Is there a tougher time of the school year than returning from the holiday break? For us, the month of January was incredibly slow. Students and teachers alike were, what we call, "slogging" through the days. Amber and I had a busy, but wonderful break with a trip home to see the family and also a quick slip into Canada for our birthdays and anniversary! So now that we've returned to the classroom, to the routine, we catch ourselves looking back at December. But that doesn't mean we haven't busy and looking forward to this year!
Last month, I began working to become a National Geographic Certified Educator! I'm 1/3 of the way through, but it's helped to refine a lot of my instructional practices and re-wire my teaching methodology to continually reach across the curriculum in designing activities and projects for my students.
Plus, we're still focused on this summer! We have one, maybe two, week long PDs all set for Guatemala and, of course, it wouldn't be summer without a beach trip and professional development to Aruba. If you're looking for a different kind of PD experience this summer to call your own, we'd love to have you! Reach out to us with your questions. Let's have an adventure!
Football season? Sweater weather? Pumpkin spice? It must be fall! Ah, what a great time in the American education world. Leaves changing, homecoming games. In Kentucky, Keeneland is in full swing. These were the highlights of the year for us, which gets us a little homesick. But make no mistake, we're rocking it down here in Antigua and have been hard at work at our new school.
What has us really jazzed up is this coming summer! We're excited to announce that we've partnered up with Danna Thomas at Happy Teacher Revolution! Baltimore-based, Danna created HTR with the mission of supporting the mental health and wellness of teachers. We're putting together a wonderful program that takes us back to Aruba in June where Danna will be leading us in activities and training that incorporate her online certification course. Of course, we'll always get a healthy dose of beach and sunshine! (Just ask the STEAM Camp teachers from last summer) The focus on teacher wellness has never been so urgent in the history of education and we feel this is exactly what's needed. Look for the official announcement in the next month for all the details!
We're also excited to say that we just got the green light to organize a program at our school here in Antigua, Guatemala! The board of directors are thrilled about welcoming teachers from abroad. We're playing around with different ideas like tapping into the wealth of opportunities Guatemala has to offer: volcanoes, beaches, Mayan archaeology, cultural exchanges, ESL events, and even another STEAM camp with local students. But, of course, if you have an idea or would like to see something happen in any given curriculum area, please contact us!
We think 2019 is going to be a great year and we hope you come along with us for a great experience that will help you bring your classroom to the next level!
It is now deep into the summer break and we hope everyone is enjoying it and having fun! If you haven't seen it already on our social media, we wrapped up our European tour a couple of weeks ago and are now back in the US visiting with family and friends.
The past 9 months were fantastic and we met with several schools and their administrators as well as language centers, exploring various opportunities. We've learned so much, which has made us continually refocus ourselves and the programs we want to run.
One of the biggest developments is that we are now headed to Guatemala! I (Billy) have accepted a position with Antigua International School, which is located about an hour west of Guatemala City. This is an incredible opportunity at a school that is rapidly growing and ready to experiment for the benefit of their students and teachers alike. Plus, Antigua (a UNESCO heritage site) is a beautiful location with many possibilities for a new program. We fully anticipate putting together something exciting for summer 2019 so make sure to follow along as things develop!
In the meantime, relax and take some time out to focus on you. You deserve it after a long school year! But do us a favor, too. When you're attending those mandatory Professional Development sessions coming up, remember Lessons From Travel. When your alarm goes off early one morning and you trudge off to your school or drive to a PD seminar, remember Lessons From Travel. When you begin to zone out on the speaker and feel that urge to check your phone, remember Lessons From Travel. Remember Lessons From Travel because you could be earning those PD hours while having an exciting adventure vacation that will help bring your classes to another level!
Hi everyone! We are almost a month in to our time in Italy and have been keeping busy with work...along with wine. Amber and I have spent this past week really reflecting on our European travels and work. Little by little, we've been building this brand and making connections in all the places we've been. The best way to put it, is that we've been planting seeds throughout this whirlwind trip we've been on this year. And there's more to do!
Next month, we're excited to say that we'll be heading to Spain for our next destination! We've made contact with a school and language center in Seville that we're really looking forward to meeting with and exploring possible opportunities for the future. In all our talks, be it in Bulgaria, Greece, or (hopefully) in Spain, one thing we've learned is to be open and always be looking for ways to help others. It's the core of why we started Lessons From Travel. We want to help YOU have a stimulating international adventure while simultaneously earning professional development. That's the bottom line.
So while we highlight our travels on our social media or hype up a place like Aruba or Thailand, do know that we have you first and foremost in our intentions. We're definitely enjoying our time while in Europe, but we're also constantly looking and searching for things that will help us design a great program!
To illustrate this point, in our latest video on YouTube, we not only head to Florence for some sightseeing, but do so while also experiencing the train system in Italy. After our weekend there, we can honestly say we'd much rather have you join us on a train ride through Tuscany than rent out a bus or van. It was so fun, cheap, and surprisingly easy to navigate.
But in the meantime, we both wish everyone out there a smooth end to the school year. It's been a long and eventful one with many of our teacher friends sharing with us their stories ranging from snow days to even teacher strikes! Wow! So I'm sure the summer break will be a good one for you all this year. Keep in touch and don't hesitate to contact us with questions and even ideas :) Enjoy the video!
Hello everyone!!! Amber and I are still on the road here in Europe. For the past couple of months we've been sticking to the Balkans region with an extended stop in Bulgaria and now Croatia. Bulgaria was a pleasant surprise for us as we stayed in the capital, Sofia, as well as in the 2019 European Cultural Capital city of Plovdiv. Admittedly, we didn't know much about Bulgaria beyond Cold War politics, but in our time there we discovered a country with a proud past and wonderful traditions.
While in Sofia, Amber and I were able to connect with the international school there, Anglo-American School. It has an incredible campus with a leadership team that is always looking for new areas to explore as well as opportunities for their students. As Sofia was winning us over, we even discussed joining the faculty as AAS! But, alas, it was not meant to be. However, we are going to keep our eyes on the school as it just may be another program opportunity in the future!
So for now, we are a few days into Croatia and there's a lot to explore. In case you forgot, we have been keeping up with our YouTube channel, documenting our travels. It's no Spielberg, but were happy to keep posting shots from our time here. Here's our last one from Bulgaria! Enjoy!
Hey all! We're still hanging in Greece and loving it. After a month in Crete, we packed up and headed to the capital. In this episode we get settled and head out for some sight seeing. Enjoy!