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Iceland’s cooling popularity is good news for travel planners

A few years, ago Iceland was top on many travelers’ lists, capturing their imaginations. Take Kathy Giglio of Smithtown, NY, who traveled in 2017 with a group of science educators. “It was fascinating from start to finish,” she recalled. “I was able to better understand its rich geological ...

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News Bin - July 18, 2019

Jul 18, 2019 |

News Roundup

| by Molly O'Brien

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the July 18 edition, read more about the following:...

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Living on the land: indigenous communities and responsible tourism

Jul 18, 2019 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

When it comes to preserving natural areas, a common conception is that land must be devoid of human presence in order to thrive. But this isn’t unilaterally true. Yes, certain human presence degrades the environment – mining, deforesting, littering, for example – but this viewpoint doesn’t ...

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In the Field: A Glimpse into the 2019 Global Studies Workshop

Jul 18, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christopher Bensley

Conferences are ideal for colleagues to meet on common topics and share best practices. When that conference is held in a fun and learning environment, it can make for a magical combo. By all accounts, the 2019 Global Studies Workshop in Costa Rica was that and more. The program took place ...

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WhatsApp with that? Keeping in touch in the digital age of travel

Jul 18, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

The world is increasingly connected, and keeping in touch with friends and family back home—and with your fellow travelers in the field—is getting easier and easier. In many countries around the world, Wifi is becoming standard in hotels, restaurants, and other public places, and cell service ...

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Handling illness in the field: the do’s and don’ts

Jul 18, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Molly O'Brien

Leading group travel is an exciting and worthwhile experience and also one that requires sufficient preparation and responsibility. Unfortunately, even with ample preparation, sometimes travelers fall ill in the field.  When this happens, it presents a challenge for the individual but need not ...

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Exploring South Africa: Perspectives for Student Programs

For many educators and global studies leaders, the ideal educational program offers a range of content across multiple academic disciplines, and opportunities to explore complex themes in real-world applications. Easily accessed, with a depth of content in biology, conservation, culture, and ...

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In Case You Missed It – Further Cuba Restrictions Announced

Jun 13, 2019 |

Insider

| by Christopher Bensley

Cuba Group Travel Still Possible Despite Recent Changes On June 4, the US Treasury Department announced new restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba under the general license known as group “people-to-people travel.” It also included restrictions on cruise ships and yachts....

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Protecting turtles that are “Too Rare to Wear”

Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) play an important role in the health of ocean ecosystems, but this species is under threat. Poachers have hunted these creatures nearly to extinction for their colorful shell (known as “tortoiseshell”) to make jewelry, sunglasses, trinkets, and ...

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South Africa: A look beyond megadiversity

South Africa, one of the planet's 17 “megadiverse” countries, is world-famous for its impressive biodiversity and endemism of flora and fauna.  But a closer look reveals a larger story of conservation leadership, resource management, and social challenges as a result of colonial and Apartheid ...

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