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Hey Teachers! Win $1,500 in our Lesson Plan Contest!

As an educator myself, I am a firm believer that teachers should share. Share stories, share tips and, yes, share lesson plans! If you are here on the WorldStrides website, I have to believe you are a teacher who believes in experiential learning and travel. If so, welcome to a like-minded community... Read More

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Questions to Ask at Your Parent-Teacher Conference

It’s parent-teacher conference season, and we know you want to make the most of your limited one-on-one time with your child’s teacher. The more prepared you are going in, the more beneficial the meeting will be for you, the teacher, and your kid! You may have a million things on your mind, or y... Read More

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5 Tough Topics Students & Teachers Explore on our Programs

Our programs can expose students to many things they do not get to experience in the classroom. This in turn allows teachers to be part of teaching the whole child, and ensure their students move forward to being more well-rounded individuals who are better prepared to succeed outside of school. Le... Read More

Apps For Teachers

8 Cool Phone Apps for Teachers and Students

Let’s face it – apps can make everyday things a LOT easier for us, but with so many to choose from, selecting which ones you will actually use can be overwhelming. We narrowed down the choices to those that are useful in the classroom and the “classroom of the world!” Check out these 8 c... Read More

5 Things Teachers Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall

7 Great Ways Teachers Use Summer to Get Ready for Fall

Teachers – you did it! Hopefully you are reading this because you made it to summer vacation! Months of freedom and nothing to do are ahead of you (insert eye roll here…) After you’ve returned from your trip where you’ve shown your students the world (check!), summer hopefull... Read More

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7 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Memorial Day

Memorial Day. Maybe you think of it as the beginning of summer, and time for a barbecue. While that’s all fun and good, it’s important that we don’t forget what the holiday is all about. Here are seven facts about why we really celebrate Memorial Day. Hint: None of them involve hot dogs. The t... Read More

Smithsonian Castle

Did You Know: The Smithsonian Logo

The next time you’re at one of the amazing Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. – or reading Smithsonian Magazine, or, really, doing anything with our friends at Smithsonian– take a few minutes to pay some extra attention to the Smithsonian logo. It’s this one:   Simple enough, right... Read More

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Download: WorldStrides Fundraising Guide

We picked the brains of both WorldStrides employees and teachers for their best suggestions on useful fundraising campaigns to help raise money for educational travel opportunities. Download the WorldStrides Fundraising Guide below for all sorts of ideas, whether you’re headed to a music festival,... Read More

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Programming Inspiration For Your Music Classroom

Welcome to a new school year! We know many music teachers and directors will have a repertoire already set, but if you are in need of programming inspiration or want a reference list for highlighting major musical events occurring throughout the 2017-2018 school year, here are some ideas: Celebrate ... Read More

Solar Eclipse

How To Watch The Solar Eclipse Without Eclipse Glasses

Across the country, excitement is building for the 2017 solar eclipse. This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years! The last one occurred on February 26, 1979, but few people were able to view it as it passed through just five states in the northwest and weather wa... Read More

West Coast Science and Technology

5 Ways To Use Augmented Reality In the Classroom

Augmented Reality has gone from something of the future to a unique and interactive way to engage classrooms like never before. First, what is Augmented Reality? It is a “technology that layers computer-generated enhancements atop an existing reality in order to make it more meaningful through th... Read More

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Technology Resources for Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras

Incorporating technology into the music ensemble classroom has become essential. We have gathered a few of our favorite apps and websites for band, choir, and orchestra directors to put to use in their classrooms this school year. Apps There is a slew of music-based apps to help with skills and fulf... Read More

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4 New Technologies For The Classroom

Technological advancements have been a part of the classroom for years with the adaption of things like desktop computers and overhead projectors, some of the earliest versions of which are now on display in museums. As our use of technology grows by leaps and bounds, here are a few innovative ways ... Read More

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Download: Back-To-School Ice Breakers

It’s the first day of school and everyone is excited about the upcoming school year – and maybe a little nervous too! Start building your classroom community from day with a back-to-school ice breaker Download our classroom ice breakers below! Can't see the infographic? Download it here... Read More

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7 Tips For Building A Successful Music or Band Program

Summer is a time for teachers to relax – and to reflect on the previous year. How successful was your year? We know music directors are always looking for ways to encourage their programs to thrive. With that in mind, we asked accomplished WorldStrides OnStage music directors with experiences rang... Read More

Individual Student Performing Opportunities

5 Tips for Keeping Your Musical Ensemble Engaged

Does this scene look familiar? If your musical ensemble started out like this at the beginning of the school year, hopefully you’ve found a way to encourage the Barneys of your group to be more in-tune. If your ensemble is still at the “Barney stage” (so to speak), rest assured, you’re not a... Read More

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5 tips for a successful holiday concert

So you’ve got a holiday concert on the horizon. You’re not alone! This time of year, cities and town across the country are treated to the voices and instruments guided by dedicated music directors just like you. As you put the final touches on your preparations, don’t forget about these simpl... Read More

Mt. Fuji

Teach Through Educational Travel: Mt. Fuji

The most iconic symbol of Japan is an ancient one – Mt Fuji. This mountain is located at the center of the southern coast, and is Japan’s highest mountain (at 12,388 ft). There is a torii gate at the summit, and over hundreds of thousands of people climb it in warmer weather. However, Mt Fuji [&... Read More

Alkmaar Cheese Market - Alkmaar, Holland

Teach Through Educational Travel: Alkmaar Cheese Market

An ancient city, a hand clap, and a lot of locally made cheese. Where are you? The Netherlands, of course – at the Alkmaar Cheese Market. Located in North Holland, Alkmaar is a city that dates back to the 10th century. The town is full of medieval buildings, a beautiful canal, and a central market... Read More

Teach Through Educational Travel: Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh Ring is a traditional symbol from Ireland. The ring, first made in the 17th century, comes from a small village near Galway, called Claddagh. There are three components to the ring, each of which symbolize something cherished – a crown, hands, and heart. The crown represents loyalty; ... Read More

Blarney Stone

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Blarney Stone

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Why do people travel all the way to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone? Have students use critical thinking to venture a guess and then research to find out. One o... Read More

The University of Colima’s Folkloric Ballet

Lesson Plans: Ballet Folklorico, Universidad de Colima, Mexico

The University of Colima’s Folkloric Ballet is a rich interpretation of Mexican expression, history, and tradition. The University’s Dance Company was founded in 1981 by artist and dancer/choreographer Rafael Zamarripa Castaneda, and has since performed around the world, on average 130+ shows a ... Read More

Walls of Avila

Teach Through Educational Travel: Walls of Avila

The town of Avila, Spain (located just west of Madrid), has the best preserved medieval walls in the country (and among the best in Europe), and is the second biggest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China). These ancient walls were built as a defensive mechanism, but also served to contro... Read More

Icebergs in Patagonia

Teach Through Educational Travel: Icebergs in Patagonia?

Did you know that Patagonia, a region in Argentina and Chile, has icebergs (called tempanos, for ice floes, in Spanish)? Indeed, the northern arm of Patagonia has many icebergs. Today we’ll learn about Los Glaciares National Park, where many of these icebergs are located. Los Glaciares National Pa... Read More

Aran Islands

Teach Through Educational Travel: Aran Isands

At the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland, lie three islands that have influenced the world far more than their diminutive size would suggest. These islands – the Aran Islands – have around 1,200 residents, who speak both Gaelic and English. The islands are Inishmore (Inis Mór Is... Read More

Hadrian’s Wall

Teach Through Educational Travel: Hadrian’s Wall

There’s a wall that runs for 73+ miles across northern England, from Wallsend-on-Tyne to Bowness. Called Hadrian’s Wall, it was ordered to be built by Roman Emperor Hadrian in order to protect Roman Britain from the ‘northern barbarians,’ the Picts. The wall today is mostly in ruins, and was... Read More

Amboseli National Park

Teach Through Educational Travel: Mt Kilimanjaro

150 miles away from Nairobi lies a treasure – one that boasts birds and beasts, swamps and history, elephants and Maasai, and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. Where are you? Amboseli National Park, in Kenya. It is one of the best places to see wildlife in the world, and is called L... Read More

Waterton Lakes National Park

Teach Through Educational Travel: Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park, in Alberta, Canada, is a triple bonus. Why? It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Biosphere, and an International Peace Park. Add to that some incredible beauty, and you’ve got a destination that is extremely popular. The park was first created in 1895; the name deri... Read More

Schönbrunn Palace

Teach Through Educational Travel: Schönbrunn Palace

There’s more to Vienna than the Christmas markets! Vienna is home to one of the largest and most beautiful Imperial Palaces in Europe – Schönbrunn Palace. It was built in 1548, added onto from 1638-1643, and then added onto again later. The palace has over 1,400 rooms – and was the home of th... Read More

Santorini

Teach Through Educational Travel: Santorini

Hear the word Santorini, and what do you think? Blues, white buildings, great food – and a volcano? Indeed! Santorini is one of the most famous islands in Greece, and is the largest chunk of a former island that the volcano blew up into smaller islands, forming a caldera. The volcanic eruption was... Read More

Annecy, France

Teach Through Educational Travel: Annecy, France

Annecy, just south of Geneva, is often known as the Venice of the Savoie (a region in the Rhone-Alps part of France). It’s a beautiful medieval city located on Lake Annecy, and bisected by canals. The town was built around a 14th century Chateau, Annecy Castle. There’s also the Palais d’Isle, ... Read More

Auschwitz

Teach Through Educational Travel: Auschwitz

Auschwitz – hearing the name sends chills down your spine and sadness in your heart. The horrific Nazi death camp, located in southwest Poland, exterminated prisoners from 1940-1945. Now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Auschwitz is a reminder of the Jewish Holocaust – deaths of more tha... Read More

Italian Gelato

Teach Through Educational Travel: Gelato

3/13/2014 Just say the word Gelato and people start smiling. Gelato is Italian ice cream – ice cream with a twist. Unlike ice cream in the USA, Gelato is a softer ice cream with at least 3.5% butterfat (required by law!). Gelato in Italy has many, many flavors – some unlike any you’ve ever tas... Read More

Abu Simbel, Egypt

Teach Through Educational Travel: Abu Simbel, Egypt

Some of the most iconic symbols of ancient Egypt are the pyramids, the Avenue of the Sphinxes at Luxor, King Tutankhamen, and the two temples at Abu Simbel. The two temples are the larger Temple of Ramesses II and the smaller Temple of Nefertari, carved out of rock. As with all history, there’s a ... Read More

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Teach Through Educational Travel: Monteverde Cloud Forest

High in the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range in Costa Rica is an ecological treasure – 26,000 acres of tropical rainforest, called the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In this cloud forest, there are 6 different ecological zones and an extremely high rate of biodiversity. You can find 2,500+ p... Read More

Madagascar

Teach Through Educational Travel: Madagascar

The Republic of Madagascar is an island off the southeast coast of Africa – the 4th largest island in the world. You probably recognize it from the movies (Madagascar and two sequels), or for their most famous creature, the lemur (there are over 100 species and subspecies of lemur in Magagascar). ... Read More

Granada Spain Market

Teach Through Educational Travel: Granada, Spain

Granada is the capital city of Granada Province, Andalusia, Spain. Geographically, it’s located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and at the confluence of 4 (!) different rivers. Granada is most famous for the Alhambra, a Moorish Palace that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But there’s... Read More

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Teach Through Educational Travel: Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the best medieval walled cities in the world, Dubrovnik, Croatia, is located on the Adriatic Sea, and is a wonder to behold. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located at the very southern end of the Croatian coast, and was founded by Greek sailors looking for a place to stop. Dubrovnik... Read More

Great Blue Hole

Teach Through Educational Travel: Blue Hole, Belize

One of the most beautiful natural features on earth, the Great Blue Hole is an enormous sinkhole located in the middle of Lighthouse Reef, an atoll that is part of Belize. The Great Blue Hole is almost 1,000 feet in diameter, and over 400 feet deep. Formed over thousands of years (including some new... Read More

10 Downing Street

Teach Through Educational Travel: 10 Downing Street

One of the most famous leadership residences in the world, 10 Downing Street, SW 1, London, England, is home to the British Prime Minister, and therefore, Her Majesty’s Government. There have been 52 Prime Ministers in the history of the United Kingdom, and 10 Downing Street, located in Westminste... Read More

Monte Carlo

Teach Through Educational Travel: Monte Carlo

The country of Monaco is a small one, and one of its most famous neighborhoods is Monte Carlo. (Note: it isn’t the capital of Monaco – that honor belongs to the neighborhood of Monaco-Ville, also known as Le Rocher.) Monte Carlo can refer to two things – the ward of Monte Carlo, where the famo... Read More

Cesky Krumlov

Teach Through Educational Travel: Český Krumlov

South of Prague (the capital of the Czech Republic), and nestled in the hills of Bohemia, lies a magical town. Český Krumlov (also known as Krumau) features a castle, many Baroque buildings, the Moldau River (also known as the Vltava River), and an old town square. When you visit, you’ll feel as... Read More

Parisian Macarons

Teach Through Educational Travel: Parisian Macarons

What better place to have the most Parisian of foods than in Paris? But I digress. Have you heard of the French Macaron, the most beloved confection to come out of France? It is composed of two meringue-based cookies (egg whites, ground almonds, sugar) sandwiching a filling (buttercream, ganache, ja... Read More

Vienna Christmas Market

Teach Through Educational Travel: Vienna Christmas Markets

There is no more festive way to get in the holiday spirit than a visit to an old-world European Christmas market. Vienna’s Christmas Market (also called Christkindlmarkt) is one of the most famous, with traditions going back over 7 centuries! In 1296, Austrian Emperor Albrecht I allowed a December... Read More

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Sphinxes in Luxor, Egypt

Located in Upper Egypt (which really means south of Cairo), Luxor is a city rich in history. It used to be called Thebes, in ancient times (and the capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom). Now, Luxor is visited by many archaeologists and thousands of visitors each year. Luxor has been called the wo... Read More

Hasedera Kamakura Statues

Teach Through Educational Travel: Hasedera Kamakura Statues

These are small jizo statues at the Hasedera temple in Kamakura, Japan. This famous Buddhist temple houses larger statues, too – including an enormous wooden statue of Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy). It’s one of the largest wooden statues in Japan (at 30 feet), and has 11 heads. Jizo sta... Read More

San Gimignano, Italy

Teach Through Educational Travel: San Gimignano, Italy

The town of fine towers is located in Siena, Tuscany, Italy. San Gimignano, a walled medieval town, is known for its many towers, of which 14 remain. The historic centre of town (the Piazza della Cisterna) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But let’s skip back a bit, shall we? The village was founde... Read More

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teach Through Educational Travel: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital (and largest city) in Argentina, Buenos Aires has a mystique that has drawn travelers for ages. The city is located on the Rio de la Plata, and is one of the 20 largest cities in the world. With over 16 million people, you can see why.Buenos Aires is also a cultural capital, known [&hell... Read More

Trinity College Dublin

Teach Through Educational Travel: Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth, is the oldest university in Ireland. Many famous writers graduated from Trinity College, including Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), playwright Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest), playwright Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops to C... Read More

Oktoberfest

Teach Through Educational Travel: Oktoberfest

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Oktoberfest is a 16 day long festival. It celebrates German and Bavarian history and culture. Flowers are used to decorate the floats in the parades, similar to the floa... Read More

Maasai

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Maasai

The Maasai are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group that is located in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Numbering less than a million in population, the Maasai are still instantly recognizable around the world, due to their lifestyle, customs, music and dancing, and long distance running. Many ... Read More

The Azores

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Azores

An archipelago of nine islands that extend for 370 miles in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, 900+ miles east from Lisbon? What is this? It’s the Azores, home to some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever experience – and it’s an autonomous region of Portugal. All nine of the island... Read More

Grand Canal

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Grand Canal

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   The Grand Canal is a major thoroughfare in Venice, important for transporting people and goods around the city. Gondolas were used for that transportation. Learn how gon... Read More

Yungang Grottoes

Teach Through Educational Travel: Yungang Grottoes

If asked, could you excavate 1km of soft sandstone and create special grottoes (caves) filled with incredible art? Such was the task given, in the 5th century CE, to the head of the Buddhist church, a monk named Tan Yao and a crew. It took 60 years to carve out 252 grottoes (five by Tan […] Read More

Checkpoint Charlie

Teach Through Educational Travel: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

A few minutes away from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is another symbol of the Cold War – Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous of three checkpoints built at the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. This checkpoint served as a point of entry (or exit) for diplomats and allied forces ... Read More

Sahara Desert

Teach Through Educational Travel: Sahara Desert, Morocco

Did you know that the Sahara Desert extends into Morocco? Indeed, the small town of Merzouga is right on the edge of the Sahara, next to the incredibly beautiful Erg Chebbi Dunes. The Erg Chebbi Dunes are the largest sand dunes in Morocco, and have been featured in several movies (including the Mumm... Read More

Alcazar Castle

Teach Through Educational Travel: Alcazar Castle, Segovia

Did you ever wonder about the inspiration for Disney castles? Look no further than Alcazar Castle in Segovia, Spain, according to popular opinion. Alcazar is Spanish for castle (so in English, we’re saying Castle Castle!). Located in Segovia, Alcazar Castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries... Read More

Uros Island Village

Teach Through Educational Travel: Uros Island Village, Peru

Can you imagine living on a floating island? One that you have to maintain (read: repair) by hand, to bolster the safety of your home? Welcome to the floating islands of the Uros people. Located on Lake Titicaca, in Peru, the floating islands of the Uros are an ingenious way of utilizing natural res... Read More

Temple of Poseidon

Teach Through Educational Travel: Temple of Poseidon

Percy Jackson, the Minotaur, The Odyssey, the naming of the Aegean sea, death, voyages, an English poet, and, of course, a Greek god – what do they all have in common? One of the most recognizable spots in Greece – the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea, and [&he... Read More

Duomo

Teach Through Educational Travel: Duomo, Florence

The main church in Florence, Italy, is called the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as the Duomo). This church was started in 1296, and the dome (as brilliantly engineered by Brunelleschi) was completed in 1436. The church is located in the Piaaza del Duomo, and is one of the most recogn... Read More

Grand Place

Teach Through Educational Travel: Grand Place, Brussels

The Grand Place (Grote Markt in Dutch) is the main square in Brussels, Belgium. It is an enormous square, and the most visible landmark in Brussels. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is surrounded by beautiful buildings. It started at the end of the 11th century, when an open marketplace was s... Read More

Luxembourg Gardens

Teach Through Educational Travel: Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens, run by the French Senate (which is housed nearby in the Luxembourg Palace), is the second-largest park in Paris, and is located in the 6th arrondissement (left bank, near the Sorbonne). The Palace and Gardens were commissioned by Marie de’ Medici (widow of Henry IV) in 1612... Read More

Westminster Abbey

Teach Through Educational Travel: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey in London, also known as the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, has been the site of 38 coronations of the British monarchy – starting with William the Conquerer in 1066. Although Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the world’s most popular ... Read More

Machu Pichu, Peru

Teach Through Educational Travel: Machu Picchu, Peru

Download a larger image of Machu Picchu and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:    Here is a great lesson plan from National Endowment for the Humanities on the Inca Empire on “Couriers of the Empire: Getting your Message Across.”   ... Read More

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Guatemala

Nestled in the Highlands of Guatemala is the deepest lake in Central America – Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlan). It is surrounded by volcanoes, and is itself volcanic in origin. Lake Atitlan is a caldera formed from an eruption almost 100,000 years ago. One of the most beautiful lakes in the world, ... Read More

Istanbul Turkey

Teach Through Educational Travel: Istanbul, Turkey

The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the heart of the country. It is one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of almost 14 million. The Bosphorus runs right through Istanbul– it’s a strait that is a boundary between Europe and Asia – and thus Istanbul is the only city that ... Read More

Prague

Teach Through Educational Travel: Prague

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe. The city of Prague is over 1,000 years old, and has long been an economic and political center for central Europe and the Holy Roman Empire. The Vltava River runs through Prague, and there are many famous bridges, including th... Read More

Teach Through Educational Travel: Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, located in on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, was built as a tomb by the emperor Shah Jahan, for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Constructed between 1631-1648, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited by millions of people each year. It is the finest example of [... Read More

Paris, France

Teach Through Educational Travel: Arc de Triomphe

Download a larger image of the Arc de Triomphe and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities: The L’Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon as a monument to his successes. Create a timeline that shows the rise, height and fall of Napoleon. ... Read More

Giant Pandas

Teach Through Educational Travel: Giant Pandas

Giant Pandas are endangered animals, almost extinct (there are about 1,000 left in the wild, researchers estimate). The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1987 with six Giant Pandas rescued from the wild. Development has limited Giant Pandas to a... Read More

The Matterhorn

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Matterhorn

Matterhorn (also known as Monte Cervino in Italian and Mont Cervin in French) is a 4,478 meter high mountain in the Pennine/Valais Alps, bordering Switzerland and Italy. It is the tenth highest peak in the Alps, and has four distinct steep pyramid-type faces. The closest town is Zermatt. The Matterh... Read More

Lavender fields of provence

Teach Through Educational Travel: Lavender Fields in France

Download a larger image of the lavender fields in France. Share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and activities: Lavender has been used since the time of early Egypt, when it was part of the embalming process. What are some other uses for lavender throughout history? L... Read More

Forbidden City

Teach Through Educational Travel: Beijing’s Forbidden City

History comes alive at the Forbidden City, in the center of Beijing, China. The Forbidden City (called Gu Gong, in Chinese) was the home of 24 emperors, and was the center of politics from the Ming Dynasty through the Qing Dynasty – about 500 years, ending in 1912 with the abdication of Puyi, the ... Read More

Monet's Water Lilies

Teach Through Educational Travel: Monet’s Water Lilies

Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting, is one of the most popular artists in the world. He lived from 1840-1926, and spent much of his life in Giverny, France – about 50 miles northwest of Paris. He purchased a property there in 1883, and it became the focus of much of his art... Read More

Temple of Apollo

Teach Through Educational Travel: Temple of Apollo

Imagine yourself in Ancient Greece (540 BC, to be exact), about halfway between Athens and Sparta. You’re in Corinth, site of the newly rebuilt Temple of Apollo, replacing one built in 625. The city of Corinth was occupied from around 6500 BC, and was founded by Corinthos, a descendant of the god ... Read More

Aqueduct

Teach Through Educational Travel: Aqueduct in Segovia

The Romans were brilliant builders, and with their inventions, changed the world. Such is the case with Roman Aqueducts, which channeled water from distant water sources into cities. These aqueducts supplied water for the whole town – fountains, baths, toilets (!), and households. The genius part ... Read More

The cliffs of Moher

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are an extraordinary natural formation of sheer cliffs dropping down into the Atlantic Ocean – and Ireland’s most visited attraction. The Cliffs are located on the west coast of County Clare; the nearest town is Doolin. The Cliffs rise up 214 meters, at their highest point, a... Read More

Iceland

Teach Through Educational Travel: Iceland

Iceland is an extraordinary destination – an island of few trees, with natural hot springs, and cold geothermal crevasses amidst tectonic plates, the largest national park in Europe, glaciers, a Golden Circle, and a Blue Lagoon. Iceland is located at the very top of Europe, on the Mid-Atlantic R... Read More

The Eden Project

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Eden Project

The Eden Project, located in Cornwall, England, is one of the world’s largest biomes, and is an incredible resource to educate the world about our environment. The Eden Project was fully opened in 2001, on the site of an old clay pit near St. Austell, Cornwall. It boasts two main biome enclosures,... Read More

Brandenburg Gate

Teach Through Educational Travel: Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Constructed in 1791, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) was commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II as a grand gesture, to represent peace. It is the most well-known landmark in Berlin (and Germany), and now serves as a symbol of the reunification of East and West Berlin. It is a former ci... Read More

Condor in Peru

Teach Through Educational Travel: A Condor in Peru

The Andean Condor is the only member of the genus Vultur, is the largest flying bird in the world, and is recognized as a national symbol for many South American countries, including Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. The Andean Condor is near extinction, due to loss of its habi... Read More

Great Wall of China

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the longest manmade structure in the world. It was built across China from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD, and is more than 20,000km long! The Great Wall is much more than a wall – it includes the walls, watch towers, shelters, horse tracks, fortresses, and [&... Read More

Chichen Itza

Teach Through Educational Travel: Chichen Itza, Mexico

In the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, there is the site of an ancient Mayan civilization, called Chichen Itza. This city was built here around 750 AD, close to two cenotes (deep water-filled sinkholes), which were used for religious sacrifices . At the ruins of Chichen Itza, now a UNESCO World Heritage ... Read More

Volcan Poas

Teach Through Educational Travel: Volcan Poas, Costa Rica

Have you ever seen a live volcano? Head to Costa Rica! The Volcan Poas (Poas Volcano) is located in Poas Volcano National Park. In this photo, you can see one of the two crater lakes that Volcan Poas boasts. This lake is called Laguna Caliente (hot lagoon!), and is one of the world’s most acidic [... Read More

Parthenon

Teach Through Educational Travel: Parthenon, Athens

High atop a rocky hill in Athens is an ancient complex called the Acropolis. It has a long and storied history, but was officially built upon in the 5th century BCE, as coordinated by Perikles. He was one of the most influential statesmen in the history of Athens. Upon the Acropolis (which means hig... Read More

Normandy

Teach Through Educational Travel: Normandy, France

Mont Saint Michel is one of the most beautiful – and visited – places in France. It is a solid granite island, holding tight against the highest tides in Europe. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is home to an ancient monastery and a small town. Visitors access the island via a causeway d... Read More

Casa Milá

Teach Through Educational Travel: Casa Milá, Barcelona

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi completely changed the face of architecture in Spain – and the world. He focused his energy on creating organic, natural structures that surprise and delight the viewer. His most famous building is Sagrada Familia, a cathedral in Barcelona. But the Casa Milá is pret... Read More

Service-Learning Tours in Peru – Peru Service-Learning tours

Teach Through Educational Travel: Textiles in Peru

The Incans live in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They are famous for their incredibly colorful, detailed textiles, made from alpaca fiber and sheep wool. And, each village that makes textiles has its own patterns and traditions – some over 2000 years old. Download a larger image and share the phot... Read More

Half Penny Bridge

Teach Through Educational Travel: Half Penny Bridge, Dublin

Dublin: the city of literature – and the capital of Ireland. Famous authors such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, J.M. Synge, Maeve Binchy, and Roddy Doyle are all from Dublin. In such a literary town as this, word... Read More

Trafalgar Square

Teach Through Educational Travel: Trafalgar Square, London

Trafalgar Square is the heart of London! It is the largest square in London, and has been a popular gathering place through the ages. It was redeveloped in 1812 by John Nash, as appointed by the Prince Regent (later King George IV), and was finished in the 1840s by architect Sir Charles Barry. It is... Read More

Neptune Fountain

Teach Through Educational Travel: Neptune Fountain, Rome

The Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno) is one of the most famous fountains in Rome, and is located on the Piazza Navona. There is another fountain with the same name, in the Piazza del Popolo! First built with only a basin (which lasted for hundreds of years), the fountain was finished in 1878, ... Read More

Lake Titicaca

Teach Through Educational Travel: Lake Titicaca, Peru

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. National Geographic defines a lakeas a body of water surrounded by land. How many different kinds of lakes can you id... Read More

Eiffel Tower

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Eiffel Tower

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Share this video with your class explaining some facts and history about the Eiffel Tower. The architect who designed the Eiffel Tower also designed another significant ... Read More

London Eye - London, England

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Olympics! Part Two

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities: As discussed in last week’s Teach Through Educational Travel: The Olympics! Part One – the slogan for the Olympics is “Swifter, Higher Stronger”. It seems that every ye... Read More

London Tower Bridge

Teach Through Educational Travel: The Olympics! Part One

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   The definition of a motto is “a short sentence or phrase that captures the beliefs and ideals of an individual, a family or an institution.” The current motto of the... Read More

Temple in Corinth - Corinth, Greece

Teach Through Educational Travel: Greek Columns Part: 2

Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities: There are three types of Greek columns: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Which type is this? How is it similar or different from the others? There are many buildings in Washington,... Read More

Kio Towers

Teach Through Educational Travel: Kio Towers in Madrid, Spain

Download a larger image and share the photo of Kio Towers with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities: This plaza with the towers behind is called “The Gateway to Europe”. What adjectives come to mind as you look at this “gateway”? What do you expect on the... Read More

Olympic Village Barcelona

Teach Through Educational Travel: Olympic Village in Barcelona

Download a larger image of this statue in Barcelona’s Olympic Village. Share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and activities: This statue is part of the Olympic Village in Barcelona, Spain. Visit the Olympic website to investigate. Make a map showing other locations ... Read More

Pompeii Victim - Pompeii, Italy

Teach Through Educational Travel: Pompeii

Download a larger image from the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and activities: Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E., burying the city of Pompeii, Italy. Pompeii was part of the Roman Empire. What was life like at the time for Roman citize... Read More

London Eye

Teach Through Educational Travel: The London Eye

Download a larger image of the London Eye in England and share the photo with your class. Then discuss the following: You have been given the task of attracting more tourists to your city or state. What are the important aspects of your city that you want to highlight? Design an amusement park type ... Read More

Stonehenge - Amesbury, England

Teach Through Educational Travel: Stonehenge

Download a larger image of Stonehenge in England and share the photo with your class. Then discuss the following: Stonehenge was built at around the same time as the pyramids at Giza, over 4,000 years ago. What other ancient sites were built around that time? What was the purpose of each? Compare an... Read More

Mont Saint-Michel - Normandy, France

Teach Through Educational Travel: Mont St. Michel

Download a larger image of Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France. Share the photo with your class and then discuss the following: What are the challenges and benefits of living on an island? If you were building a town on a small island, what would you include? What would you avoid? Imagine that you ... Read More

Neuschwanstein Schloss - Schwangau, Germany

Teach Through Educational Travel: Neuschwanstein Castle

Download a larger image of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany and share the photo with your class. Then discuss the following: Neuschwanstein Castle was built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria in tribute to Richard Wagner. Play some Wagnerian music. Make sketches as you listen. What images does t... Read More

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