Hello Educators, Happy New Year! We have a few announcements to share with you: Due to our Greece and India/Nepal programs filling up so quickly we

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Hello Educators,

Happy New Year! We have a few announcements to share with you:

Due to our Greece and India/Nepal programs filling up so quickly we are now offering additional departures for each location. The new Greece program will run from July 19th through August 2nd and the new India/Nepal program will run from June 10th through June 25th.

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GEEO and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), University of Pittsburgh coordinating site are happy to announce our new Backroads of Japan program. The group will be accompanied by Dr. David Kenley of Elizabethtown College who will be supplementing the tour with presentations and information on the theme of “Whither Japan?: Finding the Road Forward in the Twenty-first Century.” From now until January 31st we are offering this amazing program for an extra 5% off the regular price. The dates for this program are July 26th through August 6th and it is open to all educators and their guests.

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GEEO is excited to announce that we will be offering a second Heart of the Silk Road program. This program will be run in collaboration with Yale University's Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) and the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Participants will be accompanied by Frank Griffel, Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies and Professor of Islamic Studies at Yale University. The dates are July 19th through July 30th, 2014. The trip is selling out really quickly so we would recommend signing up right away if you wish to join. Our June 28th Heart of the Silk Road program is being run with NYU and is already sold out.

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GEEO's Morocco Spring Break sold out very quickly so we have opened up a second departure with the same dates and itinerary as our original group. If your spring break happens to be April 13th through April 20th please take a look here for more details.

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Our Italy's Amalfi Coast program, which runs from June 21st through June 28th, will have an earlier booking deadline than the rest of our summer programs. If you wish to participate in this program you must sign up by February 28th. With cooking demonstrations almost every-night and long hikes through gorgeous towns and countryside during the day, this program will likely be full in the next few weeks as we only have limited space available. I encourage you to sign up right away.

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Lastly, we also wanted to pass along an announcement from our friends' at TOP:

Experience is what the Transatlantic Outreach Program is all about. Since 2001, TOP has sought to find the best and most qualified K-12 social studies educators and give them the opportunity to experience modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person.

From Berlin to Frankfurt, from Stuttgart to Munich, from Hamburg to Kiel, from Dresden to Schwerin, and from Weimar to Leipzig, each corner of Germany is sampled through sight, sound, touch, and taste!

These all-expense-paid study tours are two weeks in length and take place during the summer.
The 2014 application deadline is February 3, 2014. If necessary, feel free to postmark your application as late as this date.

To read the study tour FAQ and download the application form, please visit click here.
Please note: GEEO is not affiliated with TOP and does not operate TOP's programs.

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Full details regarding our programs are available on our website, www.geeo.org. If you have any questions feel free to contact us 9AM - 9PM EST, 7 days a week at 1-877-600-0105. You can also email jesse@geeo.org.

Regards,
Jesse Weisz

Executive Director of GEEO

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GEEO's 2014 Programs

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Spring Break Morocco

Take to a camel to explore the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.

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NCTA Backroads of Japan

Tokyo and Kyoto—the modern and imperial capitals of Japan, respectively—represent the perfect merger of the ancient and the contemporary. On this trip, you’ll thoroughly explore both and many places in between, from traditional villages and miles of rice fields to ancient temples and the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps.

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Family Costa Rica

This 9 day Family trip allows teachers and their children to experience an education in biology and ecology they’ll never get in a textbook. Here, you’ll spend five life-changing days studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Angkor Adventure

Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This nine-day trip is ideal for the traveler who is short on time but wants to soak up the colors, culture and history of this incredible region. You will also visit the Mekong Delta and Bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam as well as amazing Bangkok in Thailand.

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New Zealand

There is much, much, much to do here, be it digging your own hot tub in the sand, attending a Maori Hangi in Rotorua, eating fish and chips on a black sand beach at sunset, hiking a glacier, skiing in the Southern Alps or cruising around the fjords of Milford Sound. This amazing journey through both the North and South islands of New Zealand delivers the highlights of this lovely country.

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Portugal/Spain

Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine—the Iberian Peninsula really is an embarrassment of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of Alhambra and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes.

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Greece

This amazing tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sites of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste.

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Turkey

This 15 day tour of Turkey combines history and beaches, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming culture. From amazing white cliff waterfalls to bustling bazaars, our local Tour leaders will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Asia and Europe.

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Morocco

Wander through kasbahs, spice markets and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive Morocco trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares.

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India/Nepal

Step right into the history books, where maharajas reigned and gods were born. Visit colorful Rajasthan, the holy city of Varanasi and enjoy the natural wonder of Nepal, ‘roof of the world’. This is an incredible journey of unsurpassed natural beauty and spirituality.

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Bangkok to Hanoi

On this program you will travel to the dynamic capitals of Thailand (Bangkok), Laos (Vientiane) and Vietnam (Ha Noi). This trip spends a large portion of it's time in the hidden gem that is Laos. You'll have the opportunity to visit amazing Buddhist temples and bustling night markets, cruise on the Mekong River, explore majestic caves and endless rice fields, swim under cascading waterfalls, ride elephants, and kayak below gorgeous karst mountains.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world - a true Garden of Eden. Let Costa Rica mesmerize you as we explore its rainforests, rushing rivers, pristine beaches and towering volcanoes. This trip combines world-class highlights with more remote areas for an authentic adventure experience.

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Southern Africa

GEEO is happy to offer you this exciting travel adventure in Southern Africa. Our program visits the countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe. You will travel by a specially outfitted expedition truck for the three weeks, camping along the way.

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Russia/Mongolia/China

Any interest in 5000 miles of adventure? From the cathedrals of Russia to the imperial palaces of Beijing, you'll encounter the best of St Petersburg and Moscow before boarding the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway en route to Lake Baikal. Experience secluded Mongolia's colorful culture and spend a night in a ger before continuing on to the palaces of Beijing.

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Italy's Amalfi Coast

On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s (incredibly lucky) locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Mediterranean by afternoon, have a cooking class in the evening and tuck into bed at your sixteenth-century monastery home base at night.

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Spring Break India

This compact Indian journey will introduce you to three very different northern cities. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the "golden triangle," are packed with amazing sights, sounds and smells that will both shock and delight your senses.

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Vietnam

Savor Vietnam's scenic, historical, cultural and culinary delights as you travel the length of the country on this fun-filled 2-week trip. There is so much to discover - from the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City to the charms of Hoi An, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the natural beauty of Halong Bay.

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The Galapagos Islands

This ten-day adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galapagos Islands but prefer to sleep on shore—so your time on the water is limited to commuting between islands. Go ashore at the lesser-visited island of Isabela and spend your days with playful sea lions, giant manta rays and the Galapagos giant tortoise.

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China

Walk backwards in time along the Great Wall and stare down an army of terracotta warriors before leaping into the future of Shanghai's incredible high-rise towers on this fast-paced tour of China’s highlights. With the perfect blend of guided activities and free time to explore on your own, this adventure is perfect for those who want to get a taste of China in a short amount of time.

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Peru

This 13-day tour combines great scenery with in-depth cultural experiences. Trek in the Andes amidst ancient ruins, experience rural indigenous culture during your community stay and wander through bustling markets in Cuzco.

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Italy

From the villages of Cinque Terre to Tuscany's medieval splendor, this is an adventure for those looking to indulge in all of Italy’s delights. Walk through grand piazzas and winding lanes, stroll the canals of Venice and float past villas on Lake Como. Marvel at the ancient grandeur of Rome and the renaissance masterpieces of Florence. Experience the best of Italy with other educators on this exciting GEEO program.

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