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5 Myths About Educational Travel...Busted!

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We understand that arranging an educational trip can seem like a daunting task. We hear the same concerns time and time again from teachers thinking about educational travel. But here's the good news—these common misconceptions are myths that ACIS just loves to bust!

Flights, Cameras, Action! Your Role as a Group Leader While On Your Trip

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ACIS offers a variety of tools to help teachers in the planning stage of their upcoming trips:

All of these tools help group leaders be as well-prepared for their trips as possible. But what should you expect once you arrive? We want everyone, from seasoned group leaders to first time travelers, to be confident in their leadership role while they’re on a tour with ACIS. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your starring role as a Group Leader:

5 Unique Destinations You'll Love on Pathfinder Tours

Unique Destinations to Discover on Pathfinder Tours (City of La Rochelle)

There’s no denying that Paris enchants, London entertains, Munich inspires, Madrid captivates and Rome delights. These and other well-known cities are popular stops most travelers’ itineraries for very good reasons. But sometimes the most authentic and memorable travel moments happen in smaller, lesser-known locales. These unique destinations offer spectacular natural features and authentic opportunities to engage with the culture and customs of the people who live there.

Ready for your own off-the-beaten-path, magical, educational travel experience? Consider one of these 5 unique destinations, found only on our Pathfinder itineraries:

How Do You Say Hashtag In French? #LeFrancaisPartout Challenge

LeFrancaisPartout September Social Media Challenge for French Classes

How do you say "hashtag" in French?* Teachers know all too well that today's high school students are attached to their smartphones and always recording their lives on social media. But could students actually use social media to learn something new? All September long, #LeFrancaisPartout challenge encourages French language classes to keep tweeting and posting (l'horreur!), in order to discover that the French language is everywhere. 

Student Traveler Spotlight: Alex Lumley

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Each month we spotlight an ACIS traveler who reminds us that travel does indeed change lives. This month, Alex Lumley recalls traveling to France and Italy in July 2013.

Hi Alex, thanks for chatting with us! We're excited to hear about your experience abroad. Was your ACIS tour your first time traveling overseas or had you gone before? 

Alex: Yes, my ACIS trip was the first time I had ever been overseas. It was everything I hoped for and more. Truly the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had, and definitely my favorite memory of my life so far.

What Pro Travelers Do On Long Flights

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Traveling overseas is an exciting event, especially if it's your first international trip. Spending half your day confined to a small cabin with hundreds of strangers, however, not so exciting. As airlines pack more people into tight confines (and Knee Defenders cause a ruckus) what can you do to combat long flight struggles? Do what the pro travelers do:

Tour Manager Spotlight: Meet Peter Ede

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Get to know our tour managers, well-traveled and fascinating individuals who make your ACIS educational tours truly unique and unforgettable. Today we're happy to introduce you to Peter Ede. 

How to Host the Perfect Recruitment Meeting for your ACIS Trip

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This blogpost was inspired by our recent webinar How to Host Superior Recruitment Meetings. You can watch it online on our YouTube channel.

You’ve made the decision to organize a trip with ACIS and chosen your itinerary, so your next step is to get your group together. One of the key tools in creating buzz for your trip and getting parents on board is the recruitment meeting. It might seem a daunting prospect, but with a bit of forward planning and creative thinking, your meeting will be a success and make all the difference in growing enthusiasm for you trip.

Here are our top tips for running an inspiring and effective recruitment meeting.


The Taste of Turin: A Sneak Peek into an ACIS Global Conference

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This guest blog post was written by ACIS Tour Manager, Giacomo Gambone.

What a week. I have to admit, this trip was not the typical ACIS tour. When I was asked to be the Tour Manager of a Global Teacher Conference in Turin, Italy from July 22nd to the 27th, I thought it would be exciting for many reasons. First of all, it was a food and wine themed tour, then it was in Italy and, most importantly for me, it was all happening in the area I am from. Well, it goes without saying that this trip went above and beyond my expectations more than any others.

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. 

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