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.
World famous Guido’s Orchestra is a Pop Orchestra: a classical orchestra and a pop band combined. This unique combination enables them to play almost any musical genre imaginable. Guido’s Orchestra builds a bridge between European cultural heritage and modern time pop influences. The Orchestra CEO is Guido, who is also solo violinist, conductor and composer. The vocals of the Orchestra are represented by Guido’s wife, soprano Wendy. 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.
Students learn about the Art of the Cigar from owner and CEO Mr. Reza Valibalouch. Like with all of our trainers and guest speakers, you will enjoy the passion that Mr. Valibalouch has for his products. Students enjoy learning from him, and together with Mr. Valibalouch, many students try one of the many excellent Cuban cigars that are displayed in the store. Of course, you don't need to smoke a cigar if you don't want to, but you will still need to learn the many aspects of cigar handling. 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.
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.
The International Butler Academy is proud that the Suit Academy is a key partner. A made to measure tailor in the heart of the beautiful city of Maastricht. Students learn about all the ins and outs of made to measure and bespoke clothing, as well as the etiquette involved in wearing high-quality fashion. Further details here.
One fun day, our students visit the historical city of Maastricht, where they spend the better part of the afternoon tasting some of the more extraordinary wines at Thiessen Wine. One of Thiessen's renowned sommeliers explains the history, taste, and heritage of these wonderful wines. Wines obviously cannot be learned from a book. The same day the students usually also enjoy a Cuban cigar at la Casa del Habano, also in Maastricht. Time permitting, dinner is enjoyed in Maastricht also. 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.