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International Education Week 2014

 
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Did you know? This week is International Education Week! For the 15th year in a row, the US Department of State and US Department of Education have joined forces to recognize the impact that international education has on students and the global economy overall. Whether you have participated in a school trip abroad, traveled overseas for a college semester, or even participated in a model UN at your school, an understanding of the global education opportunities available to you helps expand your world. So from November 17th to the 21st, let's celebrate the impact of international education!

Inspire Your Own 'Must Go Explore' List

 
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I was recently struck by thoughts of ‘incredible’ at seeing photos of the Tower of London with commemorative poppies filling its moat. These thoughts were, not surprisingly, closely followed by the ‘wouldn’t it be amazing to see them in person’ reaction.

And that’s so true isn’t it – we see a photo of a place, an evocative image of somewhere, we may have heard of something that leaves us with that ‘I really want to...see/experience/visit’ urge. I know that feeling all too well.

Why You'll See Poppies Everywhere in London This Time of Year

 
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Every year at this time, London is a sea of red. To commemorate the end of the First World War, tradition has it that poppies are sold on the streets everywhere in London.

Practically everyone wears one, and it is almost like a pledge of allegiance. Even soccer players from lands that have no history connected to WWI, for two weeks in November, wear shirts that have the poppy sewn into the team colors.

Newscasters on TV are never seen without a poppy. It’s an amazing sight. Kids pin them on their T-shirts, taxis have them on their front bumper, and trains have huge poppies mounted on the front.

In order to commemorate 100 years from the beginning of WWI, London has put up a sea of ceramic poppies around the moat in the Tower of London.

All Great Explorers Need Backing: Fundraising with Project Travel

 
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When you think of historical explorers like Christopher Columbus, Lewis & Clark, or Marco Polo, you might conjure images of sailing vessels chartering temperamental seas, covered wagons traversing seemingly impossible mountain ranges, or voyaging into the unknown with little more than a compass and tattered map. And what you picture is usually right: braving extreme circumstances was the norm for many explorers chasing the dream of new lands, but that wasn't their only challenge to exploring. 

Turkey Delights - ACIS President Peter Jones Visits Istanbul

 
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Turkey. It is at once an exotic place, a border country between Asia and Europe which has this veneer of Euro sophistication, spotty in places, but reassuringly there. Istanbul’s airport, Ataturk International, is actually quite a welcoming place. A fairly modern arrival terminal that has pretty much all the stuff that Boston’s terminal E seems to lack (shops, restaurants, Starbucks – anything that would make your journey more pleasant). The only hold up is the visa processing, which is done ahead of time yet still tacks on a couple of minutes to each passenger’s stamp of approval. On my recent trip, I avoided the long lines by grabbing a fast track pass. Even though they should not have given it to me, the British Airways' staff seemed quite accommodating, dishing them out like nobody’s business. Thank goodness, otherwise the line would’ve been a bit of a nightmare.

Tour Manager Spotlight: Meet Lucy Ryan

 
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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 Lucy Ryan.

A Passion For Travel: The Inspiring ACIS Community

 
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Not only does ACIS pride itself on delivering the best quality educational tours in the industry, but we also are fortunate to have a strong community of passionate teachers and students that have traveled with ACIS over our 36 years. The majority of teachers who travel with us are repeat travelers (over decades!), refer us to their colleagues, and even later on work with us as Academic Travel Advisors –  eager to lend advice and a helping hand to new ACIS group leaders.  We don't mean to brag, but our community is full of the brightest, most inspiring and motivating teachers – who also love travel. How lucky are we?!

7 Travel Planning Tips for Busy Teachers

 
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An experienced teacher and ACIS group leader offers tips on how to balance a busy teaching schedule and organizing student travel.

This is a guest blog post written by Pam Skaar Meier, History Teacher at Eden Praire High School and ACIS academic travel advisor.



One of the questions I have been asked at conferences, conventions and even at my own high school is “How do you find the time during the school year to organize a student trip?”

How Social Media Can Help Grow Your Travel Group

 
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Interested in how to host a superior recruitment meeting? We have a webinar for that! You can watch it online on our YouTube channel.

So you've made the leap and signed up for an educational tour with ACIS - congratulations! Now the fun begins. Students will be excited, interested, and inquisitive about traveling, but they may not all come rushing through your door to sign up immediately. The best way to encourage your group size to grow is through offering readily available information at their fingertips. What do students always have at their fingertips these days? Smartphones and keyboards! 


Generate Buzz

Generating a buzz around your trip can be helped with effective social media engagement. 

What The Eiffel Tower and ACIS Academic Travel Advisors Have In Common

 
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This guest blog post was written by Academic Travel Advisor, Nicolette Miller. 

Riding up the glass elevators of the Eiffel Tower with the world of Paris at your feet is an exhilarating and powerful experience.  It is somewhat scary as you glide upward, but you know that you are held up by one of the architectural wonders of the world. Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower to be supported by four bases, ingeniously curved inward, making an amazingly strong structure with the ability to support thousands of enthralled visitors.

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