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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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Think Outside the Box (of Chocolates): 5 School Trip Fundraiser Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

Student travel has many benefits, but is also a big investment. Many school and community groups undertake a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. Whether you're just starting to consider a student trip, or you've already started crafting a custom itinerary with your dedicated Tour Consultant, we've rounded up some of our favorite fundraising ideas to help you on your way!

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Discovering New Cultures — No Passport Required

Written by Brightspark Travel

Though we’ve been known to tout the benefits of international student travel (check out our international e-book and lessons from an employee’s time abroad), we believe that perspective-shifting experiences can be obtained through domestic student travel as well. Given the sheer size of the United States and the diversity of its people, domestic travel provides students with ample opportunities to discover new cultures, lifestyles and more.

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High School Choir Gains New Perspectives While Traveling Abroad

Written by Brightspark Travel

David, a choral director from Iowa, traveled overseas with his choir students for an educational performance tour of a lifetime. The choir took an eight-day trip visiting Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. Read more about their experience!

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Expand Worldviews With International Tours

Written by Brightspark Travel

Other than its association with a certain less-than-cultured magazine, the term cosmopolitan has always been viewed in a positive light. Familiarity with countries and cultures other than one’s own makes for a dynamic, empathetic and knowledgeable individual. So why is it that less than 50% of Americans have stepped foot outside of the old U.S. of A.?

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Student Reflects on the Lasting Impact of Performance Tours

Written by Brightspark Travel

In 2006, Sam Pirruccello and his high school choir group traveled to Great Britain for an international performance tour. Nearly 10 years later he reflects on his choir trip.

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FLOTUS knows the benefits to student travel, do you?

Written by Brightspark Travel

What can parents give their child that inspires independence, begets bravery, creates compassion, and generates endless opportunity?

According to First Lady Michelle Obama, the answer is: Travel!

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