Field trips are important for many reasons. They increase student knowledge and understanding of a subject, they add realism to the topic of study and they provide an opportunity to develop and enhance a student's socialization skills. Our students go on a number of field trip excursions to receive valuable, on-site training in specialized areas. Field trips enable the instructors to expand learning beyond the walls of the classroom into the vast community outside. Besides the obvious educational value, the field trips are also a welcome break from our highly intensive training schedule. A number of professional guest instructors are also part of the training program. Please see below.
Our field trips provide our students with experiences that cannot be duplicated in a classroom environment but are nonetheless an integral part of The Academy's instruction. All costs are of course included in the tuition fee. Students may also visit a number of private homes where the resident butler informs our students of the inner workings of a multi-million-dollar home. Field trips are regular training classes and are considered a vital part of the overall curriculum. Field trips may include, but are not limited to:
This is one amazing field trip. We travel to the Champagne region in France and visit the Veuve Clicquot Estate. Not only do we tour the estate and the cellars, we taste the various wines and beautiful champagnes. We also enjoy a marvelous and luxurious meal at this estate. After a full day, we spend the night in Reims. Further details here.
Students of The International Butler Academy spend a very interesting and worthwhile day with Van Berkel staff and with police force specialists (Special Forces) about safety driving, security risks, and crime prevention. Part of this training is knowledge about armored cars, not only theory, but, for those who wish, also actually driving such a special car. Further details here.
Haute Couture Designer Christian Lagerwaard spends the better part of a day with our students to teach them about fashion, a great privilege for us as well as for the students. At the age of 20 Christian won the prestigious 'Prix Guy Laroche' during the "Concours de Couture" which was held for talented young designers in the Netherlands (1985). Instantly, Christian was personally invited by Guy Laroche to come to Paris, where he would be introduced to the world of High Fashion. Further details here.
This extraordinary field trip takes students to the beautiful Schloss Hochdorf in Germany where the Laura Chavin company headquarters is located. Students tour the property but more importantly receive a full day Master Class in Cigars. Students spend the night there and return to The Academy the following day. Further details here.
Of course a tour of Chateau St. Gerlach is included but the real reason our students visit this magnificent estate is to learn about coffee and cocktail making. The professional staff of Chateau St. Gerlach is pleased to teach our students these two important lessons. Further details here.
Depending on the schedule, our students receive a rare opportunity to visit the Villeroy & Boch factories in either Germany or Luxembourg. With dinner at the Villeroy & Boch castle, home of the family, this is a remarkable field trip. The visit to Mettlach will be a very special kind of journey of discovery. Further details here.
No shortcuts are taken in the creation of their shoes. They are the result of a long and well-considered process. Greve shoes are made according to a tradition reaching back to the year 1898. Our students visit the this location where these hand-made shoes are produced and where the memories of a rich history are preserved. Further details here.
The field trip to Tinello is not only a great opportunity to visit their extraordinary showrooms but also an opportunity to learn first hand what is involved when choosing and building a customized kitchen and interior. You will learn from the experts. The International Butler Academy is proud of its affiliation with Tinello. Further details here.
Students of The International Butler Academy visit the old Reypenaer warehouse and are taught about fine cheeses by Mr. Ron Pieters, the Cheese Tasting Master. Of course an extensive tasting is part of the program. The tasting is quite unusual bacuase Mr. Pieters pairs cheese with Whyskey and not with Wine. Further details here.
At The Amstel we receive a rare look at the "inside" of the hotel with the staff and management explaining the various services offered to the guests, and what is required to satisfy the demands of the discerning and sometimes very demanding guests. The original 111 rooms were converted in 1992 to create 79 larger suites and executive rooms. Further details here.
The International Butler Academy is proud that Laurastar is a key partner. Because of this partnership we offer our students the possibility to work with the entire line of fine products Laurastar offers. Our students are of course trained in the usage of the equipment. Further details here.
Guest instructors are much appreciated lecturers of The International Butler Academy. Some represent companies, or specialized services, while other are working butlers. The working butlers, all placed in their current position by our own recruitment division, are not listed below. They provide our students with vital, to the point and accurate information of the life "above" and "below stairs". Further details here.