10 Books For Teachers and Global Educators

Global Educators and Group Leaders take on the challenge of teaching history, discussing current events, debating ideologies, and inspiring students all while catching international flights, touring museums and volunteering on service projects. To help add to your diverse repertoire of knowledge which will help your students succeed on an expedition and throughout life here are a few highly recommended reads. Enjoy! 1. Global Education Guidebook: Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide Through… by Jennifer D. Klein. A great resource providing strategies and soluti...

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A Successful Journey Starts With A Program Information Meeting

The first step to any successful international journey with students is generating excitement among your student body and getting students to say YES! For first time trip leaders the thought of hosting a Program Information Meeting(PIM) and recruiting students can seem like a daunting task.  However, with a little pre-planning, and a lot of support from No Barriers Youth, you’ll have no problem delivering your PIM and getting the necessary sign-ups to you make your school trip a huge success. Follow these few simple guidelines to get the ball rolling: Start ...

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No Barriers’ Top Ten Travel-Themed Songs

Music is intrinsically linked to travel.  Whether you’ve got your own personal playlist streaming through your headphones on the long bus ride between Phnom Pehn and Siem Reap or you’re taking in the live, indigenous music in your village homestay, you’ll never forget the music you hear while you travel. To share our passion for music, here are ten travel-themed tunes you may want to take on your next road trip or adventure abroad. Budapest by George Ezra – A catchy tune that you won’t want to get out of your head. Hotel Yorba by The White Stripes – ...

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It’s The Journey…Not The Destination.

Authentic  immersion abroad can be a life-changing experience but it’s only part of the educational journey.  This is an exciting time of the year at No Barriers Youth.  We have schools, trip leaders, and students all over the world experiencing unique food, music, and culture while investigating pressing global issues that impact people and societies across the globe. The excitement and adventure surrounding the in-country educational travel is always the highlight of any program abroad.  However, for students this is only half of an experience that may impact ...

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10 Travel Books That Will Feed Your Wanderlust

When you can't be out temple hopping in Thailand or exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu the next best thing is feeding your wanderlust inside the pages of a well written book. Here are 10 great reads that will get you reinvigorated to travel and will spark your curiosity in destinations around the world! The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux – Considered a modern classic in travel writing, Theroux takes readers on a magnificent railway adventure through India and beyond. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac – The lesser known of Kerouac’s work is equally ...

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Why Teachers Need To Travel Abroad Too

The educational benefits of immersive student travel are well documented.  Students gain new and unique perspectives on a variety of global issues and grow as individuals.  The experience can be just as beneficial for teachers.  Here are just a few reasons why educators should travel abroad too: It's Good For The Soul We're all overworked and underpaid and falling into a rut of uninspiring daily routines can take a toll on your creativity, passion, and adaptability. Traveling abroad, with or without students, can reinvigorate your soul and feed your willingness ...

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Educational Benefits of Student Immersion in the Developing World

Educators and trip leaders are faced with important decisions when designing and implementing a global travel program.  Everything from cost and duration to educational goals and objectives can dictate the choice of destinations.  While Europe offers comfort and convenience the developing world provides educational benefits unparalleled to the rest of the world. Here are a few reasons why… Student Immersion – Immersion looks completely different from Paris to Hanoi, from London to Accra, and the impact on the students is radically different as well. From rural ...

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How To Raise Money For Your School Trip Abroad

Next year’s school trip or gap year adventure is just around the corner.  These educational travel opportunities are well worth the investment but aren’t always easy on the pocketbook.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you raise funds for your next international adventure. Start Early – Don’t delay.  Start formulating a fundraising plan and get the word out early about your desire to volunteer and travel abroad.  Summer jobs are also a good idea to help supplement your fundraising efforts. Go Big – Don’t put all your fundraising eggs in one ...

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The Benefits of Traveling Mindfully

At its very basic, mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present and can make travel even more enjoyable.   Mindfulness can also be defined as the non-judgmental focus of a person's attention on the thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment. A Buddhist practice and tradition, mindfulness has gained recent acclaim for the variety of benefits it offers. For teachers, trip leaders and students, practicing mindfulness while you travel can open your eyes and your senses to a whole new level of engagement and immersion.  Here are a few ...

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Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad

Embarking on an educational journey with students is an exciting and rewarding adventure. As an educator you have the capacity to teach and excite students in new and profound ways. There are also additional tasks and responsibilities as a trip leader that can make travel a rigorous endeavor. Here are a few tips to keep everyone happy, healthy, and energized throughout the journey: Pre-Trip Planning – Know both your students and your daily itinerary inside and out before you depart.  Knowing exactly what to expect in-country and what events or travel days may be ...

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