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!
If you’ve experienced student travel, you know that it has a significant impact on kids. But did you know that some of the benefits stay with students throughout their lives? By adding a hands-on element to lessons and introducing students to new places, the influence of educational tours can be long-lasting. Here are just a few examples of the long-term benefits:
This Teacher Appreciation Week, Brightspark Travel celebrated educators with a daily token of appreciation for some of the most inspired traveling teachers. To be a candidate for a daily surprise, teachers from across the country have shared with us why they love student travel.
Here are the top five winners of teacher quotes that inspired us the most!
There are multiple tactics that can be used to promote your tour and recruit students, but no matter which ones you use, one fact rings true: the earlier you start, the better. On average, groups who book over 12 months in advance to tour departures recruit twice as many students as groups who book within six months of tour departures. On top of starting early, here are our favorite ways to promote your tour, recruit students, and get them excited.
One of the very first clients that Brightspark started working with was an Illinois middle school that brought their 7th grade class to the state capital of Springfield. Scott is a retired social studies teacher who has led these tours for over thirty years. We caught up with him about what makes Springfield student tours so great for 7th graders.
Educational travel inevitably expands personal horizons, especially for those teens who are just beginning to venture beyond the confines of their own local community. If done well, it can be a transformational experience resulting in new perspectives on their world and what it means to be a global citizen. By traveling to a new country or even another region within the U.S., experiencing a new culture and customs, teens learn to appreciate that there are different ways of doing things.
Leslie is a sixth grade teacher who’s brought her students to participate in Disney Y.E.S. programs in Walt Disney World for the past 19 years. Some of the most recent programs she’s attended include Exploring Disney Animation History, Evolution of Technology, Properties of Motion Physics Lab, Everyday Chemistry and Backstage at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
This summer, local high school students will travel outside the state of Louisiana, most for the first time. Group Leader Amelia Sellers and the TRIO team at Southern University at New Orleans, will take qualified students to Chicago for a college tour. In honor of TRIO Day, Ms. Sellers shares about her upcoming TRIO plans.
Since 1976, every president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. This month is dedicated to researching, promoting and celebrating the achievements of black Americans. And while the achievements of African Americans and the modern civil rights movement should be celebrated every month of the year, February is a great month to focus on it in your classroom. Going on a student tour? Our top destinations provide plenty of opportunities to learn about black history; see some of our favorites here.
We’re all about student travel, but we also understand the value of teachers traveling by themselves. That’s why we’ve scoured the web for the best teacher travel discounts around. After all, summer vacation wouldn't be complete without carefree trips with friends and loved ones.