Do you have your tickets? Passport? A plastic bag for your liquids? Travelling can be stressful at the best of times, so imagine looking after yourself as well as 15 Erasmus+ students – most of whom have never been abroad on their own before. The trick, as always, is preparation. Here, we answer nine of your most common questions about travelling to and from ADC College.
Where is ADC College?
We are based in north-west London, in the suburban borough of Harrow. The office building sits opposite Harrow & Wealdstone train station and central London can be reached within 15 minutes by fast train. We are also connected to the Underground and Overground network, so that you can easily move around. Our address is ADC College, 11-13 Masons Avenue, Harrow HA3 5AD, UK.
How do we decide on the dates of the project?
The dates will be negotiated with ADC College as soon as you receive funding. However, arrival always needs to be on a Sunday and departure on a Saturday.
Who will arrange the plane tickets?
This is the responsibility of your school. ADC College will look after you and your students once the Teacher Development and Work Experience Programmes begin, i.e. when you arrive in the UK. We recommend buying the tickets in advance, as the prices tend to rise closer to the time of departure.
What time should we arrive and depart?
Please choose comfortable arrival and departure times if you can. Arriving late at night (after 9.00 PM) or departing early in the morning (before 8.00 AM) will have an impact on our hosts, who are obliged to pick your students' up and drop them off at ADC College. Arriving late on the Sunday will also have an impact on your students' mood and energy during the important introduction on the Monday morning.
How much luggage should I bring?
That is up to you. But packing just what you need is usually a more comfortable way to travel.
Can I use Euros in the UK?
You can pay with Euros on the plane, but once you set foot on British soil you have to use the pound (Sterling). You can withdraw money from an ATM/cash machine upon arrival.
How do we make our way from the airport?
ADC College will arrange a taxi or bus to pick you and your students up at the airport. Look out for a person holding a sign with the name of your group. The vehicle will take you to ADC College, where your students' host families and a representative from ADC will be waiting. The procedure will be repeated once it's time to go home.
How do our students find their way to ADC College for the introduction on the Monday morning?
They will be instructed by their hosts on how to reach ADC College on the tube or bus. Oyster cards (i.e. travel tickets) will have been distributed by the ADC representative upon arrival.
How will our students find their way to their work placements?
During the introduction, we will debrief your group on how to use the tube map and Transport for London website. The students will also do a "test run", travelling from ADC to their respective placements, using detailed instructions prepared specifically for the Work Experience Programme. We also recommend instructing your students about the specifics of London commuting ahead of the project, for example through classroom activities and by providing them with this useful article.
How do I contact ADC College in case of an emergency?
During office hours, you can reach us on our office number, +44 20 8424 9424. We will also prepare you with an emergency number for out of office hours ahead of your departure.
ADC College organises Internship Programmes in London and Dublin, eligible for funding from Erasmus+. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.