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Amazing Animal Encounters on a School Trip to Costa Rica

Posted by Julie on Apr 19, 2017 5:09:40 PM


While Costa Rica may be teeming with wildlife, many of Costa Rica’s most popular animal inhabitants prefer to stay hidden within the rainforests.


Finding ways to encounter these animals for a hands-on learning experience will enhance any biology, ecology, or conservation curriculum.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

How to Plan a Student Trip That is Meaningful and Realistic

Posted by Julie on Apr 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM


Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.


Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.



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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

Surviving Airport Security with Your School Group

Posted by Julie on Apr 14, 2017 11:31:09 AM


Leading an educational tour provides an opportunity to teach all types of lessons and 
 “how-tos,"  including how to get through airport security efficiently.


Preparing your student travelers before heading to the airport will give them the practical knowledge they need to have a more enjoyable experience during a not-so-enjoyable part of air travel.

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Planning Field Trip Groups that Chaperones Can Live With

Posted by Julie on Apr 6, 2017 8:09:52 PM


The old adage, “You’re only as good as the company you keep,” is certainly true when you’re chaperoning a field trip.


Planning chaperone groups in a thoughtful and intentional way will help everyone make the most of the educational experience. There are a few ways to help make that happen.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

The Cost of a School Trip to Costa Rica

Posted by Julie on Mar 28, 2017 2:11:05 PM


Costa Rica has become a popular destination for student travel because of its ability to offer a balance of meaningful experiences. From scientific field studies to cultural emersion and canopy adventures, this Central American country offers teachers the chance to give students an authentic, hands-on learning adventure.


Offering students an educational trip also means asking families to pay for it, which requires thoughtful consideration of expenses. Here is a breakdown of the cost of a school trip to Costa Rica for anyone considering leading a student tour.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

7 Ways a Coffee Tour Teaches STEAM on a Student Trip to Costa Rica

Posted by Julie on Mar 1, 2017 11:39:09 AM

An educational trip to Costa Rica gives students and teachers the chance to learn in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. However, it’s not just the rainforests and nature reserves that offer the chance to explore STEAM topics.


On a coffee plantation tour, you can steep yourself in learning about the intricacies of agriculture, manufacturing, and economics in Central America.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

Exceed Curriculum Standards With Your Student Trip

Posted by Julie on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most teachers love being in the classroom and watching our hours of lesson planning come to life. But the most meaninful teaching moments for me have been outside of the classroom walls, usually on school trips.


While I know how meaningful these experiences are for the kids, I have to prove the value of the trip in order to take my students to Washington, D.C. each year.


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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel

How School Trips Support the Emotional Growth of Teens

Posted by Julie on Jan 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Many teachers refer to students as “my kids” because of the heart and soul that goes into helping them grow inside and outside of the classroom.


We hear this a lot when we're on student tours with teachers who want to provide new experiences for "their kids." They realize that student travel is different from a family vacation because it offers new opportunities for social and emotional growth.


Sometimes parents have to find a level of comfort with a child’s newly-found independence or school administration may not realize the full range of benefits these experiences provide. Here are a few ways to explain how educational travel helps students grow during their tween and teen years.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

5 Amazing Experiences You Can Easily Add to a Trip to D.C.

Posted by Julie on Dec 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM


A class trip to Washington, D.C. is a great starting point for an educational experience of a lifetime. Going beyond the city to add another stop to your itinerary can offer new opportunities without adding much travel time. Deepen your curricular connections, add science and technology experiences, or simply have a day of fun with these great add-on cities.


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Topics: Affordable Student Travel

Must-Make Reservations For Popular D.C. Sights

Posted by Julie on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A trip to Washington, D.C. offers the chance to learn from renowned museums, impressive memorials, and historic sights. Unfortunately, without advanced reservations, you will either miss out or wait in lines for hours at the entrance.

Here is a list of the most popular sights in D.C. that take advanced reservations so you can make the most of your touring time. 
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