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!
Yes, that's right! We were in contact with a great group over at Goko Travels and they offered us a chance to contribute. With this being our second go at living abroad, we were able to feel like newbies again in our preparations and research. We thought a great article would be to address our old selves back in 2010 when we first experienced living abroad and bring up some tips and advice we've learned over the years.
You can read the article here, but make sure to have a browse of Goko Travels. They're a different kind of travel site.
Also, we're killing it on our social media accounts so give us a follow and share as well!
Hi everyone! No, we haven’t forgotten about you :) We hope your school year has been a good one. Now that Fall Break has come for a lot of us, it's time to rest, relax, and recharge. A lot has happened in the past couple of months here at Lessons From Travel. We’re excited for a new chapter in our development and can’t wait to share it. In the weeks ahead, you’ll be seeing a lot of changes and additions from us. We’re not calling it a “re-launch,” but it’s along those lines.
The biggest among these changes is our relocation to Greece! We’re getting back to what we love and think Greece has a lot of potential as a new destination for a program. One of our goals is to be more in-depth with you, giving our audience a more transparent look at our travel and the programs we’re putting together. We get a lot of questions from people wanting to know more about what we do and how we do it. Therefore, we want to get better at providing information as well as cultivate relationships with all of you!
So enjoy your much needed time off. Maybe consider your plans for next summer? Currently, we have a rough outline for Thailand/Cambodia. We'll be skyping with our partners in SE Asia this weekend to, hopefully, put the final touches on that program. So exciting! Also, we will be completing the next step in our pursuit of becoming a non-profit. Anything to help all of you with program costs, right? And of course, don't forget about Aruba! The pull of the beach is always a strong one.
And as always, follow us on our social media accounts for updates and the Greek adventure starting this month!
Unfortunately, it appears summer is coming to a close. But what a summer it was! From our earlier posts, you can see Aruba went off in the best way possible. Our teachers got that perfect balance of educational stimulation and vacation. ISA treated us (and the students) well and we couldn't be more excited for the next PD trip down there.
Having said that, it's now time to shift our focus to the next awesome trip. Currently, we've gotten the green light for Cambodia and have initiated a conversation with Germany. Of course we'll let everyone know the details as soon as we get them.
For now, you might have noticed we've added a new opportunity to our PD page. Although it's technically not a PD session, we've received quite a few inquiries about teaching English abroad. Our story of traveling the world while teaching sparked an interest in a lot of our followers. Well, we're excited to offer the chance for people to get started on that amazing, life changing adventure!
Our close friend (and educational mentor), Dave Hopkins has started his own fully-accredited Hybrid TEFL program based out of Ban Phe, Thailand! Dave is seriously the one guy I would go to for any and all questions relating to teaching English abroad. He's been into it for decades having lived and taught in various places throughout the world, worked with the US State Dept. through PeaceCorps, refugee programs, and others in an official capacity. We can't brag enough on Dave. AND he's in Thailand! We're big fans of Thailand as a place to live and work. Ban Phe is right across from the island of Koh Samet, which is a beautiful destination for vacationers. Knowing what we know now about teaching English, moving abroad, and what to expect, we can honestly say this is one of the best ways to get started on your life abroad!
But for now, we really hope you have a great beginning to the new school year! I've just started a new teaching gig this past week that I'm really excited for. It's a new lab school that is partnered with Kentucky State University. Even though summer is officially over for me, I'm having fun getting settled into a new opportunity.
Check back for more updates!