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Webinar Alert: ACIS vs Budget Travel Companies

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Can you find a cheaper educational tour than one with ACIS? Yes. There, we said it. But there’s a reason for it: You really do get what you pay for.

Register for our webinar on Wednesday, August 27th from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET.

Our guest speakers leading the webinar are two teachers who have been there, done that, and won’t ever do it again. In other words, they traveled with a budget company, and have since made the switch to traveling with ACIS. 

Top 10 Travel Hacks & Apps

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Summer’s winding down, but that doesn’t mean travel plans aren’t heating up! We found the Top 10 Travel Hacks & Apps perfect for smooth travel sailing. Or flying. Or driving. However you're getting to your destination, use these hacks to take you from tourist to traveler.

Father and Daughter Teachers Team Up for Student Travel

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Mike Conn, a social studies teacher from Milton, PA, knows what to expect when traveling abroad with students.  A veteran teacher and group leader, Mike has been traveling abroad with ACIS for more than ten years – with trips ranging from the mid-east to across Europe. This year, however, things were a bit different. Mike’s own daughter, English teacher Paige Conn, joined the trip to London and Paris this June, bringing along her own group of students from The Young Women’s Leadership School in New York City.

Festivals, Symphonies, and Food: Northern Italy in the Summertime

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I had never been to Venice during the Festa del Redentore.  It is quite a spectacle. 

Student Traveler Spotlight: Tyler Dribbon

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Each month we spotlight an ACIS traveler who reminds us that travel does indeed change lives. This month, we're chatting with New Jersery student Tyler Dribbon and his experience traveling to Peru in June 2014. Not only was Tyler's experience remarkable, instead of just fundraising for his own travel expense, Tyler launched a campaign to donate funds to a charitable organization in Peru. 

Hi Tyler, thanks so much for chatting with us! Let's dive right in. Was your ACIS tour your first time traveling overseas? If not, what was your first travel experience like and how did your ACIS trip compare?

Tyler: My trip to Peru was the first time I have travelled overseas. I am used to smaller trips within the US, so leaving the country for the first time was an unforgettable experience.

Confessions of an Over Packer

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Hi I’m Cara, and I have an over packing problem.

It all started innocently enough: when visiting my parents I’d lug along a carry-on bag packed to the brim. New England weather; I’d tell myself, need to be prepared for anything! Or I'd bring three bags along for a wedding weekend, because extra pairs of nude colored high heels seemed logical in case of a broken heel.

It didn't stop there.

How to Build a World Language Program Through Travel

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This guest blog post was written by French Teacher, Nicolette Miller, who has traveled with ACIS since 1991. Nicolette is also an Academic Travel Advisor for ACIS. 

Movies and Books about Spanish Speaking Countries

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Continuing our look at books and movies that inspire us to travel (check out this blog post for movies and books about London, Paris and Rome) we decided to turn our attention to Spanish speaking countries. Spain, Mexico, and many countries throughout Central and South America have produced incredible artists, writers and filmakers, and so there are a wealth of movies and books you can enjoy that showcase the world's hispanophone countries. Here's our pick—let us know if you have any favorites that you'd add to the list.

The Secret Life of Bees

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I paid a visit to Rick and Nancy’s farm, Bear Meadow Apiary, in Ashfield, MA the other day.  They keep chickens, grow vegetables, and also have a bunch of bee hives.  Rick spends most Saturdays educating me about bees at the farmers market, pointing out the difference between bumblebees and honeybees, and explaining his current housing arrangement for the bees.  On a weekly basis, he gives me updates on what is going on in the hives. 

On this day in particular, I was specifically heading there to get a look inside the kingdom of the honeybees. 

Traveling with Spanish Teacher, Scott Saks


Every month, we're proud to introduce you to an extraordinary educator from the US who believes in the power of educational travel to shape the lives of students, both academically and personally.

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