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LEAP Caesar's Gladiators - Italy

Why LEAP Matters

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Students learn best when they are actively engaged with what they’re learning. That’s why WorldStrides’ high school- and middle school-level programs use the LEAP philosophy—our own unique experiential learning phil... 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

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

5 Things Teachers Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall

10 End-of-the-Year Teacher Gifts They Really Want

As a former classroom teacher, it’s so gratifying to receive an end-of-the-year teacher gift as a thank you for teaching your child. But I’m going to share a dirty little secret that your child’s teacher can’t tell you: a lot of them probably go in the trash. It’s not that we didn’t love... Read More

Spanish Spelling Bee Awards

2018 Virginia Spanish Spelling Bee

  Harrisonburg City middle school student Anish Aradhey was named winner of the Virginia State Spanish Spelling Bee. The Bee was held at The University of Virginia. Anish is now gearing up to attend the National Spanish Spelling Bee this July in San Antonio, Texas. WorldStrides V.P. of Educatio... Read More

Fur Seals Galapagos

8 Interesting Facts about the Galapagos

You’ve probably heard about the archipelago of islands, famous for inspiring Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. In this remarkable place, the diversity of wildlife changes from island to island, leading to Darwin’s observation: “…by far the most remarkable feature in the natural... Read More

Our Christian Discoveries Program allows students to experience Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

7 Blooms Around the World

The cherry blossoms in D.C. aren’t the only famous flowers around the world. Love spring? (Or summer or fall?) Here are some other places where you can see Planet Earth in all her glory! Outside of Brussels in Belgium, a forest known as “Halle’s Wood” shows off for spring with a virtual ... Read More

Lincoln Memorial Selfie

Cell Phones on Tour: Banning Technology…or Embracing It?

Teachers like me can be programmed to say, “Put the phone down!” when we see phones in students’ hands (especially when they’re under the desk as though there’s an invisibility cloak down there!) It’s true that phones can be a distraction when we are trying to teach, especially in the tr... Read More

Byodo-in Temple. Kyoto

12 Interesting Facts about Japan

The land that brought you sushi, bonsai, and the bright lights of Tokyo is ripe with fascinating tidbits. Get to know Japan (which—by the way—is the site of our brand new premier International Teacher Convention) with these 12 interesting facts. Japan consists of 6,852 islands. The islands were ... 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

Mayflower II - Plymouth, Massachusetts

5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Pilgrims

Without the Pilgrims, we probably wouldn’t have a day dedicated to eating turkey and pumpkin pie and giving thanks. But did you know the Pilgrims didn’t actually eat turkey and pumpkin pie? Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the Pilgrims. The Mayflower didn’t land in Plymouth... Read More

Wheel of Fortune board reads

9 Facts About Wheel of Fortune

It’s “Teacher’s Week” on Wheel of Fortune and WorldStrides is proud to sponsor a trip on the Wheel each night this week! As contestants spin the Wheel in hopes of winning big, here are 9 facts about Wheel of Fortune we bet you didn’t know. There is only one Wheel, and it weighs 2,400 p... Read More

Apps For Teachers

8 Cool Mobile Apps For Teachers

The new school year is quickly approaching! Whether you’re looking for new classroom tools or are busy planning your next WorldStrides program, we’ve found a few cool apps for teachers to play around with. Remind. This free app allows teachers, students, and parents to communicate efficiently v... Read More

5 Things Teachers Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall

5 Things Teachers Can Do This Summer to Prepare For Fall

Summer vacation is here! Not only is it a great time for teachers to relax after a busy school year, it’s also a good opportunity to learn a few new things and prepare for the fall. Here are five things teachers can do this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. Play with new apps [&hell... Read More

Provence, France Lavender Fields

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Evelyn Johnson

Teachers are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate those teachers who have impacted their lives and encouraged them t... Read More

Individual Student Performing Opportunities

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Performing – Bryan Young

Our Program Leaders – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders for WorldSt... Read More

SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, Florida

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Science – Alexa Groff

Our Program Leaders – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders for WorldSt... Read More

Christian Discoveries Governor's Palace

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: History – Erik Brolsma

Our Program Leaders – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders for WorldSt... Read More

Ford's Theatre

WorldStrides – Informing and Supporting Ford’s Theatre

On March 2, the WorldStrides Curriculum and Academics Team was joined by three Washington, D.C., Course Leaders to collaborate with the Education Team at Ford’s Theatre. Ford’s Theatre’s Associate Director of Interpretive Resources, David McKenzie, requested the focus group knowing that WorldS... Read More

Our Christian Discoveries Program allows students to experience Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

Hurricane Survivors Get Weekend Reprieve

We’re looking forward to welcoming these students to Washington, D.C., this weekend! We will be sharing updates on social media – follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also follow the hashtag #HurricaneHealing!  WorldStrides is proud to be inviting eighth grade students... Read More

Presidential Inauguration

5 Obscure Facts About Past Presidential Inaugurations

We’re looking forward to bringing more than 6,000 students to our nation’s capital to experience this year’s historic Presidential Inauguration! As our groups begin to arrive in Washington, D.C., we put together this list of five obscure facts about past Presidential Inaugurations you may not ... Read More

Cafe the Chocolat, Paris France

9 Winter Weather Folklore Sayings

Today, December 21, marks the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere! While it’s clear and cool at the WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville for now, we decided to have some fun and look up winter weather folklore to see if we can predict the winter ahead. We’re going to rely on o... Read More

Wendy Amato in action

Educational Travel: A Big Idea

Over the weekend, Dr. Wendy Amato, WorldStrides’ Director of Curriculum and Academics, shared her thoughts on learning through educational travel at an event hosted by students at a Charlottesville, VA school. (WorldStrides is headquartered in Charlottesville.) The St. Anne’s-Belfield S... Read More

9 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! As our marching bands prepare to take to the streets of Chicago as part of the Uncle Dan’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we decided to dig up a few fun facts about Thanksgiving! Do you know what was served at the first Thanksgiving? How about how many calories are consumed on av... Read More

Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

10 Interesting Facts About the Presidential Election

Across the country, citizens are exercising their right to vote on Election Day. Ahead of 2016’s historic election, we decided to research the history of the presidential election. Here are 10 interesting facts we learned about the presidential election. A candidate has won the popular vote but l... Read More

Find Your Adventure in Educational Travel with WorldStrides

Learn More About The Gift of Education!

Have you heard about the Gift of Education? Our most successful fundraising tool, the Gift of Education, helps thousands of students each year raise funds for their trips. Last year, students raised over $2 million dollars! 100% of all money raised goes directly toward offsetting their trip price. I... Read More

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How College Credit Enhances Students’ Academic Profiles

  In a landscape where students are fighting to distinguish themselves among their peers in the college admission process, WorldStrides travelers are ahead of the curve. Many of our students are enrolling in Discovery for Credit courses, which they complete upon returning from their eye-opening... Read More

D.C. to Moscow: Space Exploration

Space Exploration with WorldStrides

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon. With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong climbed down a ladder, set foot on the moon, and said those now-famous words: “That’s one small step for a man, one g... Read More

Flags

10 Facts About Independence Day

The Fourth of July is on Monday and the United States of America will turn 240 years old! We’ve compiled some fun facts about Independence Day that you can use to impress your friends while watching fireworks and celebrating America’s birthday. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Indepen... Read More

Washington Monument at Sunset

6 Flag Day Facts

Happy Flag Day! In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring June 14 Flag Day. Congress followed the proclamation in 1949 by enacting a statue that officially recognized Flag Day. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States which occurred on June 14, 1777... Read More

Costa Rica Manuel Antonio Beach

7 Facts About The Ocean on World Oceans Day

Did you know that today is World Oceans Day? The UN General Assembly designated June 8 as World Oceans Day with a resolution in 2008. The idea was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our shared ocean, as well as raise awareness about the role the […] Read More

Teachers

WorldStrides Celebrates AdvancED Re-Accreditation

It’s official – we love education and it shows! WorldStrides hosted an external review team from AdvancED as part of our re-accreditation process and it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many ways in which we support educators and students from across the country and around the globe. ... Read More

Excel Sports Soccer

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Sports – Conor Prachar

Our Program Leaders – your teachers and coaches – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders... Read More

Individual Student Performing Opportunities

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Performing – Kelly DeHaan

Our Directors – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders for WorldStrides... Read More

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WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: Science – Tracey Rhodes

Our Program Leaders – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs to nominate their program leaders for WorldSt... Read More

Jefferson Memorial

WorldStrides Teacher of the Year: History – Dewey Espinosa

Our Program Leaders – your teachers – are the heart and soul behind our programs. It’s the teacher students will remember. This year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked students and parents who have participated in recent WorldStrides programs or are traveling with WorldStrides soon to no... Read More

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson! From WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, we can see Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The home, and its founder, is as much a part of Charlottesville’s identity as the University of Virginia – which happened to be founded by Jefferson. We appr... Read More

Student Travel Educational

Share Your Comments!

Good news! WorldStrides is proud to celebrate its status as an accredited travel study program. As part of our ongoing review process, we welcome feedback from you. Feel free to share comments about WorldStrides’ ability to meet Standards for Accreditation that will be considered in the course of ... Read More

15 Years as WorldStrides

Celebrating 15 Years as WorldStrides

On March 1, 2001, Lakeland Tours became WorldStrides. This week, we’re celebrating 15 years as WorldStrides, the leader in educational travel. Our CEO, Jim Hall, realized he has the perfect photo to mark the occasion. “As I was sitting in my office this week looking at a couple of pictures on th... Read More

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Learn about our International Teacher Conventions

At WorldStrides, we treat our teachers as true partners. That’s why we reward our new traveling teachers with two free trips abroad, on us! Teachers travel free as long as they sign up as few as five students, and we also give teachers a free spot at one of our International Teacher Conventions. O... Read More

The White House - Washington, D.C.

September 20, 1881 – Chester Arthur Is Inaugurated

On September 20, 1881, Chester Arthur was inaugurated, becoming the third person to serve as president in that year. The year 1881 began with Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in office. He served out his first and only term and officially turned over the reins of government to James A. Garfield in Ma... Read More

Flags

What Inspired The Star Spangled Banner?

Did you ever wonder what inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner? It’s a classic case of right place – right time. Francis Scott Key, a well-known lawyer in Washington D.C., was asked to help get Dr. William Beanes, a prominent physician, released from British capture. On Sept... Read More

Making Your Global Business Experience Mandatory: A Case Study

To keep pace with the demands of employers in an increasingly global business environment, MBA programs are reshaping their curricula to give graduates a more global perspective. We’ve observed several paths to this goal: 1. Globalizing the student profile 2. Developing and/or recruiting a teachin... Read More

Service Learning Study Abroad

10 Reasons To Go On A Service Learning Trip

1. Make a positive difference. Each day we have the opportunity to touch lives and make a difference but often times we don’t know what we can do or where to start. Service Learning programs help you to make that positive difference and point you in the right direction for future opportunities. 2.... Read More

Heidelberg

Teach Through Educational Travel: Heidelberg, Germany

The Holy Spirit Church (Heiliggeistkirche) in Heidelberg, Germany, is the most famous church in Heidelberg and has served both Catholics and Protestants. The current church was built in 1398, on a site that had housed two different, earlier churches. This church, located right in the middle of Heide... Read More

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