Creating Wikitravel content can be an extremely useful and satisfying project for students -- both adults and teens. Contributing to Wikitravel exercises students' language and writing skills, photography and illustration, knowledge of history, geography, and business, as well as less traditional skills like collaboration and community development. Students also get the satisfaction of knowing that their work will be a real reference for others for years to come.
From Wikitravel's perspective, we benefit from the work and local knowledge that students can provide. In addition, some students may catch the wiki bug and continue to contribute after their assignment is complete. Finally, students of English as a foreign language can provide valuable translation services between language versions.
Because editing takes place quickly (sometimes within minutes!) it may be better if students can first create their contributions off of the main pages, utilizing talk pages or their user page as places to create their drafts
Have your class/students look at other pages to get an idea of what depth of information is considered appropriate. Consider printing up an example so that students can refer to it while they are using their computers
If you ask students to work outside of class, put the pages that they are working on your watchlist
Oftentimes, student computer skills, especially when working in a non-native language, may not be what you expect, so printing out the wiki markup page and stepping students through it may be required
Be on the lookout for students utilizing copyrighted works
Do not use Wikitravel as a project that starts from zero with each new term. While it is possible to simply delete a page and start over, the principle of Wikitravel is that it is the culmulative collection of information
The goal is for each section of an article to have 5-10 entries, so don't overload sections with entries
Get the students to put themselves in the place of a traveller. What information would a traveller like to know?
If the idea of creating an article from scratch is too daunting, or if something is already there, consider these suggestions to help Wikitravel