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Christine Frisch

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12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

Written by Christine Frisch

Let’s face it, school group trips are unlike all others. The day must be full and the itinerary must be educational. Finding the perfect travel company for your group is not always easy. Use these questions as a guide to help you choose a company that's best suited for your student tour.

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School Fundraising: Collecting, Tracking & Managing Funds

Written by Christine Frisch

Collecting, managing and tracking funds can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the fundraising process. It can however, come with problems. With misplaced cash, returned checks and multiple individuals handling donations, manual tracking systems make it difficult to ensure accuracy. In the digital era, computer-like precision is expected and necessary — especially with increasingly complicated fundraising methods. That being said, we recommend utilizing the following online tools.

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10 Presidents Who Changed America From Washington, D.C.

Written by Christine Frisch

Heading to Washington, D.C.? Make sure your students learn about some of our country’s most influential leaders before they travel. From their greatest accomplishments to where to find information about them in Washington, D.C., we compiled need-to-know information about a few of our nation’s leaders.

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10 Great Cities to Tour With Your Students

Written by Christine Frisch

There are endless options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. That’s why we’d like to share with you some of our favorite student tour destinations. Keep reading to see our top 10 list of travel destinations for you and your students!

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Brittany Konfara

Written by Christine Frisch

Meet Brittany. Brittany is a Tour Associate at Brightspark Travel and is passionate about student travel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Brittany to learn about what she looks forward to each morning. To learn about her experience, continue reading!

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4 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early [Infographic]

Written by Christine Frisch

You’ve decided to book an educational or performance tour for your students. Congratulations! You're one step closer to giving your students one of the best learning experiences, and memories that they will cherish for life.

From exploring the history of Washington, D.C., to performing new dance moves with a professional Broadway choreographer, student tours are all about getting interactive, hands-on, and experiential — all while having tons of fun. Read these four important reasons why you should book your tour early.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Rank

Written by Christine Frisch

“Since my first trip abroad, my career path has been to help people see the world and connect with others.”

Brightspark Travel’s Tour Consultant Stephanie Rank shines with her enthusiasm and passion for educational travel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Stephanie to learn about her journey and interests, and what she looks forward to each morning. To learn about her experience, continue reading!

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How Student Tours Work: Planning and Executing

Written by Christine Frisch

Student travel shouldn’t be a headache for teachers and directors. That’s why Brightspark Travel manages every trip’s itinerary, transportation, accommodations, tour guides, registration, and more. To ensure an even smoother experience, use this blog post as a guide to help you keep the tour-planning process on track.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Maggie Vnuk

Written by Christine Frisch

Meet Maggie Vnuk, the event coordinator at Brightspark Travel and inspiring history buff, who is just as enthusiastic about traveling as she is about music and theatre. She is responsible for building and managing all of the company’s events.

Maggie recently shared with us what it’s like to be in her shoes at Brightspark and we are excited to highlight her insight. To learn more about Maggie, keep reading!

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Winners Revealed: 2016 Student Photo Contest

Written by Christine Frisch

Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Student Photo Contest. Winners were chosen by a panel of Brightspark elected judges and voted upon by the entire Brightspark Travel staff for the top three favorite photos. This year, like every year, we received several outstanding tour photos taken by talented students, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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