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A common issue that can make a huge difference in the quality of your program is the student-to-faculty ratio. Too many students can lead to safety issues; too few, and you may run into budget challenges (especially if the group leader is traveling for free). We asked the experts to offer their advice on finding the perfect balance. Our three...
In this second installment of our "Ask the Experts" series, we're taking a look at the proposal planning process for short-term study abroad trips. We'll discuss a basic timeline for program development, pre-proposal to-dos, and key topics to discuss with your provider. To offer a well-rounded view of faculty-led program planning best practices, we...
Developing a faculty-led program can be overwhelming. You have a laundry list of steps to take, and the road to planning a program isn’t always a straight one. However, there are numerous resources available, including insights from peers and experts in the field. This is the first installment of our "Ask the Experts"...
It's your very first time leading a trip. You know where you're going and you have people interested, but where do you go from there? We asked seasoned trip leaders, as well as our own employees, for their words of wisdom. Here's what they had to say: "Start group meetings early to discuss the...
Pastor preaching to his congregation in Israel
Enhance your congregation’s understanding of the Scriptures & encourage them to connect on a deeper spiritual level through a custom-designed tour. First visit to the Holy Land? Start Here. Use this example as a starting point for your custom itinerary. Then, add options...
You’ve corralled a group of eager students for a short-term study abroad or service trip and the first training session is about to commence. The biggest question on your mind (and your students') is how they're going to pay for it. The 3 keys to fundraising are: Creatively informing potential donors about the cause Keeping the process simple, thoughtful, and...
Zim volunteer crop
Everyone knows that one friend or family member who spends their vacations volunteering around the world. They can be the hardest to shop for. After all, what gift do you get for someone who has dedicated their lives to giving? Lucky for you, we've put together the ultimate gift guide for the humanitarian traveler in your life! 1. A Way to...
Student group travelling through India.
Advantages of Booking Group Travel Group travel offers benefits individual travelers don't have. If you plan to take 10+ people on your trip, you can: Lock in airfare up to 11 months in advance for the best rates. Defer final payment until after recruiting. Submit passenger names only a couple months before departure. Change a passenger's name if someone drops out. ...
Man lounging in an airport
These days, it seems nearly impossible to fly without spending a good amount of time at the airport. Whether you're early to the gate or experiencing a long layover, you may find yourself trying to kill time. Luckily, some airports are adding unique amenities to keep you entertained. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis was the first U.S. city to build a...
Traveling is wonderful in many ways, but sometimes it can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. It's important to take extra precautions to keep yourself healthy, so we've made a list of tips to remember for your next trip. Wash Your Hands Whether you're on a plane, train, or coach, the best way to make sure...