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Destination Spotlight: An Inside Look at Mountain Gorilla Trekking

"All I remember was being breathless. It was so magical,” recalls Pelin Karaca, Holbrook’s Vice President of Product Development, about her first encounter with the mountain gorillas. “I was together with a group of eight of us. All of a sudden, I hear this rustle from the trees and bushes ...

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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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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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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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Exploring the Galápagos | Perspectives for Student Programs

For many educators and global studies leaders, the Galápagos Islands represent the pinnacle of experiential learning. The Galápagos provide the ideal setting to help students make connections between the classroom curriculum and a living laboratory....

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Designing a memorable safari experience around your interests

When most people imagine an East African safari, they picture an adventure to witness amazing wildlife like elephants, lions, and zebras. Though this is an accurate depiction, a safari can be so much more than strictly a wildlife expedition....

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Destination Spotlight: Costa Rica - the world's greatest classroom

The choices of destinations for student travel are vast and varied. Every year, educators and administrators in educational travel look to provide new, cutting-edge opportunities for students to grow and become global citizens. Trends come and go, but one destination is perennially at the top ...

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Uganda: New Luster for the Pearl of Africa

Mar 13, 2019 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Although dubbed in 1907 as “the Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda’s travel appeal didn’t gain traction until very recently. Savvy travelers are becoming wise to the cultural and natural treasures Uganda has to offer at rather affordable prices, with not only gorilla trekking but ...

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Brazil’s Pantanal: A “Secret” Wildlife Haven

Brazil is known as a haven for biodiversity—20 percent of all living species are found within its borders—and the Amazon rainforest often steals the spotlight as an ecotourism destination. Scratch the surface, however, and another region emerges to offer what is arguably an even better ...

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Destination Spotlight: Rediscovering Ethiopia in the post-Lucy period

Oct 30, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

The discovery of Lucy, our oldest ancestor, by a team of scientists in 1974 placed Ethiopia high in the minds of many travelers. But news of famine and a civil war that waged for 15 years kept Ethiopia off the radar for some time. All of that is changing with renewed interest in its storied ...

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