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Dani Fluegeman, Trip Coordinator with Educational Tours, is passionate about her job and is delighted to help students have a thrilling travel experience they’ll never forget. From daydreaming about sushi in Japan to hiking the Swiss Alps and soaking up some stunningly scenic views, read on to learn more about Dani and what she loves about travel!
Where is your favorite destination?
I’m all about trying new destinations. I’d rather visit somewhere I’ve never been!
What’s your most treasured travel memory, or the best thing you’ve learned while traveling?
I once took a two-week long trip to Europe in high school. I visited Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I will never forget what it was like to hike the Swiss Alps!
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While planning an educational travel adventure can be exhilarating, chances are group leaders and educators are going to be approached by parents with questions on anything and everything. To help give you an idea, we’ve rounded up the top five most common questions ETI encounters from parents.
“Can I share a room with my child on the trip?”
It depends! While some group leaders and educators don’t mind allowing a parent who is a chaperone or otherwise share a room with their child, others may prefer parents have a separate hotel room for the trip. This allows a greater opportunity for students to create bonds on their own, embrace the perspective travel affords them and spread their wings.
“What’s the itinerary? I’d like to shadow the trip.”
The group leader and educator will provide this information at their own personal discretion. Due to privacy concerns, ETI only shares this information with the group leaders.
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Jake Huysentruyt: A Warm Welcome from Disney
Jake Huysentruyt, Director of Bands at Sandusky Community Schools in Sandusky, Michigan, began traveling with his students back in 2007. Huysentruyt, who teaches grades 5 – 12, was afforded the privilege of traveling as a student himself, and saw firsthand the value of student travel.
“I had been on some trips as high school student myself, and really had a great time, so I always said to myself, when I get a chance to do that—if I do end up becoming a band director—then I want to take my students on trips like that,” Huysentruyt said.