Health & Social Care Trips to Budapest
Budapest has a long association with health and therapy. The city's natural springs have been in use for their therapeutic properties since Roman times. The city is home to some pioneering and internationally acclaimed Health and Social Care institutions which your students can visit and observe.
A visit to the Peto Institute is top of the list where“Conductive Education” therapy was pioneered to help people of all ages with motor disorders. Other excursions include guided tours of the The Vadaskert Child Psychiatry Hospital as well as a children's home and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
Budapest is a beautiful and thought provoking destination in which to inspire and demonstrate practices in Health and Social care.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Transfer to UK airport and flight to Budapest||Arrive in Budapest & check into accommodation||Evening meal|
|2||Visit to the Peto Institute||Folklore Evening|
|3||Vadaskert Foundation visit||Local school visit||Evening meal|
|4||Guided walking tour of Budapest||Transfer to Budapest airport for flight back to the UK||Arrive in the UK & travel on to school|
|Morning||Transfer to UK airport and flight to Budapest|
|Afternoon||Arrive in Budapest & check into accommodation|
|Morning||Visit to the Peto Institute|
|Morning||Vadaskert Foundation visit|
|Afternoon||Local school visit|
|Morning||Guided walking tour of Budapest|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Budapest airport for flight back to the UK|
|Evening||Arrive in the UK & travel on to school|
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Reasons to Visit
Cseppko Children's Home
The visit to a children's home includes a presentation by the manager who will talk about the child care system in Hungary, which is based on the preference to place children at families rather than children’s homes. It will include a tour of the facilities of the home as well as a talk about the problem of juvenile refugees without parents.
Visit the pioneering Peto Institute in Budapest. The Institute is a world renowned centre for children with disabilites such as Cerebal Palsy. The method of 'Conductive Education' was pioneered here and has shown dramatic results in the improving mobility skill of the disabled. The visit consists of a film presentation, explanation of the Petö method as well as observing therapies being practiced.
The Alcohol-Drug Rehabilitation Institute of the Philanthropist Foundation is a place of care where alcohol, drug and gambling addicts can get therapy within a complex, long-term and residential system. This institute is the largest of its kind in the country offering health and social rehabilitation including alongside work therapy, extra-curricular training, "protected" employment, follow-up and evaluation. Rehabilitation takes place within the therapeutic community model.
The Vadaskert Foundation is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. Established in 1989, the Foundation for Children's Mental Health defined its goal as the establishment of a state-of-art model, which manages the medical, educational and social problems of psychologically ill children within one institution. In accordance with its original goal, the Foundation operates several interdependent units which focus on different mental health issues.
Danube Dinner Cruise
The Danube river both unites and divides Budapest and is where many of the cities sights are to be found all of them illuminated at night. A cruise along the Danube takes in many of these famous landmarks and includes dinner taken in the indoor restaurant (vegetarian meals must be pre-arranged).
Day Trip to the Danube Bend
A day trip to this area is a combination of cultural highlights and spectacular scenery. Starting with a visit to Esztergom, the cities former capital famous for the country’s largest Roman-catholic church, continuing to the ruins of Visegrád castle overlooking the famous Danube Bend. The final stop Szentendre, a picturesque artistic town by the riverside known for its innumerable churches and art galleries provides free time to wander the picturesque streets. Note: does not include entrance fees
Folklore evening with dinner, though not exactly a ‘typical Hungarian evening’, as it is often referred to, it’s sure to create a terrific atmosphere. Dinner is accompanied by a gypsy orchestra followed by a spectacular folk-dance show, performed by 2 pairs of dancers. Dances are taken from real Hungarian folklore, with some Gypsy inserts.
Godollo Castle Empress Elizabeth’s Summer Palace
Gödöllõ is the location of the Empress Elisabeth’s summer residence. The palace, built in the 1740s is a fine example of the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. A visits takes the students around the carefully reconstructed rooms where the style and architecture as well as the background stories are relayed by an informative guide.
Sightseeing Tour of Budapest
A half-a-day sight-seeing tour that takes in the major sites of the city, by coach due to the distance between them. Stops include the Heroes’ Square, the Castle Area, Gellért Hill, Fishermen’s Bastion and the Matthias church. The tour (3.5 hours) terminates in the main shopping area just in time for lunch. Entrance fees not included.
Budapest is Europe’s largest spa town and the 120 or so thermal springs that gush up from the Buda limestone bedrock have long inspired a culture of bathing. Many of the Baths around the city were built around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Ottoman and Art Nouveau styles respectively. The bathing habit has become very much a part of Budapest life, visits are possible to Gellért, Széchenyi, and Lukács to name only three.
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