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Yasmine El Baggari

Master’s student Yasmine El Baggari has been to all 50 states. And she hasn’t just “been” to them in a casual, check-off-the-box way. She has been to them, for extended trips, staying in the homes of more than 250 families, riding countless Greyhound buses, and fostering thousands of genuine connections across cultures.

Originally from Morocco, El Baggari decided that she wanted to travel the United States by bus when she was 17, starting from Kansas where she was living while taking part in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange — a state-department exchange program that seeks to dismantle stereotypes about Morocco, Africa, and the Middle East in the United States. “I told myself, if I can break down stereotypes in Kansas, I can do it in all 50 states,’’ says El Baggari. She continued her travels across the U.S. through college and beyond, visiting her final state — Alaska — in 2019.

Her commitment to the interpersonal and cross-cultural benefits of travel only grew from there, with additional visits to 50 countries. Six years ago, El Baggari founded Voyaj , an international exchange company that seeks to break down cultural stereotypes and foster a sense of global interconnectedness through travel experiences. Voyaj connects people of all ages with others in their destination country who share their interests and values, “in order to have a deeper cultural experience through their lens,” El Baggari explains.

The program, currently being piloted with select communities, has facilitated journeys for its clients to more than 40 countries, including France, Morocco, and the United States. Hosts open their homes to travelers, who then open their hearts and minds to embrace new cultures. The Voyaj process is planned to work through the Voyaj website, where travelers will be able to sign-up, arrange homestays, and share stories about their journeys.

El Baggari’s work at Voyaj, which is currently a venture at the Harvard iLab, is grounded in the belief that when humans from different backgrounds form authentic connections, our increased global understanding can help lead to a more peaceful world. Learning more about how the human mind works while at the Ed School has given her insight into the factors at play when two strangers sit down and form a deep bond, despite their different social contexts — factors she learned anecdotally from her travel experiences. This developmental knowledge, El Baggari believes, will help her understand cross-cultural connections, even when stereotypes, walls, and borders stand in the way.

“It is so important to realize that we aren’t really that different, and that we can embrace any perceived or real differences and identify our commonalities,” she explains.  

When COVID-19 restricted travel, Voyaj created remote opportunities for connection, facilitating online experiences for people around the globe. While these gatherings lack the allure of an international, in-person experience, they have addressed some of the social ills exacerbated by the pandemic like loneliness and isolation. “That’s one of the positive sides of COVID: More communities are looking to connect and to do so more deeply,” says El Baggari. “Because of the isolation, people are eager to meet. These virtual experiences have proven meaningful.”

El Baggari expects the evolution of Voyaj to continue — even as she concurrently focuses on her ultimate travel goal: becoming an astronaut through Space For Humanity’s sponsored citizen astronaut mission. With the support of her global team, she is running pilots for the upcoming Voyaj app, as well working to form partnerships with other exchange and travel organizations in the United States, New Zealand, Morocco, and elsewhere.

El Baggari believes that travel is about more than place. It is about people: the people you see, the people you meet, and the people who change you along the way. “I believe we have the opportunity to learn at every moment from every encounter,” says El Baggari. “We’re here, and alive! We’ve got to connect, to open and share our cultures, and realize who we truly are.”

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Leaving your own four corners and setting out into the world is the best decision you’ll ever make. Here’s why.

Here are the 10 most important reasons for why travel is the best education:

1. Traveling is discovering

Humans; we’re a diverse bunch, happily inhabiting practically every corner of the globe. We’ve all grown up differently and developed individual cultures and traditions, on national and local scales. Moving around the world and travelling to different places means discovering new and beautiful cultures, learning about ancient belief systems and hearing fascinating stories about life in different environments from the people who actually live there.

2. Traveling is exploring

Hike to the very top of mountains to soak in staggering views; wander slowly through winding cobbled streets in search of the best hidden coffee shops; discover ornate architecture and ancient churches. Every single place you travel to will be unique and just waiting to be explored – meaning there’s always a whole host of different memories just waiting to be made.

3. Traveling is feeling

At some point on your travels you’re likely to feel excited, anxious, exhilarated, homesick and delighted. Through the ups and the downs, travelling can be a serious emotional roller coaster – in the best way possible. But, once you’ve experienced traveling and felt that sense of wonder when you step out to explore a new city or place for the first time, your heart and soul will ache for more.

4. Traveling is independence

Travelling is real world experience. This is learning to fly the nest and look after yourself, realising that you can solve problems and survive on your own, and learning to believe that you’re ready for anything life might throw at you. You’re strong, and you’ve got this!

5. Traveling is connecting

Building connections between fellow travellers, study abroad classmates and host families whilst you travel not only enriches your experience, it grows your network. Make the effort to connect with the people around you as you never know what opportunities it might lead to. (Plus, forming ten good friendships across the globe gives you ten more reasons to travel in the future!)

6. Traveling is understanding

When you’ve tucked into tapas with locals in Barcelona, helped protect the turtles that nest on the beaches of Costa Rica or spent a month living in fast-paced New York, you become part of a special club of people who can see the world differently. You’ve experienced things outside of your home environment and you’ve seen that every country and community is unique. You understand that it’s the differences between our lives that make us interesting, but it’s the laughter, the stories and the values that we share that remind us that we’re all still a little bit the same. You get it.

7. Traveling is studying

Study abroad courses are a fantastic way to combine your travels with educational growth, especially if you’re learning a new language. Experts agree that one of the fastest ways to become fluent in a foreign tongue is to move abroad; you learn quickest whilst living immersed in the language.

8. Traveling is communication

You’re used to chatting in your native language, of course, but traveling abroad means learning to really communicate. You’ll learn a new language much faster than in your hometown if you’re speaking to locals every day and you’ll soon pick up ways of communicating using hand gestures, facial expressions, and local colloquialisms too, not just your curriculum vocabulary.

9. Traveling is challenging

It can be intimidating if you’ve not traveled often before or if you’re jetting off to a part of the world which you’ve never been to, but that makes it more rewarding. Set yourself a goal, perhaps of dancing the tango in Buenos Aires or walking underneath the cherry tree blossom in Tokyo, and do your research to figure out how to make that a reality. It’s like a big problem-solving exercise, except abroad and exciting.

10. Traveling is learning

Far from just an opportunity to make academic study an exciting experience, traveling is a fantastic way to learn more about yourself, and living abroad has been proven to create a stronger, healthier sense of self . Often travel experiences allow you to find answers to the age-old questions, ‘Who are you?’ and ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ and help you shape your perfect future.

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The Benefits of Travel in Education

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Travel in education provides an opportunity for subconscious learning. Every aspect of travel teaches children new skills, ones they are unlikely to gain and practice in the usual school routine. Not all children get the opportunity to travel in their personal lives and it is our responsibility as educators to ensure those who want to, can.

Travel is not only important for education purposes but also for building character. by encouraging students to experience travel, we are allowing all students to become ‘world citizens’. here are some more benefits of travel in educating children and young adults:, teaching responsibility.

When travelling with children, no matter how organised the trip is, there is a certain level of trust placed in the group to take responsibility. 

Just from one experience, children can learn or practice multiple skills like time keeping, street safety, organisation and more. By placing your trust in the students in real-life settings, you can encourage independent and responsible behaviour.

Experiencing Different Cultures 

In the every-day routine of school, children can live relatively sheltered lives even up to the age of 18. Travel in education can prepare students for the wider world and therefore allow them to embrace more opportunities in confidence.

Exposing students to different cultures allows them to respect and understand the world as a whole, rather than in segregation or isolation. It creates ‘world citizens’ who don’t feel confined by borders or conventions, and therefore will be able to thrive in later life.

Language Learning

We all know by now that being immersed in a language is one of the most effective ways of learning. Without travel in education, authentic bilingual conversation is near impossible. Having an opportunity to practice a language in the country can also be inspiring, and motivate the students to continue their studies.

When you are visiting or working in a different country in almost all scenarios there will be a need to learn new vocabulary of the language, therefore students can learn organically through these experiences.

Building Strong Relationships

The highs and lows of a school trip inevitably bond the students and teachers. These relationships are incredibly important in building trust and therefore creating an environment where children can learn confidently.

The shared experiences of travel create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. The happier the children, the happier the teacher and the school.

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Educational Travel: Learning Vacations for Solo Travelers

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November 25, 2019 by Janice Waugh

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Educational travel is on the rise, especially in the 20-something category.

But don't leave any generation out. People of all ages are planning learning vacations.

Planning your trips around what you want to learn is a great way to choose a destination and enrich your travel experience.

For solo travelers, educational travel (taking classes for a day or a month or more while away from home) is about much more than the education. It's also about the community that you enter and the friendships that can be formed with people who share your interests.

Educational travelers seek authentic ways to experience a destination. They enjoy learning new things while getting closer to the culture they're exploring. I've taken my curiosity with me on many trips and done a lot of learning along the way.

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A Primer on Educational Travel

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First, let's define educational travel.

  • Educational travel can mean many things. It might mean studying abroad or within your own country. As a traveler, it could mean taking an intensive course on a language or a particular subject like archaeology. You travel to where your subject of interest is part of the culture. You might study art history in France or cooking in Italy so that the experience goes beyond the classroom. Educational travel can also mean taking a day class in a particular topic to develop new skills and knowledge.
  • Who are educational travelers? Educational travelers are curious. They don't just want to see things like the Eiffel Tower. They want to understand who were the players that got it built, why so much was invested into building the tower, and what technical feats were overcome to build it. In other words, they want to understand the social, economic, and cultural context of the creation of the tower. Maybe this involves taking a history course in Paris or traveling with a tour company that has experts along delivering lectures and answering questions onsite. People who do educational travel want to see the world firsthand and get much more than a few words from a local tour guide.
  • Where do educational travelers go? They go where their interests take them. Spanish can be learned in Spain or South America. There are volunteer opportunities at archaeological sites in dozens of locations around the world. You'll find cooking classes for every cuisine but the best are in their particular place of origin. Educational travelers go where their learning is enriched by being immersed in the context of the subject.
  • How much time is required for educational travel? Time can be a factor. You might need a couple of months or longer for a language course but only a week for a solid introduction to a culinary style.
  • Why is educational travel popular? There is nothing better for the curious traveler than finding ways to deepen their understanding of a particular subject and of the world. It combines the richness of classroom/studio learning with the fun, cultural experience of travel.

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I'm in front of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City where I studied French for a week. 

Tips to Plan the Right Learning Vacation for You

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A learning vacation may take a bit more effort to plan but it is so worth it.

  • Know what inspires you . What do you want to learn? What skill, art form, or academic study have you always wanted to pursue but have not managed to completely fulfill? What do you want to learn that would be better learned in a specific culture? Knowing your inspiration is step one. It is also likely the easiest step for the person wanting to travel to learn.
  • Choose your destination(s) based on what  you want to learn. Perhaps there are a few possible destinations. If you want to learn a language there could be many country destinations. If you want to learn how to cook Indian food, you'll need to decide what kind, as there are regional variations which could dictate your specific destination within the country.
  • Choose what you'll learn based on the destination you want to visit. Look at your destination in terms of its specialties. Do your learning goals and your dream destination fit? Research the educational opportunities in your desired destination. For example, perhaps you want to develop your cooking skills and you want to visit the vineyards in Bordeaux. See if you can find a cooking school in the Bordeaux region.
  • Find specialty sites for your interest. Looking for an archaeological dig? Here's a list of volunteer opportunities to work beside archaeologists around the world. The same company has many different volunteer opportunities but please be aware, these volunteer trips have a price just like all travel. You could also look into the travel programs from  Roadscholar.org (for boomers and retirees). You can go directly to the university of your choice. Here are Oxford University's offerings in the summer of 2020 . You can use a site like Academic Courses to find options for hundreds of universities and colleges around the world.
  • One-day classes rather than multi-day courses. I have not yet found a good international site for truly educational one-day classes. Most sites like Viator offer tours and activities and are low on the educational options. This is where it's important to choose your destination based on what you want to learn and then dig into the Google results for options based on  your interest and destination.
  • Use discussion forums for your areas of interest. If you love cooking, go to a site like  Chowhound.com which is organized geographically to find the best cooking schools in an area. This is also where TripAdvisor, a site I don't typically recommend, shines.
  • If you'll be at your destination for a while , use Meetup.com to find people who share your interests and then ask them for recommendations on classes to take.

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I took a short pottery class at La Bisbal d’Empordà, Spain. A great educational travel experience.

Stories about Educational Travel

Here are some of the learning vacations Tracey and I have taken.

  • Learnings and Landings in the High Arctic
  • Cooking Class and Dinner in Rome
  • How to Chautauqua: Your Guide to a Summer of Learning and Fun
  • Solo in Prague: Blurred Borders in a Czech Kitchen

“Don't tell me how educated you are. Tell me how much you've traveled.”

It has been attributed to the Prophet Mohammed though that claim has been disputed. Regardless of the source educational travel gets you educated and well traveled.

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Education matters. Learning is important for all people, whether they are 1 or 100. There are many around the world that do not have access to the education that is necessary to understand how governments, societies, economies, ecosystems, and relationships work across the world. This basic knowledge of these various systems is essential to contributing and thriving in the world today.

Educated people help lift the countries in which they live. According to one study “[e]ducation stimulates economic growth and improves people’s lives through many channels, namely: by increasing the efficiency of the labor force and thus increasing an individual’s earning potential, by fostering democracy and thus creating better conditions for good governance, by improving health and reducing fertility, by enhancing equality, and so on.” Education can positively influence individuals, but it can also positively influence communities, societies, and the world.

There is no denying that education is important generally, but there is also no denying that primary education, or elementary school education, is exceptionally important. Primary education has a higher rate of giving back to the country, especially in developing countries. One study found that “the rates of return to education are higher for primary education, than for further education, and that primary education contributes more to economic growth in less developed countries than in developed countries.”

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Pay of teachers in the United States has been a topic of debate for decades. There are many that believe teachers should be paid more. Some countries around the world have stepped up to show how much teachers mean to the communities by paying them well. Teachers in countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, and Austria are some of the highest paid in the world. It is not surprising that countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Korea, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands rank in the top countries based on education rankings .

Teachers are not all paid equally around the world. With regard to developed countries, the lowest paid teachers are in Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary. Other countries that rank among the lowest paid teachers are Chile, Brazil, and Indonesia.

Teachers in developing countries are paid even less than teachers in developed countries comparatively but are paid well when compared to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in which they teach. The pay of the teacher also depends on if they work in the private or public sector.

Teachers may not have the incentive to put their heart, soul, and training into full practice if they are not compensated fully. An excellent teacher makes a difference in the lives of their students. The quality of a teacher can make or break the education of a classroom full of students and can have lasting effects on the community and world at large (as will be further discussed below).

Classroom Sizes

There is a great deal of debate as to whether the number of children in a classroom affects the student’s ability to learn. Malcolm Gladwell points out in his book David and Goliath that there have been studies that indicate that there is a “sweet spot” for the number of students in a classroom. Various developed countries have long held that smaller classroom sizes are best for the students because the teachers can give more individualized attention.

Whether a classroom size matters or not, developed countries that put high attention on education often have smaller classroom sizes, while countries that do not put as high a premium on education have larger classroom sizes . With regard to more developed countries Brazil and Chile are among the largest class sizes of thirty-two and twenty-seven, respectively. The lowest classroom sizes are in Norway and Portugal, nine and eight, respectively. In under-developed countries, such as Ethopia, have over sixty students per teacher. (teacher shortage) As will be discussed further below, with a less than 55% qualified teacher rate in Ethiopia, the number of students per qualified teacher in Ethiopia is over 120.

Deference Shown to Teachers

Teachers are not given the respect they deserve in many countries. As discussed, education can shape the lives of individuals and can color communities and countries in long-lasting ways. Proper education is extremely important, and teachers should be given the at least level of deference needed to help support proper education.

There are certain collectivist countries like China and Malaysia that usually show the greatest respect to their teachers. Israel and Brazil rank the lowest for respect towards teachers. Countries that tend to be more individualist, like the United States and United Kingdom, rank in the middle of developed countries for respect for teachers .

Teacher Absenteeism and Lack of Teacher Involvement

While, in America and most developed countries, it is almost inconceivable to think that teachers would just not show up for class absent an emergency, there is an issue in some countries of teachers being absent from the classroom, and even the school. Countries like Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania have a problem with teacher absenteeism. In 2017, a study showed that in Mozambique teachers were absent from the school 45% of the time and absent from the classroom 56% of the time and in Uganda teachers were absent from the school 28% of the time and from the classroom 57% of the time.

For these countries the same study showed a low percentage of time spent on teaching. This could be due to the fact that the teachers are often absent from the classrooms, but the percentages show a greater amount of time not spent teaching than the amount of days the teachers were absent from the classroom. For Mozambique the average percentage of time spent on teaching is 39.46%, for Uganda 42.03%, and for Tanzania 55.21%. These students are not gaining what they could from the teachers if the teachers were present and teaching.

This essentially means that students do not even have a teacher in the classroom over half of the time, and teachers are not teaching for a percentage of the time they are in the classroom. There is room to teach classroom techniques and other pedagogical techniques to these teachers so that students may receive the best education possible.

Where Do We Go from Here?

The differences between countries and their treatment, respect, and pay of teachers are apparent from the statistics above. This is the information that is needed to show the foundation and starting point of where the world sits with our educators. We can do better as a global society.

The world is deficient in the number of teachers necessary to teach the number of children around the world. According to one study , the world will need almost 69 million more teachers by 2030. Most countries will achieve the number of teachers they need, but there are many that will not. Countries such as African Republic, Mozambique, Uganda, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Myanmar are not on track to have the number of teachers needed by 2030.

There is much work that needs to be done to educate the world properly. The benefits of a good teacher are immeasurable. Teachers that are properly trained, educated, and desire to teach can make monumental differences in students’ lives. This is something that seems intuitive, but the statistics back up this idea.

Research by Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff supports the idea that teachers are incredibly important in how student perform. A high-quality teacher can improve the results of students and the presence of a low-quality teacher can negatively impact the results of students. This study concludes that it is apparent through the data that the dispersion in teacher effects is substantial. These results imply that higher-quality teachers can raise a student’s test score significantly.

The old adage that “children are our future” is absolutely true, but the teacher that teach those children are an important part of how the children are taught to become the future. A good teacher, that has the ability to give their attention to all of their students, is paid well enough to not have to worry about their ability to support themselves and their families, and is given the respect they deserve, will change the world. One student at a time.

Students Learning Through Travel

Travel can help individuals expand their world view, help individuals learn beyond their normal situations, and help individuals gain experiences over theories. When students, especially teenaged students, have the ability to go learn outside of their normal day-to-day lives, they can gain an appreciation for people, cultures, and situations other than their own. This leads to greater compassion and understanding.

Expanding World Views

Traveling is an excellent form of education. Traveling to a foreign country and to different parts of one’s own country helps individuals understand various cultures and the common ground that unites different types of people. When students who are kept in their own neighborhood or small town and do not have the opportunity to see any other types of cultures, people, or places will have a difficult time understanding others.

Looking to the cultural ideologies and art of various countries and sub-cultures there may be differences, but there are similarities as well. The love of nature, art, and ancestral respect are all similarities between many cultures.

By seeing the differences and similarities in and understanding various cultures, people can start to understand how they can best contribute to the world. This is especially true for teenagers because they are able to start young and help their worldview form around that knowledge. When people can contribute to the world based on a variety of experiences it makes the world a better place for all.

Learning Beyond Normal Day-To-Day Situations

When an individual is able to get out of their routine and discover something outside of themselves, there is an enormous space created to learn. The individual can learn compassion for the lives of others, learn about themselves, and gain transformative learning experiences to become a better world citizen.

When it is discovered that people are just people, no matter where they live or what they look like, prejudice will subside. Knowing how people interact will help the global community become closer and greater understanding between peoples.

In a study in 1938, one of the pioneers of the idea of learning through experience, “proposed that knowledge and skills that a person learns in one situation can help them to understand and react to subsequent experiences.” Experiential learning has been defined as “meaningful discovery” by Boydell in 1976. Experiential learning is “when learners uncover knowledge on their own, through perceptual experiences and insights, usually as the result of a personal experience.”

Travel can be used as a catalyst to experiential learning, or meaningful discovery, for everyone. These experiences can be combined with “ perception, cognition, and behavior to create learning .” A person can change for the better when these ingredients come together. People could even transform with these experiences. One study found that “the changing viewpoints in the traveling student to be akin to transformative learning.” When there is the ability for true, deep, and lasting change and learning a person can become a better version of themselves and change the world.

Experiences Over Theory

Students can learn about history, culture, and art from a textbook, but there is more that can be learned through experience. When a person is able to travel to the historic landmarks, explore the city’s cultures, and see the artistic marks on a city or country there is greater learning that happens beyond reading. Museums, buildings, and other sites can lead to deeper understanding of what happened in a city, how it happened, and how the society has been shaped by those events.

It has been suggested that what one learns about history through textbooks is deviated from reality. When able to talk with locals and walk through the streets of a city one can understand history in a greater and more accurate way. Having these experiences can help individuals, especially students, gain a different perspective.

Humanitarian Trips to Bolster Education

Humanitarian trips can be used to better the world and allow those who go on the trip to gain further knowledge about cultures. Humanitarian trips can also be considered a failure because there are no systems that are set up to make sure that the “help” that is given continues. When an organization plans a humanitarian trip there has to be more than a quick “band-aid.” There must be a way to instill long term change that will truly help the community and the culture where an organization chooses to go.

There are also certain standards an individual should look for when deciding to volunteer. Individuals should volunteer and help the global community in whatever way they feel passionate about but traveling can also help that person grow and gain something for themselves. As mentioned above, traveling can help a person to learn and immerse in culture, but there are greater benefits when that person can go and serve as well.

How an Organization Can Truly Help

A story is related by Miriam Adeney in “When the Elephant Dances, the Mouse May Die” that was told to her by an African friend:

“Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, ‘Mouse, let’s have a party!’ Animals gathered from far and near. They ate. They drank. They sang. And they danced. And nobody celebrated more and danced harder than Elephant. After the party was over, Elephant exclaimed, ‘Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!’ But Mouse did not answer. ‘Mouse, where are you?’ Elephant called. He looked around for his friend, and then shrank back in horror. There at Elephant’s feet lay Mouse. His little body was ground into the dirt. He had been smashed by the big feet of his exuberant friend, Elephant. ‘Sometimes, that is what it is like to do mission with you Americans,’ the African storyteller commented. ‘It is like dancing with an Elephant.’”

In the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert reference this story. The authors point out people who go on humanitarian trips need to integrate into the cultures and systems of the communities they are helping. If volunteers come in as an independent organization or as an outsider, the work that is done will not be incorporated into the communities.

Humanitarian trips can be exceptionally helpful when there is true development with the community, rather than rehabilitation to “fix” something that appears wrong to an outsider’s perspective. These types of trips are typically one to two weeks in length. This amount of time will not do the work that needs to be done. These short-term trips must be part of a long-term development approach that is supported by local organizations that will help move the cause along, even when there is no one there volunteering from an organized nonprofit.

The authors of When Helping Hurts also point out that an organization will do the best on a humanitarian trip, especially over the long term, when the community has asked for help. Once the community has asked for help or reached out, then the people from the community should also determine what the volunteers on the trip will do. There should be a plan to not simply go into a community, “help” that community, and then leave. With resources and assistances from people in that community there will be longer lasting change and greater outcomes.

How Humanitarian Trips Benefit Volunteers

Those who volunteer can benefit from humanitarian trips as well. Before an individual volunteers they should ask questions and get information about the trip. One should research the organization thoroughly before deciding to go on a trip with that organization. A person should understand both their own motivation and the objective of the organization where they are looking to volunteer.

An individual should look for organization where the program promotes local self-sufficiency. If an organization is well-connected with the local organizations in the country or area they are supporting that is a good sign. Local presence of people who are willing to help the organization after the volunteers are gone will help to better ensure the success and value of the work. Local presence can also help a person with their experience because the help will be received well and will continue on.

One of the best things a person can do is to look for an organization that can use their expertise and experiences to better their organization and cause. If a person takes their experience and knowledge to help a cause, it can help communities, countries, and the world. Giving and gaining perspective is one of the purposes to these types of humanitarian trips.

Volunteer opportunities also give a person the opportunity to see the world and gain a view of something outside of their normal life. This is similar to how students can learn through travel. This is true of humanitarian volunteers as well. If a volunteer is able to provide service in a community the volunteer can also explore, gain experiences, and see the community or country through the eyes of a local. This is when a volunteer can become a traveler, not just a tourist.

Gaining a new perspective is one of the greatest positive impacts a humanitarian trip can have on an individual. There are so many things that people can get caught up in when they are busy in their own lives. Volunteering in another country can be life changing. There are people who have their vision of the world broadened and have a better understanding and appreciation for different cultures, peoples, and situations.

There are many other positive benefits from giving back and focusing on others. A person can reduce their stress level and can contribute to your overall sense of satisfaction with your life. Volunteering can help you gain an additional sense of purpose, keep you active, connect with people, and according to some studies can even help you live longer.

Education Through Travel is working to help people over all these areas. Our mission is to help people gain the education necessary to become better world citizens. This can apply to those who are teachers, being taught, students, volunteers, or those who are asking for assistance. Helping teachers teach teachers, students learn through travel and experience, and to build up communities through humanitarian trips are the three main initiatives of Education Through Travel. It is our greatest desire to move these causes forward in the correct way to help the most people.

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Educational tours faq, q. what are educational tours.

Educational tours are study trips made to provide immersive learning experiences that go above and beyond the traditional classroom. At EduTravel, our tours take students to exciting destinations that elevate the learning in a particular course, offering students the chance to explore new cultures and environments, resulting in a deeper learning experience that has real-world implications – all while earning high school credits and coming away with a lifelong love of learning and travel.

Q. What are the benefits of educational tours?

In short, travel education programs lead to immersive experiential learning that stays with a student long after the trip is complete. Students gain an authentic understanding of the world on educational tours; hands-on learning encourages critical thinking and cultural awareness and often leads to a more passionate, exciting learning experience! Our tours have been built from the ground up to combine curriculum enhancement with adventure, leading to an engaging and memorable learning experience. Our educational travel programs also offer students the chance to explore the destination in their free time under the guidance of our qualified staff.

Q. What does ‘travel for credit’ mean?

Just like it sounds, it means that students get to travel the world while earning high school credits that will set them up for success and get a leg up on completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. These credits are universally recognized by school boards and private schools, and are a great tool to help students reach their academic goals. Think of it as a fun, exciting way to complete a high school education or add a credit to their transcript.

Q. Are student travel programs safe?

Our trips are the perfect combination of allowing students to gain a sense of independence and a taste for post-secondary life, while still being in a structured and safe environment. Safety is our number one priority. Each group is led by certified educators and follows strict safety procedures so that students are cared for at all times. Our educators and trip leaders are seasoned professionals who have often completed these trips dozens of times – you can rest easy knowing that your child is in good hands.

Q. What destinations offer trips?

You can choose from a variety of different destinations, each chosen for its combination of educational value as it relates to the course of study and excitement factor. From historical sites in Europe to beautiful vistas in South America, our student travel programs are highly curated to bring the subject matter to life and to offer something for everybody. Every destination offers students the opportunity to travel to a faraway place that has a unique connection to the subject. For instance, we offer travel education programs on biology in the Galapagos Islands, where students can see and feel exactly what Darwin experienced all those decades past.

Q. How can I enroll in a travel for credit program?

Easy – visit our website, choose from our program options, and follow the enrollment process. Our team is ready to assist with any questions you may have. See below in the FAQ for a full list of our educational travel programs.

Q. Do all student travel programs at EduTravel offer credits?

Yes! Every single one of our student travel programs offers high school credits crafted around ensuring students meet their learning objectives.

Q. How are the trips structured?

Our educational tours balance academic learning with cultural exploration. Each day includes educational activities, guided tours, cultural immersion opportunities and personal time for socializing and completing coursework.

Q. What support is provided during travel for credit tours?

During our trips, students get full support from Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Principals and Tour Directors, whether the help they need is academic, logistical, or emotional – we have amazing, caring staff members who support students throughout the trip.

Q. Is financial assistance available for Travel for Credit programs?

One of EduTravel’s core values is “total inclusiveness” which makes these programs equitable, accessible and inclusive. EduTravel offers an extensive bursary program that we run internally and offers thousands of dollars dedicated to assisting families that otherwise could not access our programs. No application that is submitted is denied funding. For a bursary application please email [email protected]

Q. Does everyone get a good grade?

It’s important to remember that this is still school – the classroom may have the Colosseum as the backdrop instead of a blackboard, but the focus of our student travel programs is education. That said, students often find it easier to excel when on our trips. Why? We’ve found over the years that the lower student-educator ratio helps make sure that every child is given the appropriate amount of attention they need to help them learn concepts at their own pace. What’s more, educators can alter their teaching strategies to better meet their students and their preferred learning styles. And here’s something we all know – when learning is fun, it’s a lot easier to retain the information you’re acquiring. Reading about Darwin’s trip through the Galapagos Islands and actually setting foot on them are vastly different experiences, and experiencing it firsthand really helps connect students to what they’re learning, creating a tangible and memorable learning experience that’s far less esoteric and far more relatable.

Q. Why choose EduTravel’s educational tours?

We are Canada’s leading Travel for Credit operator for a reason. We have issued over 12,000 credits with an immaculate track record of safety and student success! EduTravel for Credit has years of experience creating experiences that blend academic excellence with breathtaking travel experiences and total cultural immersion – all supported by a dedicated team of educators who have a passion for the subject, the location, and teaching in general!

Q. Does EduTravel offer financial assistance?

At EduTravel, we are deeply committed to making sure our programs are equitable and accessible to everyone, regardless of differing financial situations. We embrace the principle of total inclusiveness and are proud to offer a comprehensive bursary program. This is key to making our educational tours equitable and open to all, providing substantial financial support to families in need. To apply for a bursary, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Q. How can I sign up?!

Signing up for an EduTravel program is a breeze! Simply visit the Contact Us page on our website for specific inquiries or join one of our free virtual information sessions to learn more about the programs we have on offer. At EduTravel, we are passionate about transforming the learning experience into a life-shaping, eye-opening, perspective-granting journey. Start your EduTravel adventure today by reaching out.

See below for a full list of our programs:

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  • Art History in Europe – Grade 11/12
  • Civics and Careers in Ottawa, Montreal, and New York City – Grade 10
  • Environmental Studies in the Dominican Republic – Grade 11/12
  • Fashion in New York City – Grade 12
  • Hospitality and Tourism in Orlando – Grade 11/12
  • International Business in New York City – Grade 12
  • Photography in Europe – Grade 11/12
  • The New Yorker (Interdisciplinary Studies) – Grade 11/12
  • World Religions in New York City – Grade 11
  • Ski BC (Recreation & Healthy Active Living Leadership) – Grade 12
  • Bon Appétit in Europe (Food and Culture/Nutrition and Health) – Grade 11/12

Summer Programs

  • Biology in Fiji – Grade 11/12
  • Environment and Resource Management in Fiji – Grade 12
  • Social Justice and Tolerance in Central Europe – Grade 11/12
  • Canadian Geography – Grade 9
  • French Connection (French) – Grade 11/12
  • Biology in Ecuador and the Galapagos – Grade 11/12
  • Canadian History in France – Grade 10
  • Data Management in Ecuador and the Galapagos – Grade 12
  • California Dreamin’ (English/Writer’s Craft) – Grade 11/12
  • English in the UK – Grade 11/12
  • NBE Indigenous Voices – Grade 11

Study and Go Abroad

Five Reasons Why Traveling Is The Best Education

You probably will agree that even with teachers, textbooks, and supportive fellow students, classroom education is never enough. The real stuff is learned out there. If you want to learn effectively, therefore, you will have to travel the world and discover the things that matter. Every day spent on the road or in a faraway destination is a learning opportunity. Whether you are vacationing on Miami’s sandy beaches, strolling through the streets of Cape Town, or hiking the Andes Mountains, you will always find something new to learn.

Traveling is the easiest escape route from the little spaces you are accustomed to. It is the perfect chance to leave home and see the word. It allows you to broaden your intellectual capacity, interact with new cultures, and get new spiritual education right from its custodians. Seeing and interacting with these experiences first hand will always be more valuable than studying about them in a classroom.

Take, for example, an educational trip to London. You will have a chance to visit Shakespeare’s Globe and see a live performance of a Shakespeare play. Without a doubt, retracing the footsteps of England’s greatest poet is the best way of learning about his works. And if you are on a free walking tour in London , you can always visit the museum and learn firsthand the history of Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Another reason to visit London for educational purposes is to see the British Museum. It is open every day and you won’t be charged a dime to enter. If you take a fully guided tour of the museum, you will have a chance to view special exhibitions and witness unique events that are both educational and exciting. And, speaking of exhibitions, London is home to The Crystal, the largest exhibition of city planning and how metropolitan areas will/should look in the future. If you are a design student, a visit here will give you valuable insights into how technology will affect future cities, particularly architecturally.

There are endless reasons why you should take an educational tour in London and Europe. Here are five proven educational benefits that you’ll accrue by simply traveling around the world.

1. Learning new languages

When you travel abroad, your chance of learning a new language increases significantly. The urge to interact with the locals in their mother tongue will be too compelling to ignore. If you are a linguistics student, you will be able to tap into the language potential that other traveling students bring. You will make new friends from across the world, which means that you will always have someone to help you test and practice your second language proficiency.

2. Exploring cultural differences

The social expectations of different cultures, their cuisines, their political views, and their mannerisms are in most cases different. Exploring these differences opens your mind up and helps you see education from a better perspective. Emotive topics such as racism, slavery, gender violence, civil uprisings, and colonialism are rarely taught in the classroom and when they are taught, most curriculums are biased depending on who developed them. When you listen to stories about such topics from the real victims, your knowledge broadens significantly.

3. Getting a close touch of history

As mentioned above, most curriculums are skewed towards the emphasis of the education system that developed them. At high school, you might have learned about Canadian and European history, but you might know very little about Asia and Africa. The only way of getting a close look at world history and to see it from a different perspective, is through traveling and meeting local people in their natural settings.

4. Gaining better classroom experience

If you take a short-term educational trip with your school/university, you’ll have more chance to  interact with your teachers than when confined in four-walled classrooms. The combination of interaction with your teacher, and with locals in a foreign environment makes for a really cool experiential learning experience, and paves the way for a deeper understanding of the subject when you return to the classroom.

5. Traveling is also a skill

When traveling, you will become more independent.  You’ll learn how to pack light, how to live on a budget, how to take good care of your hygiene and health away from home, and how to improvise on different comfort areas. The simple act of keeping your travel plan together is educational in and by itself.

There is no denying that traveling has a positive impact on anyone’s educational journey. If you are a student, you should always aspire to travel the world and really experience everything you have been taught in class. Why not opt to take an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a university overseas? You won’t regret the decision.

Contributed by: Miranda Mirany

Miranda is an English student graduate. She has a big passion for traveling, and choosing to travel was one of her best decisions. She believes that she can change the world for the better. She works really hard to help people and she is always available for those in need.

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To get the most value out of this important event, you should prepare for it in advance if possible, and follow up afterwards. Here are some tips on how to make the best use of your time at the Study and Go Abroad university fairs:

Before the fair:

  • See which institutions are attending by viewing the  exhibitor list
  • Read the profiles of the institutions that are of direct interest to you; also have a look at the other profiles as well – you may be surprised which university or college offers what you are looking for
  • If you are not sure of what study topic you want to pursue, start with the countries you want to study in; you can sort by country on the  exhibitor listing  (use arrow toggle over ‘country’) and see which schools are located in which countries and explore from there
  • Visit  www.studyandgoabroad.com and find out more about the various countries – you will find country facts and figures under the ‘Study Overseas’ drop down menu – and read up on some articles about student experiences, fields of study, etc.
  • If you already know what you are looking for, bring along your transcripts, portfolio, résumé – whatever you have already on hand to present to the representatives. If you don’t have them, that is okay as well – you will find out what you need once you discuss your plans

During the fair:

  • Use the Fair Guide you will get when you enter to navigate your way around the room
  • Attend the free  seminars : These information sessions are for you to learn in depth about the presentation topics and to ask questions; visit the presenters afterwards at their stands for more details
  • Ask as many questions as you need to; the fair is for you to research and learn about the many institutions in attendance
  • Collect information resource materials from the schools that are of interest to you and from the other service providers
  • Don’t rush through: It is not often that you will have the chance to visit with so many representatives in your city, so take your time!

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  • Read through the materials you collected during the fair
  • Make up a comparison chart of important issues that you extract from the various brochures and websites of different schools of interest to you, to help you with your decisions
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  • Study in Germany/German Academic Exchange: www.daad-canada.ca/en/
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  • Colleges and Institutes Canada: www.collegesinstitutes.ca
  • Study in Australia:  www.studyaustralia.gov.au
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  • Study in Hungary –  http://studyinhungary.hu
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  • Study in New Zealand: www.studyinnewzealand.com
  • Study in Norway: www.studyinnorway.no
  • Study in Scotland: www.scotland.org/study/
  • Study in Spain:  www.studying-in-spain.com
  • Study in Sweden: www.studyinsweden.se

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10 reasons why travel is the best education (and why life without it would be dull)

10 reasons why travel is the best education (and why life without it would be dull)

Leaving your own four corners and setting out into the world is the best decision you’ll ever make. Here’s why.

Here are the 10 most important reasons for why travel is the best education:

1. Traveling is discovering

Humans; we’re a diverse bunch, happily inhabiting practically every corner of the globe. We’ve all grown up differently and developed individual cultures and traditions, on national and local scales. Moving around the world and travelling to different places means discovering new and beautiful cultures, learning about ancient belief systems and hearing fascinating stories about life in different environments from the people who actually live there.

2. Traveling is exploring

Hike to the very top of mountains to soak in staggering views; wander slowly through winding cobbled streets in search of the best hidden coffee shops; discover ornate architecture and ancient churches. Every single place you travel to will be unique and just waiting to be explored – meaning there’s always a whole host of different memories just waiting to be made.

3. Traveling is feeling

At some point on your travels you’re likely to feel excited, anxious, exhilarated, homesick and delighted. Through the ups and the downs, travelling can be a serious emotional roller coaster – in the best way possible. But, once you’ve experienced traveling and felt that sense of wonder when you step out to explore a new city or place for the first time, your heart and soul will ache for more.

4. Traveling is independence

Travelling is real world experience. This is learning to fly the nest and look after yourself, realising that you can solve problems and survive on your own, and learning to believe that you’re ready for anything life might throw at you. You’re strong, and you’ve got this!

5. Traveling is connecting

Building connections between fellow travellers, study abroad classmates and host families whilst you travel not only enriches your experience, it grows your network. Make the effort to connect with the people around you as you never know what opportunities it might lead to. (Plus, forming ten good friendships across the globe gives you ten more reasons to travel in the future!)

6. Traveling is understanding

When you’ve tucked into tapas with locals in Barcelona, helped protect the turtles that nest on the beaches of Costa Rica or spent a month living in fast-paced New York, you become part of a special club of people who can see the world differently. You’ve experienced things outside of your home environment and you’ve seen that every country and community is unique. You understand that it’s the differences between our lives that make us interesting, but it’s the laughter, the stories and the values that we share that remind us that we’re all still a little bit the same. You get it.

7. Traveling is studying

Study abroad courses are a fantastic way to combine your travels with educational growth, especially if you’re learning a new language. Experts agree that one of the fastest ways to become fluent in a foreign tongue is to move abroad; you learn quickest whilst living immersed in the language.

8. Traveling is communication

You’re used to chatting in your native language, of course, but travelling abroad means learning to really communicate. You’ll learn a new language much faster than in your home town if you’re speaking to locals every day and you’ll soon pick up ways of communicating using hand gestures, facial expressions and local colloquialisms too, not just your curriculum vocabulary.

9. Traveling is challenging

It can be intimidating if you’ve not travelled often before or if you’re jetting off to a part of the world which you’ve never been to, but that makes it more rewarding. Set yourself a goal, perhaps of dancing the tango in Buenos Aires or walking underneath the cherry tree blossom in Tokyo, and do your research to figure out how to make that a reality. It’s like a big problem-solving exercise, except abroad and exciting.

10. Traveling is learning

Far from just an opportunity to make academic study an exciting experience, travelling is a fantastic way to learn more about yourself, and living abroad has been proven to create a stronger, healthier sense of self . Often travel experiences allow you to find answers to the age old questions, ‘Who are you?’ and ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ and help you shape your perfect future.

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Published: December 13, 2023

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Introduction

Welcome to the exciting world of travel and tourism education! Teaching travel and tourism is not only a rewarding career choice, but it also plays a vital role in shaping the future of the industry. Travel and tourism education equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate this dynamic and multi-faceted field.

As the travel industry continues to grow and evolve, the demand for well-trained professionals is on the rise. This is where travel and tourism education comes in. Whether it’s guiding students in understanding the cultural, social, and economic impact of tourism, or teaching practical skills such as travel planning and hospitality management, educators play a crucial role in preparing the next generation of travel professionals.

In addition to preparing students for a future career in the industry, teaching travel and tourism also helps foster a sense of global citizenship and cultural awareness. Through interactive and engaging learning experiences, students gain a deeper understanding of the world, its diverse cultures, and the importance of sustainable travel practices.

Throughout this article, I will explore key concepts in travel and tourism education, effective teaching strategies, available learning resources, assessment methods, as well as the challenges and solutions in teaching travel and tourism.

So whether you’re an experienced travel and tourism educator looking for new ideas to enhance your teaching or someone considering a career in this field, this article will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips to make your travel and tourism education journey a successful one.

Importance of Teaching Travel and Tourism

Teaching travel and tourism is not just about imparting knowledge and skills; it is about shaping future industry professionals and creating a positive impact on the global economy and society as a whole. Here are some reasons highlighting the importance of teaching travel and tourism:

  • Economic Impact: The travel and tourism industry is a significant driver of economic growth in many countries. By teaching students about the industry’s economic impact, including job creation, revenue generation, and foreign exchange earnings, educators contribute to building a strong workforce and promoting economic prosperity.
  • Cultural Understanding: Travel and tourism education fosters cultural appreciation and understanding. Through learning about different destinations, customs, traditions, and languages, students develop a deeper appreciation for global diversity. This leads to a more interconnected and tolerant society.
  • Sustainable Practices: In an era of increasing concern for the environment, teaching sustainable travel and tourism practices is crucial. By emphasizing the importance of responsible tourism, such as reducing carbon footprint, preserving natural resources, and respecting local communities, educators help shape environmentally conscious individuals who can contribute to a more sustainable future.
  • Professional Development: The travel and tourism industry offers a wide range of career opportunities. By teaching students about different job roles, industry trends, and necessary skills, educators prepare them for successful careers in travel, hospitality, event management, tourism marketing, and more. This empowers students to pursue their passion and contribute to the growth of the industry.
  • Global Citizenship: Teaching travel and tourism cultivates global citizenship by encouraging students to explore different cultures and engage with diverse communities. This not only broadens their perspective but also develops empathy, cultural sensitivity, and respect for others. It helps students become responsible global citizens who are aware of their impact on the world.

By recognizing and embracing the importance of teaching travel and tourism, educators can empower students to become future industry leaders, promote sustainable practices, and contribute to the growth and development of the sector. Through comprehensive education, students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a fast-paced and ever-evolving industry while making a positive impact on the world around them.

Key Concepts in Travel and Tourism Education

When teaching travel and tourism, there are several key concepts that form the foundation of a well-rounded education. These concepts help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the industry, its impact, and its various components. Here are some essential key concepts in travel and tourism education:

  • Tourism Management: This concept focuses on understanding the principles and practices of managing tourism destinations, attractions, and businesses. Students learn about destination marketing, hospitality management, event planning, tour operations, and sustainable tourism practices.
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism: Cultural and heritage tourism emphasizes the exploration and preservation of unique cultural traditions, historical sites, and tangible and intangible heritage. Students delve into the significance of cultural tourism in promoting understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.
  • Travel and Tourism Marketing: Marketing plays a critical role in the travel and tourism industry. Students learn about marketing strategies, consumer behavior, digital marketing techniques, and destination branding. They explore how marketing can effectively promote destinations and attract tourists.
  • Tourism Policy and Planning: This concept involves understanding the policies, regulations, and planning processes that govern the tourism industry. Students explore the role of governments, organizations, and stakeholders in shaping tourism development and ensuring its sustainability.
  • Sustainable Tourism: Sustainable tourism emphasizes the importance of minimizing negative impacts on the environment, culture, and local communities while maximizing positive socio-economic benefits. Students learn about sustainable practices, responsible tourism, and the role of eco-tourism in preserving natural resources.
  • Customer Service and Experience: The travel and tourism industry heavily relies on delivering exceptional customer service and creating memorable experiences for travelers. Students learn about customer service techniques, hospitality skills, and the importance of personalized experiences to enhance customer satisfaction.

These key concepts provide a comprehensive foundation for students in travel and tourism education. By understanding these essential concepts, students gain a holistic view of the industry, its challenges, and its potential. This knowledge equips them with the necessary skills and insights to excel in various roles within the travel and tourism sector.

Teaching Strategies for Travel and Tourism

Teaching travel and tourism requires a dynamic and engaging approach to ensure students grasp the concepts effectively. Here are some effective teaching strategies to enhance the learning experience:

  • Real-World Case Studies: Use real-world case studies to provide practical examples that connect theory to the industry. This helps students understand how concepts apply in real-life scenarios and encourages critical thinking.
  • Field Trips: Organize field trips to tourism destinations, hotels, or travel agencies to give students firsthand experience of the industry. This not only brings the learning to life but also exposes students to different job roles and operational processes.
  • Guest Speakers: Invite guest speakers from the travel and tourism industry to share their experiences and insights with the students. This offers a valuable opportunity for students to learn directly from professionals and gain insights into industry trends and best practices.
  • Group Projects: Assign group projects that require collaboration and problem-solving. This helps students develop teamwork skills and encourages them to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize technology tools and resources to enhance learning. This can include virtual field trips, online simulations, interactive quizzes, and multimedia presentations. Incorporating technology keeps students engaged and allows for a more immersive learning experience.
  • Role-Playing: Encourage role-playing activities where students take on different roles within the tourism industry. This helps develop their communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Industry Internships: Facilitate internships or work placements in tourism-related organizations to provide students with real-life work experience and develop industry-specific skills. This practical exposure contributes to a well-rounded education and enhances employability.

By employing these teaching strategies, educators can create a dynamic and interactive learning environment that fosters active participation and knowledge retention. It is important to remember that teaching travel and tourism should be a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical application to prepare students for the industry’s demands.

Learning Resources for Travel and Tourism Teaching

When it comes to teaching travel and tourism, utilizing a variety of learning resources can enrich the educational experience and cater to diverse learning styles. Here are some valuable learning resources for travel and tourism teaching:

  • Textbooks and Reference Materials: Utilize textbooks and reference materials specifically designed for travel and tourism education. These resources provide a comprehensive overview of the industry, including concepts, theories, case studies, and best practices.
  • Online Learning Platforms: Explore online platforms that offer specialized travel and tourism courses and learning modules. These platforms often include interactive lessons, quizzes, and discussion forums to facilitate engagement and knowledge retention.
  • Professional Associations and Industry Websites: Many professional associations and industry websites provide access to a wealth of resources such as research papers, industry reports, statistical data, and industry-specific news. These resources can be used to enhance learning and provide the latest industry insights.
  • Industry Events and Conferences: Encourage students to attend travel and tourism industry events, conferences, and trade shows. These events provide opportunities for networking, learning about industry trends, and gaining a deeper understanding of the industry’s current practices and challenges.
  • Documentaries and Videos: Incorporate documentaries and videos related to travel and tourism into your teaching material. These visual resources can bring destinations, cultures, and tourism concepts to life, making the learning experience more engaging and memorable.
  • Online Travel Platforms and Booking Websites: Introduce students to online travel platforms and booking websites such as Expedia or Airbnb. This allows them to explore travel itineraries, compare prices, and understand the role of technology in the travel and tourism industry.
  • Industry Case Studies: Utilize industry case studies to demonstrate real-life examples and challenges within the travel and tourism sector. Analyzing these case studies helps students apply theoretical concepts to practical scenarios and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Social Media and Blogs: Engage with travel and tourism-related social media accounts and blogs. These platforms provide up-to-date information, travel experiences, destination guides, and insights into the latest travel trends. Encouraging students to follow reputable sources helps them stay connected to the industry’s dynamic nature.

By utilizing a diverse range of learning resources, educators can cater to different learning preferences and create a well-rounded learning experience. It is essential to stay updated with the latest industry resources and encourage students to explore the vast array of available materials to foster a deeper understanding of the travel and tourism industry.

Assessment Methods in Travel and Tourism Education

Assessing student learning is a critical component of travel and tourism education. It allows educators to evaluate students’ understanding of key concepts, their ability to apply knowledge to practical scenarios, and their overall proficiency in the field. Here are some common assessment methods used in travel and tourism education:

  • Examinations and Quizzes: Traditional examinations and quizzes are effective in assessing students’ understanding of foundational knowledge and their ability to recall information. These assessments can cover topics such as destination knowledge, industry terminology, tourism management principles, and marketing strategies.
  • Case Studies and Written Assignments: Assigning case studies and written assignments allows students to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. These assessments can involve analyzing tourism development plans, developing marketing strategies for a destination, or evaluating the socio-cultural impacts of tourism.
  • Group Projects and Presentations: Group projects and presentations encourage teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students can be tasked with designing a sustainable travel itinerary, creating a tourism marketing campaign, or presenting a research study on emerging trends in the industry.
  • Practical Assessments and Simulations: Practical assessments involve hands-on activities that demonstrate students’ ability to perform specific tasks related to travel and tourism. This can include role-playing customer service scenarios, managing a simulated travel agency, or creating sample tour packages.
  • Industry Internships and Work Placements: Assessing students during their industry internships or work placements provides an opportunity to evaluate their practical skills and professional conduct in a real-world setting. This can involve supervisor evaluations, reflective journals, and performance assessments.
  • Online Assessments: Online assessments, such as quizzes and interactive modules, can be used to gauge students’ understanding of specific topics or concepts. These assessments can be self-paced and provide immediate feedback, promoting independent learning and knowledge retention.
  • Peer Reviews and Feedback: Incorporating peer reviews and feedback allows students to evaluate each other’s work and provide constructive criticism. This promotes self-reflection, collaboration, and the development of analytical skills.

When selecting assessment methods, it is important to align them with the learning outcomes and objectives of the course. A combination of different assessment methods ensures that students are evaluated on various skills and competencies, including knowledge recall, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and industry-specific skills.

Furthermore, providing timely and constructive feedback to students is crucial. Feedback aids in their learning and growth, allowing them to identify areas for improvement and build upon their strengths. It also helps to encourage engagement and motivate students throughout their travel and tourism education journey.

Challenges and Solutions in Teaching Travel and Tourism

Teaching travel and tourism comes with its own set of challenges, but with the right strategies and solutions, these challenges can be overcome to create an effective learning experience. Here are some common challenges faced in teaching travel and tourism, along with potential solutions:

  • Keeping Pace with Industry Changes: The travel and tourism industry is constantly evolving, with new trends, technologies, and practices emerging. To address this challenge, educators can stay updated with industry news, attend professional development programs, and collaborate with industry experts. This allows them to incorporate relevant and up-to-date information into their teaching methods.
  • Engaging Diverse Learners: Tourism students come from diverse backgrounds and have different learning preferences. To engage these learners, educators can incorporate a variety of teaching strategies, such as case studies, group projects, role-playing activities, and technology-based learning. This ensures that different learning styles and preferences are accommodated, creating a more inclusive and engaging learning environment.
  • Promoting Practical Skills: The travel and tourism industry relies heavily on practical skills. However, teaching these skills can be challenging in a classroom setting. To address this, educators can incorporate hands-on activities, simulations, industry internships, and guest speakers. These practical experiences provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and develop essential skills that are directly transferable to the industry.
  • Fostering Cultural Sensitivity: As travel and tourism involve encounters with diverse cultures, it is important to foster cultural sensitivity among students. Educators can facilitate this by incorporating cultural experiences, promoting respectful interactions, and encouraging open dialogue. Guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds can also provide first-hand insights and help students develop a global perspective.
  • Promoting Sustainable Tourism Education: Sustainable practices in travel and tourism are crucial for the industry’s future. Educators can address this challenge by integrating sustainability into the curriculum through case studies, discussions, and projects. Students can be encouraged to explore sustainable tourism practices and strategies, promoting the importance of responsible tourism and its impact on the environment and communities.
  • Access to Industry Resources: Access to industry-specific resources and networks can be limited in an academic setting. To overcome this challenge, educators can forge partnerships with local tourism organizations, invite industry professionals as guest speakers, and utilize online resources, such as industry blogs, webinars, and research papers. This provides students with exposure to current industry practices and trends.

By recognizing and addressing these challenges, educators can create a more relevant and impactful learning experience for travel and tourism students. Through continuous professional development, engagement with industry partners, and an inclusive teaching approach, educators can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and cultural sensitivity required for successful careers in the dynamic travel and tourism industry.

Teaching travel and tourism is a fulfilling and important endeavor that prepares students for a dynamic and ever-expanding industry. By imparting knowledge, fostering skills, and promoting cultural understanding, educators play a crucial role in shaping future travel professionals and global citizens.

We have explored the importance of teaching travel and tourism, highlighting its economic impact, cultural significance, and role in promoting sustainability and global citizenship. We have also discussed key concepts in travel and tourism education, including tourism management, cultural and heritage tourism, and sustainable practices.

To enhance the learning experience, we have examined effective teaching strategies such as real-world case studies, field trips, and guest speakers. We have also discussed the importance of utilizing diverse learning resources, including textbooks, online platforms, and industry events, to provide a well-rounded education.

Assessing student learning in travel and tourism education is crucial, and we have explored various assessment methods such as examinations, group projects, and practical assessments. These methods enable educators to evaluate students’ understanding and proficiency in the field.

While challenges exist in teaching travel and tourism, we have provided solutions to overcome them. From staying updated with industry changes to fostering cultural sensitivity and promoting sustainable practices, educators can address these challenges through professional development, engaging teaching strategies, and industry partnerships.

In conclusion, teaching travel and tourism is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the industry and inspire students to become well-rounded professionals. By embracing innovative teaching strategies, collaborating with industry partners, and nurturing a passion for travel and cultural understanding, educators can create a transformative learning experience that prepares students for success in the dynamic world of travel and tourism.

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IHVB and OVB attended HTChina’s Travel Mission events at ITB Shanghai and travel trade and media events in Shanghai and Beijing to support HTChina’s sales efforts and relationships, to provide destination specific knowledge and education, to ensure that island messaging and position on destination management was shared, and to meet and kōkua HTChina’s clients with island expertise.     ITB China (Shanghai), May 27-29 .  HTChina’s booth conducted a total of 117 1x1 booking appointments that included 12 appointments for OVB and IHVB. 

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Meetings, May 28 .  HTA, HTChina, State Senator DeCoit, State Representative Quinlan, State Representative Holt, OVB and IHVB met with Spring Group to discuss the potential of adding air routes to Hawai‘i, co-sharing opportunities, and tour packaging opportunities. The Hawai‘i group also met with Ctrips / Trip.com, discussing a travel trade partner event on O‘ahu in 2025.    HTC Networking VIP Dinner in Shanghai, May 28 .  VIP event included guests and clients from the US Consulate Shanghai, major air carriers, top OTAs, wholesalers and travel media that the team from Hawai‘i were able to impact. 24 attendees.   HTC Trade Mission Beijing, May 31 .  Trade event at the US Embassy where IVBs presented to top wholesalers and OTAs, major airlines and travel media. Program comprised of IVB destination presentations, and tradeshow / networking. 56 attendees. 

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HTC & US Embassy VIP Dinner event in Beijing, May 31 . VIP event in Beijing including guests from the US Embassy, major airlines, top OTA’s, wholesalers, travel media and education institutions (Beijing Foreign Language University and Beijing Middle School). 17 attendees.  IPW Conference – Los Angeles, CA – May 3-7, 2024

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  • May 6:  Europe had 32 clients – 15 UK and 17 Germany & Switzerland 
  • May 7:  13 clients each for Korea and China. 
  • Pau Hana events. Unfortunately, it was not easy to gauge how many clients attended.  A maximum of 80 clients were planned for the two days (May 5 & 6). 

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As we transition into retirement and our senior years, our needs and priorities will typically experience a significant shift — as will the challenges we face, from healthcare concerns to financial planning, social engagement and maintaining independence. That's why, during this phase of life, it's crucial to find the right resources and support systems to help navigate these new circumstances.

Recognizing the unique needs of older adults, numerous organizations have emerged to cater specifically to seniors. These groups offer various services, from advocacy and education to discounts and social opportunities. Among these organizations, though, one name stands out: AARP.

AARP describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. But while AARP's name recognition is widespread, many seniors — and even some long-time members — may not be fully aware of the extensive range of benefits and services the organization offers. So, if you're a senior who's been wondering what AARP can offer you, it helps to know some key membership benefits.

Find out how an AARP membership could benefit you here .

There are a few different benefits that seniors can access by joining AARP, including:

Insurance options

Having access to affordable insurance options becomes crucial during your senior years. And, that's one area where AARP shines. AARP offers a variety of insurance options tailored to seniors' needs, including supplemental health insurance, dental and vision coverage, life insurance , long-term care insurance and auto insurance . These insurance options are geared toward providing coverage for conditions that become more common with age, helping seniors maintain comprehensive protection without excessive financial burden.

Explore the many perks that come with joining AARP during your senior years .

Healthcare savings

Many seniors live on fixed incomes , making healthcare expenses a significant concern. But members of AARP can access significant discounts on prescription drugs, hearing aids and vision care, including glasses and contact lenses. These savings can be imperative for seniors living on fixed incomes, as healthcare expenses can be a major concern. And, by reducing the cost of essential health-related items, AARP helps seniors maintain their health and well-being without costing too much.

Travel benefits

Retirement often means more time for travel, but doing so can be expensive. To help, AARP provides travel-related discounts on hotels, rental cars and cruises, as well as a roadside assistance program and travel planning resources. These perks are particularly valuable for retirees, who typically have more time to travel but may be conscious of the related expenses. For example, these discounts can make it more affordable for seniors to explore new places and visit loved ones or offer peace of mind for those who enjoy road trips.

Financial services

Financial security is often a top concern for seniors. AARP members can ensure that their finances are in check by taking advantage of member perks like free financial health check-ups, identity theft protection services, unique credit card options with cashback rewards and discounts on tax preparation services. 

These offerings are beneficial because they help seniors address the financial security concerns many will face during that point in their lives. These services can, for example, help members manage their money more effectively and protect their assets, with identity theft protection being particularly valuable as seniors may be  targeted by scammers .

Technology assistance

In an increasingly digital world, staying connected is vital — and that's equally true for seniors. AARP can help provide that with access to tech support for computers, smartphones and other devices, as well as online learning resources for improving digital skills. This support can be invaluable because it lets seniors navigate new technologies, enabling them to stay in touch with family, access online services and feel more confident in their tech abilities, all of which is crucial for maintaining independence and connectivity.

Entertainment, shopping and dining discounts

AARP members can take advantage of the discounts offered at restaurants and at movie theaters or other entertainment venues. These benefits encourage seniors to stay socially active and engaged, which is crucial for mental health and overall well-being. And, by making outings and cultural experiences more affordable, AARP helps seniors maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

Another benefit that AARP offers is savings at various retailers, both in-store and online, including discounts on groceries and everyday items. These discounts help seniors stretch fixed incomes further, allowing them to maintain their quality of life and afford both necessities and small luxuries. This can make a significant difference in seniors' day-to-day lives and overall financial comfort.

Legal services

Members of AARP also have access to free or discounted legal advice and assistance with estate planning and will preparation. Legal services can be prohibitively expensive, so these benefits make it easier for seniors to handle important legal matters, ensuring their wishes are properly documented and their rights are protected.

Education and career resources

Many seniors choose to work part-time or start new careers in retirement to earn some extra money . AARP can also help in this area. For example, the organization provides access to job boards specializing in age-friendly employers, online courses and skills training and resume review services. Taking advantage of these resources can, in turn, help seniors stay competitive in the job market and find fulfilling work opportunities, which can be financially and personally rewarding.

Fitness and wellness resources

Staying active is crucial for maintaining health and independence as we age, and it can be easier for AARP members to do that, as membership offers them access to gym membership discounts and wellness programs and resources. These perks make it more affordable for seniors to prioritize their physical and mental well-being, encouraging a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Home and auto services

Seniors can also get discounts through AARP on home security systems , moving services and storage and even auto repair discounts. These services address some common needs of seniors, from ensuring home safety to managing moves and maintaining vehicles, often at reduced costs. These benefits can be particularly helpful for seniors who are looking to age in place or those transitioning to new living arrangements.

The bottom line

An AARP membership can offer big benefits to seniors — including, but not limited to, the ones outlined above. So, if you're a senior who's been on the fence about joining, it can be a smart move to make between the discounts, the resources and the other perks an AARP membership offers. 

Angelica Leicht is senior editor for Managing Your Money, where she writes and edits articles on a range of personal finance topics. Angelica previously held editing roles at The Simple Dollar, Interest, HousingWire and other financial publications.

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FACT SHEET: President   Biden Announces New Actions to Keep Families   Together

Since his first day in office, President Biden has called on Congress to secure our border and address our broken immigration system. As Congressional Republicans have continued to put partisan politics ahead of national security – twice voting against the toughest and fairest set of reforms in decades – the President and his Administration have taken actions to secure the border, including:

  • Implementing executive actions to bar migrants who cross our Southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum when encounters are high;
  • Deploying record numbers of law enforcement personnel, infrastructure, and technology to the Southern border;
  • Seizing record amounts of fentanyl at our ports of entry;
  • Revoking the visas of CEOs and government officials outside the U.S. who profit from migrants coming to the U.S. unlawfully; and
  • Expanding efforts to dismantle human smuggling networks and prosecuting individuals who violate immigration laws.

President Biden believes that securing the border is essential. He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country. The Day One immigration reform plan that the President sent to Congress reflects both the need for a secure border and protections for the long-term undocumented. While Congress has failed to act on these reforms, the Biden-Harris Administration has worked to strengthen our lawful immigration system. In addition to vigorously defending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals) policy, the Administration has extended Affordable Care Act coverage to DACA recipients and streamlined, expanded, and instituted new reunification programs so that families can stay together while they complete the immigration process.  Still, there is more that we can do to bring peace of mind and stability to Americans living in mixed-status families as well as young people educated in this country, including Dreamers. That is why today, President Biden announced new actions for people who have been here many years to keep American families together and allow more young people to contribute to our economy.   Keeping American Families Together

  • Today, President Biden is announcing that the Department of Homeland Security will take action to ensure that U.S. citizens with noncitizen spouses and children can keep their families together.
  • This new process will help certain noncitizen spouses and children apply for lawful permanent residence – status that they are already eligible for – without leaving the country.
  • These actions will promote family unity and strengthen our economy, providing a significant benefit to the country and helping U.S. citizens and their noncitizen family members stay together.
  • In order to be eligible, noncitizens must – as of June 17, 2024 – have resided in the United States for 10 or more years and be legally married to a U.S. citizen, while satisfying all applicable legal requirements. On average, those who are eligible for this process have resided in the U.S. for 23 years.
  • Those who are approved after DHS’s case-by-case assessment of their application will be afforded a three-year period to apply for permanent residency. They will be allowed to remain with their families in the United States and be eligible for work authorization for up to three years. This will apply to all married couples who are eligible.  
  • This action will protect approximately half a million spouses of U.S. citizens, and approximately 50,000 noncitizen children under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a U.S. citizen.

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  • President Obama and then-Vice President Biden established the DACA policy to allow young people who were brought here as children to come out of the shadows and contribute to our country in significant ways. Twelve years later, DACA recipients who started as high school and college students are now building successful careers and establishing families of their own.
  • Today’s announcement will allow individuals, including DACA recipients and other Dreamers, who have earned a degree at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in the United States, and who have received an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in a field related to their degree, to more quickly receive work visas.
  • Recognizing that it is in our national interest to ensure that individuals who are educated in the U.S. are able to use their skills and education to benefit our country, the Administration is taking action to facilitate the employment visa process for those who have graduated from college and have a high-skilled job offer, including DACA recipients and other Dreamers. 

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If you spend any time online shopping, chances are you’ve seen buy now, pay later options. As that option has increased in popularity, it’s now spread to the travel industry as well. What’s available in terms of buy now, pay later travel options? Let’s find out.

How do buy now, pay later loans work?

Buy now, pay later options may be referred to in a few different ways. For instance, some may call them point-of-sale loans or installment payment plans. Regardless of the name being used, they all work in essentially the same way.

You can think of buy now, pay later working like any other type of installment plan — usually just on a much smaller scale. It allows you to pay for your purchase with set payments over a period of time, rather than with one lump sum. How long you get to pay off your purchase varies. Some buy now, pay later options are interest-free, but come with a fixed fee.

If you like the idea of a buy now, pay later option for purchases, you might be glad to know that you might even be able to use this for travel.

Buy now, pay later options for travel

When it comes to buy now, pay later travel options, they can take a few different forms — from entire, all-inclusive vacations to something simpler like an airline ticket payment plan.

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There are some sites that have partnerships with hotels, airlines, cruise lines, travel agencies and vacation package providers that allow you to book your entire vacation using a buy now, pay later option. If you go this route, you could be required to pay a deposit when checking out, or you may not be required to pay anything. From there, you can choose from one of the payment plans they offer and possibly sign up for automatic payments or choose to make manual payments each month.

If you’re hoping to find some buy now, pay later flights, there could be options there, too. Some airlines offer payment plans directly, while others partner with third parties to offer this type of option. Many major airlines have a point-of-sales loan option, which could make booking a flight easier if you don’t have one lump sum ready when you book your trip.

Whether you’re planning a big international trip or taking a long weekend nearby, a hotel payment plan may interest you. Some booking sites partner with buy now, pay later lenders, which could allow you to spread your payments over the span of a few months if you choose.

If you’ve been wanting to hit the open seas, there might also be point-of-sales loan options for cruises. Many cruise lines offer payment plans themselves, though there are also third-party sites that let you buy now and pay later, as well.

Buy now, pay later with Chase

If you’re a Chase cardmember, you may already have buy now, pay later features to help manage your budget, including:

Chase Pay Over Time℠ : This allows you to break up purchases you’ve already made into budget-friendly payments and pay it off over time. Chase Pay Over Time could help you manage your expenses before you take your trip (airline tickets, hotel stays, planned excursions), as well as purchases made during your vacation.

My Chase Loan ® : Eligible cardmembers may also have an available My Chase Loan offer, which can give additional flexibility when planning out their travel budget. This feature of Chase credit cards provides a loan using a portion of your credit card’s available credit limit. The loan is deposited to your bank account in as little as one to two business days, giving you the cash you need for life’s planned and unplanned expenses. You can pay it back over time with a fixed APR and duration that works for you.

Pros and cons of buy now, pay later

While paying for a vacation over time rather than all at once might seem like a no-brainer, there are some pros and cons you should consider, including.

  • Less interest: You could end up paying less in interest if you go with a buy now, payer later travel option, compared to other forms of credit. For instance, you’ll likely pay more in interest on your credit card if you pay for travel that way, as there are options for interest-free payment plans when it comes buy now, pay later.
  • More options: Buy now, pay later could be a good option if you have poor or limited credit. While it’s unlikely to help build your credit, it might afford you an option to pay for a trip over time that you may not have had otherwise.
  • Good in emergencies: Point-of-sales loans may be helpful in the case of an emergency that your savings can’t cover or if your funds are otherwise inaccessible. For instance, if your house floods and your insurance won’t provide funding for alternative accommodations upfront, you may be able to use a buy now, pay later hotel option.
  • Could break the budget: Something that you may have thought of as beyond your budget may seem affordable when the price is given to you in smaller increments. It’s important that you work out the total (including any applicable fees or interest) you’ll pay and ensure that you can actually afford to make your payments on time until it’s paid off.
  • Might not help credit: Though point-of-sales loans feel a lot like more traditional credit lines, they might not actually help build your credit. If you have the ability, it may make more sense to use a credit card to pay over time to help ensure your on-time payments are reported to the credit bureaus. Some credit cards also offer rewards on purchases, especially for travel, that you may not get with a buy now, pay later plan.
  • May still have interest: You may still owe interest on buy now, pay later payment plans. Some lenders only add interest fees for longer loans, but these rates can be over 30%.
  • Additional fees: There can sometimes be other fees associated with these plans, too. Some lenders charge a convenience fee per installment, while others may charge fees for things like missing a payment.

Buy now, pay later travel options can be a potential way to make it a bit easier to fit a vacation into your budget. However, it’s important to read the fine print and make sure you understand any applicable interest and fees that you could potentially owe. Take the pros and cons of buy now, pay later into consideration and decide if it’s what works best for you.

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At least 2,240 West Virginia residents traveled out of state to receive an abortion in 2023, primarily to neighboring states with less strict abortion laws.

Among them, 820 residents traveled to Maryland, 600 traveled to Pennsylvania, 590 traveled to Virginia and 230 traveled to Ohio, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that researches reproductive and sexual health.

This coincides with a growing percentage of abortions provided to out-of-state residents in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.

Two years ago today, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade , a 1973 ruling that protected abortion access nationally for decades. The decision allowed states to set their own policies on abortion.

In September 2022, Gov. Jim Justice signed a near-total abortion ban into law , prohibiting abortions outside of medical emergencies or instances when a fetus has no chance of survival.

The law makes some exceptions for some pregnancies conceived through rape or incest, but only until eight weeks of gestation for adults, and 14 weeks of gestation for minors.

New restrictions on abortion in West Virginia led some health care providers to bolster out-of-state reproductive health resources.

Located in Charleston, the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia — previously the state’s only abortion clinic — moved its abortion services from Charleston to Cumberland, Maryland, just two miles away from the state border.

Katie Quiñonez serves as executive director of the Women’s Health Center of Maryland, where the West Virginia facility’s abortion services were transferred.

“We did a market analysis and looked at what health care was available in those counties in mountain Maryland,” Quiñonez told the West Virginia Public Broadcasting podcast Us & Them earlier this year .

“We found that, not only was there not an abortion provider, [but] the nearest abortion providers for people living in mountain Maryland were at least 100 miles away,” she said. “We met directly with folks on the ground … in those communities to determine that, yes, there is a need here.”

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