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Thanksgiving Family Recipe, From the Brightspark Family to Yours

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Our very own Hotel Coordinator, Carrie LaVigne, shares her special family Thanksgiving recipe: The Dowse Family Cranberry Recipe

This recipe has been passed down from generations of Irish and English families spread throughout the New England states. 

Following this recipe will not only give you delicious cranberries for your family gathering, it will also provide a fun history lesson of the American Revolutionary War!

Wishing you a warm and wholesome Thanksgiving season.

The Brightspark Team

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Brightspark Summer Travels

Written by Brightspark Travel

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
– Anonymous – 

At Brightspark Travel, we believe there is nothing more rewarding then creating global citizens by impacting a student's life and opening their eyes to new horizons. Educational travel fosters independent learning, expands world views, increases a student's likelihood of going to college and inspires career choices.

Brightspark employees are always eager to travel to exciting domestic and international destinations. Traveling is embedded in our souls, so when school is out for the summer, our team can be found exploring the world! Check out a few highlights from the places our employee's have traveled so far or destinations they are looking forward to visiting.

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Winners Revealed: 2017 Student Photo Contest

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Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 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 in our student contest and group leader/chaperone contest. This year, like every year, we received a ton of outstanding tour photos taken by talented students, group leaders and chaperones. We’re sure you’ll enjoy checking out the winners of both contests!

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Brittany Konfara

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Rank

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“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 Brightspark Travel

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

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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 Brightspark Travel

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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Winners Revealed: 2016 Group Leader Photo Contest

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Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Group Leader 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 teachers and chaperones, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Josh Bruman

Written by Brightspark Travel

Meet Josh, a Brightspark Tour Consultant and Tae Kwon Do black belt, who is just as enthusiastic about traveling as he is about camping and sports. He is always excited to get his hands on a nice juicy steak and his favorite super hero is Professor-X from the X-Men. Josh has been with Brightspark for nine years now and has taken student groups to over 20 different destinations including Washington, D.C., Louisville, and the Bahamas.

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