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.
It’s not surprising that Washington, D.C. student tours are our most popular — after all, our nation’s capital offers historical, political and cultural lessons at every turn. We spend a lot of time exploring unique things to do in D.C., and we wanted to share our favorites. From tried and true favorites to off-the-beaten path gems, these sights are sure to leave you inspired.
At Brightspark Travel, many of our groups use fundraisers to help finance their student tours. We're constantly speaking to teachers, parents and fundraising experts about the latest innovations in fundraising — and we want to keep you in the loop.
Did you know that some of your school’s parents can double their fundraising donations without paying a cent more? Many large corporations participate in matching gift programs – that is, when employees donate to a fundraiser or charity, the company contributes the same amount (if not more).