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Marching Along the Civil Rights Trail in 3 days

Written by Brightspark Travel

On this day in 1963, many Civil Rights protests throughout the Southern US culminated in the March on Washington, where almost a quarter-million people joined together to peacefully protest discrimination and abuse on the basis of race. The event is most famous as the setting for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Earlier this year, Tour Consultant Kara joined students from New York City as they embarked on a Civil Rights tour. Follow along on her journey as we reflect on decades of activism, progress, and struggle.

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7 Days in France With Our Expert International Team

Written by Brightspark Travel

Our expert International Tour Consultants, Paula and Brian, recently joined a student tour headed to Paris & Normandy. Now, they're sharing their experiences so you can get a feel for a Brightspark Travel international student trip. 

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Paula has lived in Chicago for 10 years. An avid traveler — she has visited 27 countries and counting — her favorite destinations are France, Perú, and Iceland.

Originally from Southern California, Brian has been travelling internationally since he was 11 years old. His favorite places to visit are Costa Rica, France, and Thailand.

Follow along as you hear about their journey through France, learn about their favorite destinations, and even find out their favorite French snacks!

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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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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Matt Bartling

Written by Brightspark Travel

Editor's Note: Originally published on April 13, 2016, this blog post was updated with current information on August 2, 2019.

Matt Bartling is a business development manager at Brightspark Travel and is responsible for inspiring new groups to embark on student travel adventures.

We decided to sit down with Matt to learn a little bit more about what makes him tick. To learn more about Matt, keep reading!

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Mary Ugolini

Written by Brightspark Travel

Meet Mary. Mary is one of our Tour Consultant Managers. She leads the team known as the "Deerfield Dominators" which is named after her favorite superhero, her son Dominic. Her favorite movie is Top Gun and when she is not making dreams come true at Brightspark she is either gardening or noshing on her favorite food... Strawberries.  

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