Homestretch. Finals almost done. Now get an UnBELIZEABLE gift from us!

So much learning disguised as FUN you won’t BELIZE IT! Reward yourself for getting through another semester! Our students in Belize are so happy about it they are DANCING!!!

We know you’ve been working hard. That’s why we want you to reward yourself with this once in a life time SPRING BREAK trip to Belize! Santa came to Ardenti and gave us $100.00 towards your deposit!



Just a few years ago I was sitting in a classroom at this time of year thinking, “Please Lord just let this be over. I just want to pass this exam and move on with my life.” I totally get it. College was all fun and games for me until the studying part started! Am I right? I know it seems rough now, but trust me, one of the GREATEST feelings I have ever had was finally walking on that stage and getting that HARD EARNED diploma! You can do this. I promise.

But, I would not be a good educator/mom/mentor if I didn’t tell you that when you put in the hard work you should always REWARD yourself! And what greater reward than taking yourself to a different country to see its beauty not only in the landscape but through its people. We want you to come immerse yourself in the culture of Belize for your spring break. And when I say immerse…….. well let me just show you a few snippets of our fall trip……


Imagine giving yourself this gift for Christmas as a JOB WELL DONE for hanging in there through fall semester and giving it your all! And Santa and Ardenti have teamed up to give you guys an “attaboy” as well! We are giving you $100.00 off of your deposit (we want you to use that on buying Christmas gifts!) All you have to do is apply here and you are on your way to an AMAZING Spring Break unlike any other spring break you have had before! Be sure to use PROMO CODE CHRISTMASGIFT in the “coupon seen online” space and you will get $100.00 off of your deposit. C’mon……. you know you want to do this!


There’s just one thing left…….. the kids we work with in Belize wanted to tell you something….


ACT FAST! SPACES ARE FILLING! Use Promo Code CHRISTMAS GIFT to get your Christmas Gift of $100.00 off of your deposit!



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Another Semester huh? Tired of the same old routine? SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!!!

FALL 2018 SEMESTER IS HERE!  What will you do differently this semester?  

Take a look at what you could be doing in this SHORT video and let's get you going!

 

When I was in school, which by the way wasn't that long ago, it felt like every semester about mid way through I would feel like it was NEVER going to end.  I bet some of you get that same feeling.  Ardenti has created a way for you to be able to break up your semester with a life changing, transforming trip that will also build your resume!!  This fall we have two of them!  

 

Belize City, Belize for 10 days and Austin Texas for 8 days.  One of them you can swim with sharks while working with community children in their school and the other you can take a hot air balloon ride while working with a real live working tiny home community for the chronically homeless. 

Belize leaves in November and is part of your Fall break and Austin leaves right after final exams!  

So stop getting stuck in the hum drum long drawn out semester and break it up with an incredible trip that will not only change your life but the lives of all the people we work with in these communities!!  

Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis, so if you are ready fill out our application on our website under the "Volunteer Abroad Today" tab!  HURRY!  They will not last!

And if you will be traveling during the holidays we also have information on how to make it through when or if your plans get all wonky doodle in the  process!! Travel along with Momleficent and learn some super cool tricks to staying safe when the travel blunders have you going sideways!! 

 Dr. Carlise Wynne shows us all super awesome travel hacks to prepare for our fall travel!

Dr. Carlise Wynne shows us all super awesome travel hacks to prepare for our fall travel!

Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!  Get going now!!

SUMMER TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Douglas Castle, Jamaica And a HUGE shout out to AOII at University of Alabama!!

Douglas Castle, Jamaica:  Where the mountains meet the sea.

From my journal January 3, 2018:

We left Montego Bay this morning at 8:30 a.m. headed toward Ochos Rios on Philip Goldston Hwy.  This highway is the main highway that is used to travel between most of the big cities along the Northern coastline.  

There is a good portion of the ride where you can look to your left and see the turquoise waters of the calm, majestic Caribbean Sea.  The highway is lined with beautiful landscape.  Palm trees and fruit trees to the left and rolling hills to the right spotted with beautiful green foliage.  This goes on for miles until after we leave St. Annes Bay, a small coastal town with amazing food and the hustle and bustle of people going on about their day.  We stopped in St. Anne's Bay for lunch and a quick visit to the bank (well, quick might be a little over stated.) 

We ate lunch at a little restaurant situated at the top of a narrow flight of stairs in a two story building on a side street away from most of the people conducting business on foot on the main drag.  Lunch consisted of the most amazing jerk chicken with rice and peas and "vegetables" that is literally what we would call cole slaw in the U.S.  It was super amazing.  And extremely fresh. 

Once we were done with lunch we headed back out for our hour and a half journey into the beautiful sweet smelling mountains near Nine Mile, the birth place of the legendary Bob Marley.   The ride was full of pot holes and good conversation and seemed a great deal shorter than the time showed it had been.  When we got high up in the mountains I could look out of the window to my left and literally see where the Caribbean Sea met the coastline of this beautiful country.  Far above any beaches I could see the majestic beauty of this island that I've made my second home.  The mountains made their way down to the coast as if they were arms, open...waiting to greet the newest wave of visitors.   I really had never seen such beauty. 

When we arrived in Douglas Castle residents there came up to the car to greet Dr. Douglas (yes the name is part of the town's name) as they were excited to see the former resident that had departed so long ago to go fulfill her dreams and education in the United States.  It had been six years since the last time they saw her.  Everyone was so excited she was home that when they saw her in the car they would come over to greet her and see how she was.  Even the deaf man, who knew no sign language, but could communicate with everyone by reading lips and making hand gestures.  It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.   There is one road into and out of Douglas Castle.  We were on it.  I couldn't help but think it felt as if we were the main attraction in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade even though we were the only car traveling through.  

We met with the local early childhood school principal and went over how we could best help her community and learn from what they were doing there in regards to education.   We assessed the site at which our service learners would be working and talked about where we would house the students to immerse them into the community there.  We toured the local church which is currently serving as the make shift classrooms for the children while they construct a new building down the road.   As the church is small, and the accommodations are challenging to say the least, there are times when they can not have school because some of the classrooms would be exposed to the elements if it rained.  I saw the reason for the hurried nature of the new construction happening as we toured the church.  

Then, as quickly as it felt we came into the community, we had to say our goodbyes to make the journey back down out of the mountains to where we were staying in Montego Bay.  But not before we made way to Nine Mile so I could pay my homage to the much respected Bob Marley.  As a historian who specializes in slavery and civil rights, I can not tell you the magnitude of my gratitude for my tour guides taking me there to see this iconic place.  I knew it would have to be an excursion for the service learners as well. 

Our journey back ( a different way) took me through different towns with more amazing food.  One thing about Jamaica, you will never be hungry there.  

Want to see this awesome and amazing place and learn about the community while living there for 10 days in June?  Make sure to apply today so we can get you started!! 

TRIP BREAKDOWN:  10 Days/9 Nights  July 7-17, 2018 ALL INCLUSIVE OF MEALS, EXCURSIONS, TRIP INSURANCE, TRANSPORTATION AND SITE SUSTAINABILITY.  

EXCURSIONS INCLUDE:  APPLETON RUM PLANTATION, BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE PLANTATION, NINE MILE (BOB MARLEY), DUNN'S RIVER FALLS, NEGRIL (RICK'S CAFE) 

PRICE:  $1875.00 plus airfare  $350.00 deposit; payments monthly following. 

 

We visited with AOII at University of Alabama this week and they were AMAZING!! They were awesome at our Kahoot game and asked GREAT questions!!  Since they were so awesome we are giving away another COUPON in their honor!!!  If you mention "AOII" in the coupon section of the application, we will give you $50.00 off the trip of your choice!!! So hurry and get your savings!! If you are an AOII member you get $75.00 off!!!

 

THIS IS ONE OF THREE GREAT TRIPS DEPARTING THIS SUMMER!! FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CHEROKEE NATION OR BELIZE PLEASE VISIT:

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