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A passport is not just a simple passport. A passport is the first step to an adventure, and an item that is treasured years after your first experience (because often it isn’t your last), as you proudly look back at the stamps you have collected. In the wise words of Grumpy Cat–
For some, part of applying for study abroad is getting your first passport or renewing it. Even if you aren’t thinking about travel right now, a passport is a great idea so that you can be ready when an opportunity presents itself. You can visit travel.state.gov for help.
Do you know when the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano) in Salamanca was built? Find out that and more in this lesson plan.
Are you teaching or learning Spanish? Want specific information about a particular city? Teachers, homeschoolers, and parents alike can benefit from this lesson plan about Salamanca, Spain. It is a one hour plan with three activities to help students develop vocabulary, conversations and even career skills such as applying for scholarships. Designed mainly for advanced level Spanish students grades 9-12.
Students: If you would like to do this activity on your own to improve your Spanish, just skip page one of instructions, and move on to the actual activities!
SpainLessonPlan Click to download PDF.
Spanish teachers and counselors: RSVP for the Webinar happening Nov. 6th, at 2PM CDT to learn about the scholarship opportunity for students to attend the Spanish Summer Immersion Camp in Salamanca, Spain. If you can’t attend, you can still RSVP and be sent a recorded version and free lesson plan about Salamanca.
Whether you are trying to decide on a country to travel to, or how much money to save, or even what the temperature is, the following resources will help you get the low-down on what you need to know (None of these are sponsored links, we just love them!).
- Need a reliable currency conversion website? Try XE. It uses current and updated market rates to give you the most accurate conversion of over 20 different currencies.
- Can’t decide what to pack, have a horrible memory, or it’s your first time traveling solo? Look to Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush for free online packing lists and planning logistics. It will even give you local temperature updates on where you are going, and suggest packing based on what activities you will do! Hint: if you are studying abroad, select “cultural break”.
Hint: Expert travelers know, you ALWAYS pack a maximum of one checked suitcase. Airlines charge many extra fees for two checked bags and often your host family or residence won’t even have room to store two suitcases! You will shop abroad, so don’t bring too many “American” clothes (t-shirts with logos, sweatshirts or sweatpants, and forget the shoes, they take up too much space!).
- Do you learn visually or just love Pinterest? Check out this Pinterest Packing Board: Packing 101
- Want to compare countries and learn more about where you are going? Check out Lonely Planet for the most in depth look at history, culture, climate, the people, and the food. It’s the most trusted travel resource and has information on almost every country in the world.
- Check safety and travel advisories for your country at the Department of State website.
Hint: iE-USA does not send teens to countries with serious travel advisories and has a contingency plan in place if an advisory were to be issued.
- Are you travelling soon and want flight updates? Did you know that there is a free App for Smartphones called FlightAware that not only tells you delays, but also your parents or friends could track where your plane is flying in real time! Google Now Cards (open a Flight Receipt in your email on your phone and it will save it) and Passbook for iPhone also work well!
- Want to become a travel blogger on your study abroad trip? Brush up your blogging skills here: TeenBlogger
Hint: Trying to come up with extra spending money for your trip? If you are an entrepeneur, you could use your travel blog to make money! Travel blogs typically attract more attention then ‘normal’ blogs because they are exciting! Take lots of pictures and keep your posts short but frequent, and keep a positive or humorous attitude!