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Teach Through Educational Travel: Mt. Fuji

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Alkmaar Cheese Market

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback

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Also known as Uluru, Ayers Rock is an extraordinary place of natural beauty. Located in the southern part of the Northern Territory in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Ayers Rock juts out of the landscape and should not be missed. If you’re fit, climb to the…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Claddagh Ring

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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….

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Teach Through Educational Travel: The Blarney Stone

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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…

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Lesson Plans: Ballet Folklorico, Universidad de Colima, Mexico

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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 year! The…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Walls of Avila

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Arles Through the Eyes of van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognized artists in the world. He’s the painter who created Starry Night, Bedroom in Arles, The Yellow House, Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, and The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles. Van Gogh lived…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Icebergs in Patagonia?

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Aran Isands

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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….

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