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Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Think back to the teacher (or teachers if you were fortunate) who made a truly significant impact on your life – that one teacher who not only understood their material but understood you. They made the subject come alive in a very real way for you. History and English were no longer mere collections of facts and fictions but meaningful stories shaping the present. Math and science were no longer sets of numbers, variables, and theorems but elegant expressions of physical reality.

Teachers, you know that our efforts to show our appreciation for your eye-opening, life-transforming work are often less than stellar, involving nothing more than a quick trip to Yankee Candle or Bath and Body Works.

But there are those few occasions when our feeble attempts to appreciate you actually re-inspire and reinvigorate your love of teaching, making the my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses, non-stop talking in class, and repetition of directions all worth it. You are reminded that all your lesson planning and paper grading actually make a genuine difference.

 

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For this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to give you the opportunity to share such experiences.

How has a student or parent shared their appreciation for you in a particularly memorable way? Why was that token of appreciation so impactful or meaningful to you?

Your story matters, and we would love to hear it and, with your permission, share it with others (in a future blog post and through social media) so that other teachers can be encouraged, knowing that their efforts in educating our students truly changes lives. We’re not asking necessarily for a grand tear jerker that will be picked up by Upworthy of Buzzfeed. Perhaps that one particular scented candle or that bottle of lotion, for whatever reason, meant a great deal to you.

In fact, it’s the small acts of kindness that often have the greatest impact.

It’s your story. It doesn’t need to impress anybody as long as it made an impression on you.

(Submit your story via the form below.)

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(a teacher and her students earn their Spanish certificate from the

Costa Rican Language Academy on our language immersion tour to Costa Rica)

 

JE Appreciates You

At Joshua Expeditions, we try our best to demonstrate our appreciation for teachers (that’s why teachers travel free on our tours). As a small token of thanks, we would like to give a $25 Visa gift card to ten teachers who share their story of appreciation and inspiration. Does that accurately reflect the work you do? No, not really. But it’s the least we could do.

 

So, to recap:

  1. We love teachers and want you to feel appreciated and know that your work matters.
  2. Share your story of being appreciated (by May 8).
  3. Enter to win one of ten $25 Visa gift cards (recipients will be notified via email).
  4. Check back to read the impactful stories of teachers.

~ Don’t forget: share this with your teacher friends! ~

 


 

Teachers, Your Story Matters. Share Yours Below.

Your Name*

Your Email*

Your School*

Subject(s) You Teach*

Grade(s) You Teach*

Share Your Story*
(What has been the most meaningful way a student or parent has demonstrated their appreciation for you as a teacher? Why was it so impactful for you?)

 

Can we share your story?
 Yes (We will only share your first name and last initial along with grade and subject taught to give some context for your story. Your story may be edited for length.) No thanks

Would you like to receive more information about educational tours, mission trips, or senior class trips with Joshua Expeditions?
 Yes please! No thanks

 

Amazon Echo Giveaway

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Today might be April Fools’ Day, but this is no joke. Actually, we’re giving away not just one Amazon Echo, but five!

 

Here’s how you can enter to win one of the newest and coolest gadgets out there:

Step 1: Submit an Expedition Form between April 1 and April 30, 2016. (The Expedition Form tells us officially that you are ready to begin the booking process. We can then assign your group an Expedition Number and get the ball rolling on making your JE Tour a reality.)

Step 2: Within two weeks of submitting the Expedition Form, each traveler will need to submit a Traveler Application along with a $100 nonrefundable deposit.

And that’s it! By mid-May when all the deposits are in, we will randomly select five Group Leaders to receive their prizes.

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“But how should I go about booking a JE Tour?”

So glad you asked. Planning and booking a class trip can seem like a daunting task, but that’s exactly why we’re here to help. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you begin the process of what will ultimately prove to be an amazing educational travel experience.

  1. When would be the best time for my group to travel? (Fall break? The beginning of January before classes start back? Spring break?)
  2. What purpose will my JE Tour accomplish? (Any visit to a new location or culture is a learning experience, but you can narrow your focus to art, language, history, missions, etc. Note: It helps to have a specific purpose in mind when seeking approval from school administration.)
  3. Where do I (or rather, my students!) want to go? (Browse our current tours to discover a plethora of well-researched but customizable tours. Request a quote to contact a Travel Specialist. Don’t see a particular location? Let us know, and we can discuss putting together a custom tour for you.)
  4. What is the likely budget of my students? (Don’t try to sign up a trip traveling halfway across the world if you’re students cannot afford it. You won’t have any students sign up.)

 

A few more suggestions:

 Talk to one of our Travel Specialists! We call them that for a reason. They would love to talk to you about your travel goals and needs and pair you with the perfect tour.

Ask us how to run the most effective parent informational meeting.

Request some promotional flyers to excite interest among your students.

 

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Making a Difference in Costa Rica

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One of our Group Leaders wanted to share this incredible testimony of her recent JE Tour to Costa Rica. We are so thankful for dedicated Group Leaders who take their students to serve others, even others in a different country.

Read her brief story and take a look at her pictures below.


What a FABULOUS trip we had to Costa Rica last week!

Our team of ten went to a school in Guararí on the outskirts of the capital of San Jose. We went to help change lives there, but we came back changed too! The school at Ciudad de Fe does a fabulous job of ministering on all levels – academically, spiritually, and emotionally – to 125 children from impoverished homes. Most of these children come from fatherless families, and many have suffered abuse.

To go there with skits, songs, games, and crafts; hugs and smiles; the love of Jesus Christ; and a readiness to do anything that the school asked of us is an experience that has marked all ten of us forever! 

I think we received more love than we were even able to give! The six teenage boys on my team set a wonderful example to these young children of the blessing of growing up to be godly young men! There were tears in the eyes of our adult chaperones as we said our goodbyes.

I have always said that I wish everyone could go on a missions trip! The support, the care, and the expertise of the Joshua Expeditions staff made this trip the memory of a lifetime for us! Our JE Guide hovered over us like a “daddy hen”! (I know…that’s a silly expression, but it was true!) Our JE Coordinator and SO MANY OTHERS made flawless arrangements for our trip! A special thanks to the JE Billing Department who worked with us so kindly as we made our payments for the trip!

Thank you! Thank you, Joshua Expeditions!! And yes, thank YOU, JESUS!!!

 

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2016 JE Photo Contest

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We at JE couldn’t be more excited for our busiest time of the year to begin! All of our Spring Breakers will soon be departing their hometowns on busses and planes to travel around the country and world.

As you head out on your JE Tour, you will inevitably encounter many amazing, even life-changing, experiences. Don’t be stingy! Share your incredible experiences with us! We want to see what inspires you, what causes you to view the world a little differently than you viewed it previously. No matter the social media platform, tag your JE Tour pictures with #JEtourview and your stories with #JEtourstory.

However, don’t forget that the JE Photo Contest is taking place only on Instagram!

To enter,

  1. Follow @joshuaexpeditions
  2. Tag your photo with #JEtourview

We’ve already had some amazing entries; go check them out. And we are going to start sharing some of our favorites with you soon.

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At the end of our travel season in the summer, we’ll be choosing our winners with first place taking home a GoPro! We can’t wait to see your awe-inspiring #JEtourview!

The Difference a Cow Can Make

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Most of us in America take cows for granted. We can easily run to a grocery and purchase milk, butter, cheese, and an assortment of meats. Not everyone, of course, partakes in dairy products or eats meat, but the average American consumes around 600-650 pounds of dairy products each year, only fifty or so fewer pounds than vegetables and fruits combined.

So why all this talk about cows?

It doesn’t take a cattle or dairy farmer to recognize that cows can make a huge economic impact. Especially where resources are scarce, owning cows can introduce a productive food source into a community.

At JE, we are proud, then, of our productive partnership with the International Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (IACCS) and the work they are doing specifically in Uganda. The trips you have taken with us have allowed us to help purchase ten cows for orphanages in the region, bettering their economic livelihood, even if only in this small way. Praise God!

Check out these pictures to see something of the impact we are able to make together:

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We are particularly proud of our partnership with IACCS because of the difference they are making beyond this. Last year, they purchased five cows, three of which have produced calves. They built a children’s church, gave away several bicycles to teachers, provided shoes to children who had never owned any, and supplied orphans with toothbrushes and toothpaste.

IACCS now has over 200 schools from 16 districts in Uganda, ministering to over 61,000 students with 2,034 teachers.

Will you pray with us that God would continue to use IACCS in meeting both the physical and spiritual needs in Uganda and elsewhere? 

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