
  • How to Choose an Adventure Education Provider and a Worthy Charity
  • On the Road: Travelling with Students

10.30-11.50 Morning Tea and time to visit the exhibitions
11.00-11.50 Workshop Series 3

  • Managing Cultural Difference
  • Psychological Health Support
  • Communicating Stories

12.00-13.00 Lunch and time to visit the exhibitions
13.00-13.50 Workshop Series 4

  • Student Development and Management
  • Crisis Management
  • TBC [repeat of a popular choice]

14.00-14.50 Building Best Practice (Scenario Breakouts facilitated by experienced BSN Trips and Fieldwork Leaders)
15.00-15.30 Afternoon Tea and time to visit the exhibitions
15.30-16.00 Keynote Speaker 2: Inspirational talk on the benefits that travel can bring
16.00-16.30 Closing Words
16.30 Departure

Click here to view the conference flyer.

Recommended Accommodation: van der Valk Hotel Gouden Leeuwe, Voorschoten