Brightspark Travel and ProjectExplorer.org to Spread Benefits of Educational Travel with New Partnership

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Brightspark Travel and multi-award winning ProjectExplorer.org have joined forces to promote the impact of student travel.

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“Travel of all kinds, and especially educational travel, truly enhances the learning experience and personal development for everyone involved.

Brightspark Travel, the country’s leading student travel company, is excited to form a partnership with multi-award winning educational organization ProjectExplorer.org. Jenny Buccos, Producer, Founder & Director of ProjectExplorer.org will also be named as a Brightspark Ambassador for student travel.

Brightspark and ProjectExplorer.org came together as they share the common belief that through travel, you can inspire a student’s wonderlust and change how they see world . Ms. Buccos will take on the role of Brightspark's first Student Travel Evangelist, sharing the importance of Student Travel with educators, students and parents.

The partnership will kick-off this fall with Brightspark sponsoring a set of videos from the ProjectExplorer.org global travel series library. The educational videos are used in classrooms across the country, and have won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award for Excellence in Educational Programming. In addtion to their free online videos, ProjectExplorer.org uses photos, educational blogs and lesson plans to teach students about the world beyond their classrooms and communities.

“Travel of all kinds, and especially educational travel, truly enhances the learning experience and personal development for everyone involved. I am delighted to be working so closely with such a forward thinking and exciting organization as ProjectExplorer.org whose videos and lesson plans bring the world to life in a way rarely seen. Jenny Buccos is a wonderful advocate and champion of educational travel for our organization,” says Jason Chaplin, CEO of Brighstpark Travel.

“ProjectExplorer.org is thrilled to partner with Brightspark to encourage exploration beyond the classroom. Travel – whether US-based or international – is a vital part of the learning process,” says Buccos. “Field trips and education-based travel provide students with more powerful, more tangible, and more memorable learning experiences. BrightSpark is the natural next-step for our audience; our videos spark an interest in the world and BrightSpark can make experiencing it a reality for students and educators."

With the recent shift from the U.S. Department of Education putting a focus on global skills for all students, Brightspark believes that engaging students through educational travel is taking the step in the right direction. Maureen McLaughlin, Director of International Affairs for the Department of Education was recently quoted saying, "International engagement needs to be infused into our domestic-education agenda. That's the world we need to prepare our students to operate in."

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