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Happy February!

I hope that you are doing well and looking forward to travel prospects in the near future. That light at the end of the tunnel is shining a bit brighter!

I wanted to share with you some exciting things that have been keeping us busy over the past few months.

Virtual Travel Courses

In an effort to satisfy the wanderlust of our professors and students, we have developed customized virtual travel programs. Led by our expert local guides, these programs combine live classes with short videos that focus on the history, culture, people and cuisine of various destinations.

We recently produced two five-week virtual travel courses for Kennesaw State University – Journey Honors College in Georgia. One program focused on Costa Rica and the other on Rome. I attended the first classes to make sure everything was running smoothly, but then I came back each week, because I so enjoyed the interaction between the students and our course leaders and seeing the students’ eyes light up as they learned about these beautiful destinations. It was something I truly looked forward to each week. While virtual trips cannot replace the real experience, they do inspire students and keep the passion and interest for travel alive while we wait for international travel to resume. One student wrote: “Thank you! I’ve learned so much and I hope I can visit Costa Rica one day.”

These pilot programs were such a great success that we will continue virtual classes in combination with live trips when travel comes back. You can view a short snippet of our recent classes here: St Peter’s and Costa Rica frog. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are interested in collaborating on something similar for your own course.

The Global Citizens Program

We are very excited to have launched a new summer travel program for 13- to 18-year-olds as an “appetizer” toward study abroad. Each trip is about two weeks long and is led by experienced educators. The goal is for the students to learn what it means to be global citizens and future leaders by stepping out of their comfort zones, engaging in meaningful conversations and being immersed in new cultures. By the time they go to college or university, we hope they will be more than ready for further study abroad. For more details, visit theglobalcitizenprogram.com. We have a wonderful core group of educators ready to lead the first programs in the summer of 2022. If you are interested in leading one of the trips or know a teen who might be a great fit for one of these programs, let’s connect!

2022 Proposals

We are thrilled to report that there is no shortage of interest for travel in 2022. We have been talking to lots of professors and churning out faculty-led program proposals. In preparation for these programs we are keeping abreast of new travel protocols and safety standards around the world. As you may know, policies and recommendations are evolving day by day, but you can be assured we are keeping on top of this and are updating our own procedures and training all staff so you can travel with peace of mind knowing we’ve got you covered. We will continue to be flexible with payment deadlines as we understand that there may be some reluctance to commit financially to trips for the time being. If you would like us to put together a trip proposal for you, please contact me. We cannot wait to welcome you abroad again!

I would love to hear what you have been up to as well. Stay well and hope to see you out there somewhere soon!

Saludos,
Steve Hart
Hart Travel Partners
1-508-359-4790