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June 12, 2014

Exploring America: Travel Opportunities for your International Student Community

256305_341860859232929_1560688054_o“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
Experiential learning creates an opportunity for students to engage culture and to apply academic understandings through hands-on experience. For International Students in the United States for the first time, learning about American culture through a text book will only take them so far.  Learning about America through personal experience and travel however, will inspire and excite your International Students, and help them to truly understand our great country. Read more »

May 9, 2014

So Many Beautiful Responses for our Teachers Only Giveaway

Since teachers are such an integral part of every Joshua Expeditions Tour, we wanted to do something special for this Teacher Appreciation Week.  So, naturally we thought they might appreciate the chance to win some coffee to get them through the end of the school year.  Originally, we were just going to have entrants give us their name and email in order to contact them if they won, but at the last moment we decided to add a simple question to the entry form…”Why did you become a teacher?”  Their answers have truly overwhelmed us, and reminded us how thoughtful and dedicated teachers truly are. Read more »

May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week (Teachers Only!) Giveaway

Teacher Appreciation Week BlogTeachers have influenced all of us here at Joshua Expeditions in so many ways.  They have been our mentors, motivators, role models, advisors, coaches, and advocates, and they deserve every bit of our appreciation.

If there is one verse that reminds us of teachers its 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”

We love having the chance to work  and travel with so many amazing teachers, and we hear from students and parents all the time about the impact that teachers have had on their lives.  It’s a blessing to have this type of close involvement with so many inspiring educators, and that’s why we wanted to have a special “Teachers Only” Giveaway. Read more »

May 1, 2014

London: Then and Now (Videos)

1920s-square+BigBen-300x211It’s with good reason that our London trips are consistently some of our most popular European tours. People are fascinated by England’s rich history, and the 1920s in particular were a time when the British Empire was at it’s peak.  It was said that, “The sun never sets on the British Empire”, and that’s because during the 1920s the British Empire covered over a quarter of the world’s total land area with about 20% of the world’s population.

The British Film Institute recently revived and restored archival footage of London during it’s heyday in 1924 and 1927.  A local cinematographer found the footage, and decided to painstakingly recreate each shot to show side-by-side modern day London and 1920s London.  The result is fascinating. Read more »

April 28, 2014

Gear for Good

Toms shoesWhat are some of the best “Give Back” companies out there for buying ethically made clothing, gear, travel accessories and the like?  These days there are more than a few companies that have put ethics and stewardship on an even playing field with profits.  Read more »

April 22, 2014

Our Favorite “Earth Day” Trips

51749ac9e2292-DSC_0661Happy Earth Day to everyone out there!  We hope you have a chance to get outdoors, enjoy the spring weather, and revel in God’s glorious creation.  In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to give you a short list of some of JE’s most “outdoorsy” trips.  Enjoy! Read more »

April 17, 2014

A Step by Step Guide: How to Win the 2nd Round of the JE Photo Contest

Since broadening the JE Photo Contest to include Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, we have been overwhelmed by the number of photos we receive from students on JE Tours.  To handle the sheer amount of photos that we receive, and in the interest of making things fair, we added multiple rounds to the Photo Contest last year.  The winner of each round advances to the Finals where they are eligible for the $500 Grand Prize, which is awarded by the JE Staff.
To help you “get out the vote” for your submission, we have put together a simple guide for using the Facebook voting platform to promote YOUR specific photo.  This guide will help you find the personal link to your photo in order to send it out to family and friends through social media or email.

January 27, 2014

On Mission: Jim Elliot Part III

shutterstock_125168081On January 8, 1956, after months of trying for peaceful contact, Operation Auca received word that people of the Auca tribe were headed to their camp and would arrive around 3:00pm. Since all initial meetings and contact had gone well, the men became excited at the chance to finally spread the Word of God. Read more »

On Mission: Jim Elliot Part II

shutterstock_124798357On February 21, 1952, Jim Elliot and Pete Fleming arrived in Ecuador with the intent to spread the Word of God to the Quichua people. He and Fleming were devoted to spreading the Word of God to all of the people of Ecuador, including the violent Auca. Within a few months of arriving in Ecuador, Elliot and Fleming moved to the Shandia mission station located along the Curaray River, closer to the Huaorani lands. Read more »

On Mission: Jim Elliot

shutterstock_124775275Jim Elliot’s efforts to spread the Word of God to people of native Ecuador would prove to break barriers for following missionaries. His sacrifice lead the way for missionaries to continue to help the people of indigenous Ecuador

Philip James “Jim” Elliot was born on October 8, 1927, in Portland, Oregon, to Fred and Clara Elliot. His father was a traveling preacher with the Plymouth Brethren evangelists; his mother was a chiropractor. Throughout his childhood, Jim was active in his church and studies. He viewed himself as a pacifist, finding non-violent ways to spread his views and message. Read more »

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