No matter where you live in the U.S. - no matter how many football games you watch, or black Friday sales you (barely) survive - the dinner table is the beating heart of Thanksgiving. The image of a family crowded around the table - passing bowls of stuffing, mashed potatoes and various pies while mom or dad ceremoniously carves the turkey - is a portrait of Americana.
Europe is a mosaic of cultures and personalities. It brims with colourful, sometimes even strange festivals that have grown oh-so important over time. Here's just a handful of these festivities that are definitely worth checking out during your Europe class trip.
“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
There's a reason why Rome is affectionately known as the Eternal City. The opportunities to explore ancient history, eat delicious food, and visit awe-inspiring monuments seem endless. You likely won't see it all during your class trip to Italy - you'll definitely want to go back - so here are some fun ways to make the most of it.
It’s no secret that maple syrup is huge in Quebec. No matter the time of year, virtually all of our Quebec student tours experience its gooey goodness when they visit a cabane à sucre (sugar shack), where syrup is cultivated from maple trees.
Student travel and food are kindred spirits. Digging in to authentic local food is one of the best ways to experience a new culture, even if it’s in your own backyard. It’s also a great way to foster language learning. After all, it’s virtually an unwritten rule that a language student starts by learning how to order in a restaurant!
Markets and grocery stores are a great way to get students practicing a foreign language. Jumpstreet Tours actually offers language-themed activities that take place in the supermarket! But there are other great ways to get your students experiencing a new culture--a new language even—by exposing them to the area’s eating habits. Here are three amazing food festivals that might be worth adding to your fall itinerary.
“If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance.” We’re fond of this timeless Zimbabwean proverb because we’ve spent almost thirty years developing student tours that focus on language learning and culture, and music has always played a part in keeping our class trips as entertaining as they are enriching. From the Quebecois sugar shack standards like ‘Agadou’ and ‘Talon Pointe,’ to the sumptuous salsa ensembles that breathe life into our Latin dance workshops in New York City and Montreal, music runs through our student travel programs like an epic conga line.
Jumpstreet Tours got its start in Montreal, a city whose diversity is matched only by its penchant for celebration. Our festival calendar attracts a broad range of performers from around the world, particularly from French-speaking countries. Quebec, meanwhile, also has a knack for producing its own rising stars.
New York City’s South Street Seaport is a fine blend of past and present, a designated historic district that is as much a testament to the city’s maritime legacy as to its penchant for urban renewal. Located at the junction between Fulton Street and the East River, just south of the Financial District, South Street Seaport is a great place to include on your New York City student tour, with its bevvy of rejuvenated mercantile buildings, markets and cargo ships playing host to countless interactive and enriching activities your students will love. Here are just a few:
1. Front/Row Cinema: As part of South Street Seaport’s See/Change program, what better way to enjoy a gorgeous summer evening during a class trip to NYC than by taking in a free outdoor screening of one of your favourite flicks? Comfortable seating is provided (first come, first served!), and there’s often room for a picnic blanket. Snacks and beverages are available via local concession stands and food trucks. Their summer lineup is already up online, and it looks like they’ve got something for everyone!