Rachel Hart
Rachel Hart
Excellent organisation - our students had a brilliant week in Granada
My daughter had a fabulous time on a Blue Stamp Travel work experience holiday in Valencia. It was well planned and safe, with a person on hand through the week for any difficulties, as well as allowing them a lot of independence and free time. She got so much out of it. The work experience was well tailored to her study choices, and I think that was true of all the group. She loved every minute. The personal service was outstanding. My daughter had an accident before she went and I had several conversations with the owner Steve about whether the trip was still appropriate. He also rang me to discuss activities that were planned and whether or not she could do them and what the alternatives were ahead of time. He went above and beyond to make sure we were reassured. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company and the holiday.
Natalie Campbell
Natalie Campbell
What a great travel company for schools! Nothing is too much trouble and they are always quick to respond. We had a delayed tram on a day trip and when we contacted Blue Stamp Travel they replied in minutes. Communication while we were away was excellent and staff are fab!
In the summer of 2023, I went on a work experience trip to Hamburg with a group of around 10 other students and 2 group leaders, which was organised/run by Blue Stamp travel. It was an amazing experience that I highly recommend. The first week consisted of language school at the Colon Sprachschule, which was a great way for me to learn German in a teaching style that I had never experienced at GCSE level. Then I had a work placement at Roncalli Cafe in central Hamburg, which again was an amazing experience - Timur and all the waiters were really friendly. Our group leaders Ali and Ben were also amazing and organised loads of activities, such as day trips to nearby Luneberg and Lubeck, as well as group trips in Hamburg. Although going away for such a long time might be daunting at first, you quickly get to know everyone around you and the time flies due to enjoyment you are having. Thank you Steve for organising everything, and I really recommend the trip to anyone hoping to improve their language skills and meet new people.
Daria Stanishevska
Daria Stanishevska
Amazing opportunity to explore the city, improve language skills and gain work experience!
Annika B
Annika B
This trip was really good for my language skills and very fun!!! I would definitely recommend.
Louis Ashton-Gully
Louis Ashton-Gully
Had an incredible month long trip to Valencia, with one week at school and three at work. Our group leaders were extremely helpful and were happy to aid us in any problems that we had. Although we had lots of freedom to see the city and do what we want, we had group activities as well to check up on us, and provide a fun way to see even more of the city.
Jo Porte
Jo Porte
My daughter has just come back from Hamburg on the Turing Scheme. The organisation and quality of accommodation, language school, and work placement was exceptional. A very valuable experience for teenagers interested in languages, but also for gaining general confidence and independence. The staff at Blue Stamp travel were fantastic with their pre-trip organisation, and the staff in Hamburg very friendly and approachable (but still managed to herd a gang of teenagers effectively). Thanks all!

From Students

Blue Stamp Travel made my work experience possible, even with Covid. The host family they selected were amazing. The restaurant was perfect for my learning in both Spanish and my understanding of work. I’m very grateful for this experience they provided.

Joe Purcell

Valencia, Internship, July 2021

My stay in Montpellier last year was without a doubt the highlight of my year. The language lessons were the perfect standard to push my French to the next level, with really friendly and engaging teachers. During my time I made amazing friends from all over the world and got to explore the beautiful city of Montpellier after classes. My host family was so kind and welcoming, and my definitely improved from having to speak French in a casual setting! By the end of my trip I was so sad to leave, but it played a huge role in inspiring me to apply for French at university. 

I am so grateful to Blue Stamp, who were very helpful and ensured everything ran smoothly – I only wish I could have stayed for the whole summer! 

Rosie Neaman

Montpellier, Intensive Language Course 2019

I have been immensely impressed the professionalism of Blue Stamp throughout the booking process and whilst travelling. The admin has been super efficient. The office systems have worked without any glitches and we had the re-assurance that knowing that helpful, staff were only a phone call away.

They were available on the telephone throughout the weekend, liaising with the team at the Spanish language school and they thoughtfully arranged for our daughter to be taken to the airport early,  with a member of staff, to ease any possible issues around check-in after. The staff member stayed with our daughter until the last possible moment and provided such helpful re-assurance throughout the whole process. The entire team were brilliant.

Julie Langley, Mother of Alicia

Benalmadena, Summer Camp, August 2020

I had a really good stay in Paris.  The language school was excellent and my host family were very accommodating and friendly.  Most importantly, I feel my French speaking and listening skills in particular have really benefited. Thank you.
Sam Boardwell

Paris, Intensive Language Course, August 2020

I recently went on your work experience trip to Lille and I had the best time, I loved every minute of it! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

I am just writing to ask if its possible for you to send me some leaflets or something that I can give to my school to encourage other language students to make the most of this opportunity. I found this work experience independently and I think if it were talked about in school, more students would be interested. If its possible it would be great!

Louis Brettkelly

Lille, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

I just want to say thank you for everything you have done sorting out and organising work experience for Bella and I. We had an amazing time both at school, work and at the host family apartment. I would definitely recommend this to others and I have no doubt that I will return in the near future. 

Lucas Avatar Barnett

Valencia, Work and Study, July 2019

I really enjoyed and benefitted from my time at the Tryp hotel last week. Alex and Candice (Blue Stamp Group Leaders) were brilliant. I will recommend this trip to others!
Thank you so much!
Tom Fearn

Dortmund, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

From Parents

Juliet had a great experience. The teachers in the school were lovely and welcoming, and she enjoyed her lessons. She also enjoyed the vet placement, and was telling us each day about some other animal that had come in for treatment.

Her Spanish confidence certainly improved and she was our translator whilst we were out with her. Thanks so much for running this. It’s been a very good trip and you’ve organised it very well. We would definitely recommend your company to others.

Alan Gentle, Father of Juliet

Valencia, Work and Study, June 2022

Just a quick note to say that Remy had a totally fantastic time in Paris last week. He’s learned so much – in all ways – and really enjoyed the experience. We’ll be back in touch for another trip in the summer. Huge thanks for all your help!

Nell Butler, Mother of Remy Rushbrooke

Paris, Work and Study, March/April 2022

I wanted to reach out now that Joe is home and thank you again for going above and beyond to make his trip a success against all odds. He is already talking about next summer and trying to convince his friends to go as well. There’s no better review than that! 

Greg Purcell, Father of Joe Purcell

Valencia, Internship, July 2021

Tom has returned from France having had a really enjoyable trip. He seems slightly older and wiser. We have written to the host family and wanted to pass on our thanks to Jemima, who went above and beyond in her role as Group Leader.

I will have no hesitation in recommending your organisation to fellow parents.

Gill Drake, Mother of Tom Drake

Lille, Work Experience Abroad, February 2020

I just want to say thank-you for the Blue Stamp trip to Dortmund that Rebecca went on last month. She really enjoyed the experience and learned so much while working at the pet store and finding her way around a foreign city. She was very proud of her final certificate and, indeed, so were we! I’m sure it will be something that will stand her in good stead in application processes in the future. I really commend you for the efficient way in which the trip was organised and the excellent communications provided at each stage of the trip.

Fiona Herron, Mother of Rebecca

Dortmund, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

I just wanted to message you to let you know Madgey had an amazing experience in Nice. She learnt so much and enjoyed her time with her host family. She didn’t meet up in the evenings with the other students she chose to spend her time chatting and playing board games with her host family. They made her feel very welcome and she got the most out of her time in France learning the language. She did make lots of friends at the school too and enjoyed her lessons. She has said she may want to return next year if she can stay with the same family. I will contact you nearer the time to see if this is an option. Thank you for all your help and support organising this trip.

Jenny Thomson, Mother of Madeleine

Nice, Intensive Language Course, April 2019

As a family, we tend to travel to Spain at least once a year but always away from the tourist hot spots. Valencia is a city that we have not been to as yet and Anisha loved it out there so much that she is trying to plan a long weekend trip to go and see her “Spanish mum” and her co-workers at the bakery.

On my part, I have to say it’s been a real pleasure dealing with Blue Stamp Travel. You always replied to my emails, even on a weekend! You always picked up your phone or called me back and when we did have a small hiccup, you were all over it and sorted it out very quickly. Thank you for making this whole process effortless for me.

Vimal Patel, Father of Anisha

Zaragoza, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

Just to let you know that Elizabeth had a fantastic time in Lille, with her host family, at the restaurant and with some new friends!

Yesterday evening she came home from her first day back at school and, having had her regular conversational lesson with a language assistant, told us that she’d had a great lesson, much easier and more fluent than ever before. The trip worked really well on every front.

John Bratton, Father of Elizabeth

Lille, Work Experience Abroad, October 2019

I just wanted to write to say thank you for organising such a fantastic week away for our daughter, Ella. She has really enjoyed the trip to Lille and made so many new friends. The whole experience presented her with so many new challenges and situations, all of which she coped with very well. She has been describing the various parts of the week with such enthusiasm – the lovely, kind and welcoming host family, the work experiences, the travel, the group events and all the people involved with the group.

She went away a week ago as the less confident twin. She has come back full of confidence and the realisation that she can actually do things (in a foreign country) without her twin sister! We were happy in the knowledge that there was an organisation there to back her in case things did go wrong, but nothing seemed to phase her at all. 

Anne Thomas, Mother of Ella

Lille, Work Experience Abroad, October 2019

I would like to thank you and the team at Blue Stamp. My daughter Farah had a great experience in Santiago de Compostela.Very well organised and with just the right amount of supervision. The work placement was great and the host employer was very friendly.

Again many thanks to you and the team for a very positive experience.

Soumia Rachidi, Mother of Farah

Santiago de Compostella, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

We spoke last week and I wanted to just put in writing my thanks for making our daughter, Mollie’s, work experience trip to Spain such a success. 

Mollie had a fantastic time in Zaragoza working in a nursery and loved every minute of her week there.  It has given her really valuable experience of speaking Spanish in an everyday work setting, rather than just on holiday, helped her to find lots of new, like-minded friends and given her a real taste of independence.

Your company was highly recommended to us and we were really impressed by your friendly, organised and approachable style.  Everything worked to plan without excessive communications.  We would definitely recommend your company to others who are looking for work experience abroad and we will be passing on that recommendation to Mollie’s school when she restarts in September.

David Marsh, Father of Mollie

Zaragoza, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

I just wanted to express our thanks for arranging a week that was thoroughly enjoyed by Will – he loved his work placement at Club Camm, enjoyed the company of the group he travelled with and José (Blue Stamp Group Leader)  was apparently fantastic throughout. Will really felt his Spanish improved during the week.
Thank you, we will be recommending Blue Stamp to others!
Ros Magnusson, Father of Will

Zaragoza, Work Experience Abroad, July 2019

Charlotte back from Valencia last Friday and all was well.  She did seem to enjoy her experience and was definitely glad she had done it (said she wished she’d done the two week course!).  She was pushed outside her comfort zone at times, which was to be expected and which was one of our reasons for encouraging her to do it.  It definitely helped her confidence and independence. As she commented, she was doing things she’s never even done on her own in this country, such as negotiating the metro etc.

Regarding the lessons, she enjoyed theses and we were glad she was moved up a level as the higher class was much more suited to her ability; thank you for sorting that out.

Shirley Williams, Mother of Charlotte

Valencia, Intensive Language Course, August 2019

A really belated thank you for a wonderful work experience trip to Valencia. My son travelled with Pates Grammar School and had a wonderful time.
He absolutely loved his host family (they’re keeping in touch) and the workplace he was placed with.
Your communication was professional and reassuring especially with the added fun of a World pandemic –  honestly – brilliant!
Thank you for a superb experience!
Sarah Horton, Mother of Isaac

Valencia, Work Experience Abroad - Tailor Made School Trip, February 2022

From Teachers

I have greatly enjoyed being a part of this journey with the students, as I am sure the other members of staff have as well. One thing I must say is that the group leader, Teresa, was absolutely fantastic and is a great asset to your team. She was caring, patient, kind and a true friend to all the students and staff. She went out of her way to make us all feel at home and helped us with so many things, that I would not know where to start to tell you all about them. The trip would have been a lesser experience without her. She made everything fun and always had a smile for everyone. We cannot praise her highly enough!

Mags Doyle

Florence, Vocational Internships Trip, February 2022

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