Explorica Sponsors 2nd Annual Educational Travel Week October 3-7, 2011 to Celebrate the Transformational Experiences of Educational Travel

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Week-long, Online Event Includes Discussion Forums, Fun Contests and Prizes to International Destinations

Explorica, a company creating educational tours that connect students to new cultures, languages and people through educational travel, today announced that the Company will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Educational Travel Week taking place on October 3-7, 2011. Educational Travel Week celebrates the positive benefits of educational travel and provides a forum for travelers to share their personal life-changing stories. As Laina Pisano, a student participant on a 2010 Explorica tour remarks, “Visiting Italy, Germany, and Austria was by far the most exciting thing I have ever experienced. The trip strengthened my independence, ability to make new friends, and helped me acquire a different outlook on the world I live in.”

Last year’s highly successful online event brought together more than 5,000 students, educators and avid travelers who had the opportunity to share their experiences and discuss how educational travel had transformed their lives. Educational Travel Week not only provides travelers with a dynamic environment to exchange their travel experiences, but also participate in fun travel trivia, contests and prizes. For 2011, Educational Travel Week will provide one lucky winner with an exciting grand prize for a free trip for 10 people to either London, Paris or Madrid.

Hosted on Facebook, this online event offers an ideal platform for students and educators to discuss how educational travel helped them see the world through a global lens, and gain a new appreciation of international cultures. Participants in the week-long event can also partake in a variety of contests such as sharing authentic cultural recipes, travel photos or videos, or take part in challenging destination quizzes that are focused on specific cities or countries. By successfully completing these destination quizzes, participants are eligible to win free airline tickets or hotel stays to countries such as Brussels, Ireland, Delhi, Germany or Montréal.

During Educational Travel Week 2011, Explorica will also publish exciting statistics uncovered by a comprehensive independent survey, which details how educational travel created a positive and lasting impact in regards to later education, personal lives and even career success. These findings will be announced during the October 3-7, 2011 online event.

In order to provide the best possible experience for participants in Educational Travel Week 2011, Explorica has garnered the support of world-leading companies in the travel and education industries. The grand prize drawing of a free trip for 10 was furnished by our distinguished sponsorship partner SkyTeam, and we are proud to welcome aboard additional official sponsors: Air Canada, Best Western, Fragonard Perfume Museum, Holiday Inn Laval Montréal, Jet Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Tourism Ireland, and Vista Higher Learning. Further endorsers include SYTA (Student Youth Travel Association) and BETA (British Educational Travel Association) and USTOA (the United States Tour Operators Association).

For more information about how to participate in Educational Travel Week 2011, or for its official contest rules and prizes, please visit: http://www.educationaltravelweek.com. For specific travel itineraries for the grand prize of a free trip for 10 to either London,Paris or Madrid, please visit: explorica.com/lon, explorica.com/par, explorica.com/mad.

About Explorica, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Explorica Educational Travel creates educational tours that connect students to new cultures, languages and people. Through Explorica's use of exclusive online tools, they help teachers create tours uniquely suited to provide both the best value and the most customized, authentic tour experiences. For more information, call 1.888.310.7120, visit Explorica Educational Travel's Website, join Explorica on Facebook or follow Explorica on Twitter.

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