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5 Eccentric Festivals to Check Out During Your Class Trip to Europe

Posted by Tristen Clarke-Cousineau on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 08:59 AM

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.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, travel, Student travel, culture, Travel tips, Europe

When Travel Changes My Life

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 12:38 PM

“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

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Topics: student, travel, Student travel, culture

When in Rome: 3 Tips for your Class Trip to Italy

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 02:42 PM

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.

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Topics: Student travel, culture, Europe

2 Maple Syrup Recipes that will Bring Quebec to Your Classroom

Posted by Laura Lalonde on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

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.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Canada, Student travel, culture, winter, Quebec, French, Food

8 things to do in Barcelona

Posted by Laura Lalonde on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Planning a Barcelona tour? That, my friend, is a great idea.

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Topics: tours, Student travel, culture, Travel tips, Trip-Planning Resources, Europe

3 Fall Food Festivals to Consider for your Class Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

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.

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Topics: culture, Festivals, Travel tips

Jumpstreet Tours’ Summer Guide to French Music

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

“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.

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Topics: culture, French, Art

3 Things to Explore in South Street Seaport on Your NYC School Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 @ 02:13 PM

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!

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Topics: Student travel, culture, New York City

3 Montreal Summer Festivals to Add to Your Student Travel Radar

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:42 PM

We’ve mentioned on here before that Montreal is bon vivant personified, a hotbed of thrilling student travel opportunities. Perhaps the best example of this is our penchant for a festival or two. Or eighty.

You can’t visit Montreal with students without landing on the doorstep of at least one annual festival. They come in all shapes and sizes; some are open to all while others reside in the niches of the city’s many diverse pastimes, from tennis to tattoos to techno music.

With dozens of festivals happening every month, we honestly have a hard time picking our favourites. Each one is best suited for a certain season, age group, and demographic. That said, here are three summer festivals that could really inject some new life into your class trip to Montreal:

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Topics: Canadian Travel, culture, Festivals, Montreal

Jumpstreet’s Christmas Tribute to Réveillon

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Ah, the holidays - a time to break bread and share in the spirit of warmth, generosity and shopping mall madness. Up here in Jumpstreet’s native Québec, the holidays usher in a wide array of festivities. Montréal’s thriving Jewish community, for example, comes to life during the eight days of Chanukah. But like most of the Western World, December in La Belle Province is largely synonymous with Christmas. Ever the bon vivant, we often mark the occasion with a day-long tribute that runs long, long into the night. It’s called Réveillon, and it’s a lot of fun.

Literally translated as ‘awakening’, Réveillon is a French Catholic tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s, when families would break fast and tuck in to a late-night meal after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. The event earned its name from the way that the meal would rouse participants after the labours of their day-long fast. Nothing says “rise and shine” like a hearty meal, especially if you’re starving! It’s a tradition that is celebrated in France and Quebec, not to mention countless French communities around the world, from the New Brunswick to New Orleans.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, culture, Montreal, Quebec, French