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8 Skyscrapers From Around The World for Skyscraper Appreciation Day

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Today is Skyscraper Appreciation Day, a day that commemorates the birthday of William Can Alen, the architect behind the Chrysler Building, one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Skyscraper Appreciation Day was founded by Dr. Tom Stevens so that the general public could admire…

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A China Check-in from CEO Jim Hall

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  Earlier this month, I spent some time at the WorldStrides Shanghai office. Though China is a world away from our WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, our goal remains the same: to enhance students’ lives through educational travel. Every time I travel to the Far…

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7 things to know about Chinese New Year

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Today marks the first day of Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. Also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year festivities last for 15 days and is a time for families to come…

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10 winter landscapes from around the world

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We’re preparing for some winter weather at WorldStrides’ headquarters in Charlottesville, but a little snow hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming about travel! As we wait for the flakes to start falling outside our office windows, we thought we would share some of our favorite winter landscapes…

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Meet Smithsonian expert Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer

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Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer is the chief veterinarian of the Department of Conservation Medicine at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in Front Royal, Virginia. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Master of Science (MS) degree in clinical sciences, both from Kansas State…

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A Capstone Great Wall of China Engagement Story

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One of our favorite things about what we do at WorldStrides is hearing our students’ stories from their trips upon their return. They tell us about the sites they saw, the foods they ate, and the people they met. Blake used one of our WorldStrides…

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Top Students From China Experience More Than A Typical WorldStrides Trip

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Not many people can say they’ve done the chicken dance in Times Square with WorldStrides President and CEO, Jim Hall – to be exact, only 13 people can. But in February, 11 top Chinese high school students, and WorldStrides President Richard Lin and Vice President…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Yungang Grottoes

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Giant Pandas

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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…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Beijing’s Forbidden City

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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,…

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