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February 04, 2005

Parents Accompanying Kids on Study Trips

The second installment in the Daily Yomiuri's "In Pursuit of English" series yesterday looked at the growing number of parents taking their children overseas for study trips. The article told the story of one family whose mother and 7-year old daughter recently left to spend a month in Australia. The mother is a licensed English teachers who teaches at a primary school in Tokyo. According to a spokesperson for ALC press, the most popular destinations are Australia, which allows parents to accompany their children long-term on a guardian visa, and New Zealand. The publishing company has been running tours since 1998. Another company in the field is major eikaiwa school operator ECC, which has seen the number of participants increase by 30-40% every year.
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