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Our 2017 Italy Summit keynote speaker needs No Reservations


These days, many chefs are using their talents to move from the kitchen into the spotlight, through cooking shows, restaurant franchises, or in the case of Anthony Bourdain, a desire to understand the stories behind local and traditional cuisines around the world.

A former career chef, bestselling author, and television host and producer, Anthony Bourdain is best known for his culinary and cultural knowledge...

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Our 2017 Italy Summit keynote speaker needs No Reservations


These days, many chefs are using their talents to move from the kitchen into the spotlight, through cooking shows, restaurant franchises, or in the case of Anthony Bourdain, a desire to understand the stories behind local and traditional cuisines around the world.

A former career chef, bestselling author, and television host and producer, Anthony Bourdain is best known for his culinary and cultural knowledge. After writing the best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential, he started making television, beginning with “A Cook’s Tour,” in 2002 and followed in 2005 by “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” a showcase of his unpredictable adventures sampling bold dishes around the world. In 2012 he debuted a third show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” a CNN Original series highlighting his visits to familiar culinary hotspots and out-of-the-way gems in a quest to connect food to culture all over the globe. From Haiti to Nicaragua, Cambodia and beyond, Bourdain travels hungrily, making funny and insightful observations as he samples everything from French fries to fried brains.

Where’s he headed next? Our 2017 Italy Global Leadership Summit. The Summit theme, The Future of Food, comes to life as students examine the intersection of food, people, and politics as they participate in educational tours in Italy and across Europe. It all culminates in a two-day leadership conference in Milan, Italy, where Bourdain will spend time as a keynote speaker discussing his experiences tasting regional food and connecting with the people who make it, and inspire students to think up creative ideas to feed our growing world.

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Our new travel video brings Iceland to life

 

When we say that Iceland is full of magic, we’re not just talking about the island’s rich history of folklore.

Reykjavík’s bustling urban scene contrasts its countryside village feel as you stroll quaint, seaside streets dotted with eclectic and colorful homes. Iceland’s capital is also home to historical landmarks like Höfði House, site of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Icelanders are proud of their ties to nature, and you’ll see why at Geysir geothermal area, where the Great Geysir hurls boiling water over 200 feet into the air...

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Our new travel video brings Iceland to life


When we say that Iceland is full of magic, we’re not just talking about the island’s rich history of folklore.

Reykjavík’s bustling urban scene contrasts its countryside village feel as you stroll quaint, seaside streets dotted with eclectic and colorful homes. Iceland’s capital is also home to historical landmarks like Höfði House, site of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Icelanders are proud of their ties to nature, and you’ll see why at Geysir geothermal area, where the Great Geysir hurls boiling water over 200 feet into the air. Many of Iceland’s natural wonders offer the benefits of renewable energy, too, which you’ll observe firsthand as you bathe in the Blue Lagoon’s delightfully warm seawater—the mineral rich byproduct of a nearby geothermal power plant. Sounds pretty incredible, right? But don’t just take it from us.

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Student Spotlight: Jessie G.

 

We recently chatted with Jessie G., a 17-year-old high school student from Colorado, about her life-changing Service Learning Tour to Peru. From Lima to Machu Picchu, Jessie was thrilled to explore historic sites and immerse herself in local traditions and culture. But Jessie’s story becomes even more special when she recalls her work in Pumamarca, where she worked with members of the community to build a greenhouse that would allow a local woman to sell flowers year-round and generate enough income to send her children to college.

“She just needed a little bit of help to get there,” Jessie explains. From laying bricks to pitching a roof...

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Student Spotlight: Jessie G.

 

We recently chatted with Jessie G., a 17-year-old high school student from Colorado, about her life-changing Service Learning Tour to Peru. From Lima to Machu Picchu, Jessie was thrilled to explore historic sites and immerse herself in local traditions and culture. But Jessie’s story becomes even more special when she recalls her work in Pumamarca, where she worked with members of the community to build a greenhouse that would allow a local woman to sell flowers year-round and generate enough income to send her children to college.

“She just needed a little bit of help to get there,” Jessie explains. From laying bricks to pitching a roof, Jessie was able to see her work create a meaningful and lasting impact. “We felt like we were building something that was sustainable and would last for years, and would help a member of the community come out of poverty and better herself.”

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See all the places you can travel with your students. Check out all our itineraries—from tours that culminate in our inspiring Global Leadership Summits to exciting new tours to Iceland, to Service Learning Tours in Ecuador, and more.

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Meet the 2016 weShare winners

 

This year, EF travelers from across the U.S. and Canada submitted projects through weShare, our online learning platform that taps into each student’s own passions and interests, and helps them develop an essential question to investigate while traveling. Their findings come to life through post-tour projects that let students reflect on and share what they’ve learned, and even earn academic credit...

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Meet the 2016 weShare winners


This year, EF travelers from across the U.S. and Canada submitted projects through weShare, our online learning platform that taps into each student’s own passions and interests, and helps them develop an essential question to investigate while traveling. Their findings come to life through post-tour projects that let students reflect on and share what they’ve learned, and even earn academic credit. Out of hundreds of submissions, these projects rose to the top—and earned students amazing prizes, including the grand prize: a free trip to an upcoming Global Leadership Summit on our EF Global Citizen Scholarship tour.

Grand Prize Winner

Alexandra K., Pennsylvania
Costa Rica: The Connection Between
“Pura Vida” and “Larga Vida”
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Social Studies Winner

Cambriel T., Georgia
Resting on Your Laurels
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Arts Winner

Carly P., New Jersey
Let’s Get Down to Waltzing!
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STEM Winner

Andrew B., Minnesota
Galápagos: The Footprints of Man
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Have you subscribed to our podcast, EF Outbound?

 

For months, we’ve been meeting with travelers to hear about their most inspiring, exciting, and memorable experiences at destinations around the globe. And now they’re finally yours to hear—through EF Outbound, our new podcast.

Airing in a weekly series, EF Outbound showcases transformative travel stories that defy our expectations, challenge our assumptions, and teach us something new about the world and ourselves...

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Have you subscribed to our podcast, EF Outbound?

 

For months, we’ve been meeting with travelers to hear about their most inspiring, exciting, and memorable experiences at destinations around the globe. And now they’re finally yours to hear—through EF Outbound, our new podcast.

Airing in a weekly series, EF Outbound showcases transformative travel stories that defy our expectations, challenge our assumptions, and teach us something new about the world and ourselves. Each episode, the EF Outbound team talks with everyday travelers about their incredible travel stories and how those moments have changed their lives.

 

Subscribe now to hear all the inspiring tales of travelers like you.

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Hear why Brent, a teacher from Washington, travels with students


His favorite tour

"My favorite tour is always the last tour I did. It's just amazing how you improve each tour and it becomes different and better. You find new ways to tweak little pieces that make the kids' experience even richer and deeper, and they come away from it impacted in ways that you always want to be able to do in the classroom."

What he gets out of traveling with students

"Planning a tour does take work. But the reward is huge. Being able to see the kids have those a-ha moments when they see the memorials, when they understand the depth of our...

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Hear why Brent, a teacher from Washington, travels with students


His favorite tour

"My favorite tour is always the last tour I did. It's just amazing how you improve each tour and it becomes different and better. You find new ways to tweak little pieces that make the kids' experience even richer and deeper, and they come away from it impacted in ways that you always want to be able to do in the classroom."

What he gets out of traveling with students

"Planning a tour does take work. But the reward is huge. Being able to see the kids have those a-ha moments when they see the memorials, when they understand the depth of our history, that's the payoff for the extra time you put in."

The changes he sees in his students

"When students come back, they're aware of the broader world. They're capable of going somewhere and doing something outside of their community. They have an impact that's global and not just local. Their vision is bigger and they're willing to take some bigger risks as far as where to go to college, where they may work in the future, what they might do. And it's really powerful to see kids change that much."

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The life-changing moments of Nobel Prize winners are just a download away
 

Our partnership with the Nobel Museum allows us to develop even more ways to show students their potential, and teach them that amazing things happen when we take risks, pursue goals, and dare to think differently.

One way we’ve achieved this goal is through co-authoring Nobel Journeys, a collection of ten stories chronicling the extraordinary lives of Nobel Prize winners past and present. From Ernest Hemingway’s revolutionary impact on the American novel to Malala Yousafzai’s battle against the suppression of girls’ access to education...

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The life-changing moments of Nobel Prize winners are just a download away
 

Our partnership with the Nobel Museum allows us to develop even more ways to show students their potential, and teach them that amazing things happen when we take risks, pursue goals, and dare to think differently.

One way we’ve achieved this goal is through co-authoring Nobel Journeys, a collection of ten stories chronicling the extraordinary lives of Nobel Prize winners past and present. From Ernest Hemingway’s revolutionary impact on the American novel to Malala Yousafzai’s battle against the suppression of girls’ access to education, these stories give life to the important moments of discovery that helped Nobel Prize winners find their unique pathway to success.

Nobel Journeys is one of many initiatives from this partnership, which is dedicated to inspiring students’ creativity, curiosity, and confidence.

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Meet DeeDee Trotter, EF’s Olympic Ambassador


As global citizens, we strive to keep the Olympic spirit alive—even when the games aren’t in session. That’s why we’re excited to bring our Olympic Ambassador, DeeDee Trotter, to schools around the U.S. where she shares the inspiring story of her Olympic journey and even leads students and teachers in fun workouts that get participants revved up to achieve their goals. And of course, she always makes time to meet students individually, take photos, and even let people try on her three Olympic medals.

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Ready to get inspired (and maybe a little sweaty)? Give us a call at 800-503-2323 to learn how you could get DeeDee to come to your school. 

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Building a better school in Nepal

 

After a major earthquake devastated Nepal in April 2015, EF wanted to help. So the EF Global Classroom Foundation championed an initiative to rebuild a school in one of the country’s most heavily damaged regions.

Sadly, many school buildings continued to be used following the earthquake, despite having been deemed unsafe for occupation by the Nepal Engineers Association. With no alternative facilities available, desperate teachers had no choice but to continue using their existing buildings. That’s where EF’s Global Classroom Foundation stepped in...

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Building a better school in Nepal


After a major earthquake devastated Nepal in April 2015, EF wanted to help. So the EF Global Classroom Foundation championed an initiative to rebuild a school in one of the country’s most heavily damaged regions.

Sadly, many school buildings continued to be used following the earthquake, despite having been deemed unsafe for occupation by the Nepal Engineers Association. With no alternative facilities available, desperate teachers had no choice but to continue using their existing buildings. That’s where EF’s Global Classroom Foundation stepped in, with a commitment to rebuild a school as well as to provide a model of a safe school environment that can be used across the nation.

Partnering with a Japanese consultancy that has extensive experience in earthquake-resistant construction, we began on-site research and design development in December 2015, and then broke ground in September 2016 on a new school building that will have an earthquake resistance of magnitude 7+. We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to help build a better school in Nepal and continue our global mission of Opening the World Through Education.

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When a child looks up and has that gasp moment, or they have that look of awe—it just makes it all worthwhile. To be honest, this is not the kind of work that feels like work to me. It’s actually pretty fun putting it together. We have regular meetings where we kind of pump each other up. ‘What are we going to do? What are we going to see?’ Then you put them down in a large city, and they’re seeing something that they’ve only seen in books or they’ve only heard about. They get so excited. They see the magnitude of it.

 

— Lynn L., Teacher, Texas

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