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Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

on Jul 28, 2020 11:06:59 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Covid-19
Travel restrictions have hit United States citizens in a big way. In general, our reluctance to follow best-practices on containing the virus has caused enough spikes nationally, that the EU and other areas of the world have continued to ban Americans from entering their countries.
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GeoVisions Foundation and Renzulli Learning Partner on Teach Abroad

on Apr 15, 2020 11:02:43 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Teaching English Tutor
The GeoVisions Foundation has announced the development of a strategic partnership with Renzulli Learning of New Haven, Connecticut.
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Top Five Teach English Abroad Programs For 2020

on Sep 21, 2019 4:36:01 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | teaching abroad Teaching English teach english abroad
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And what if money were no object? THEN where would you go? Soon, you could be in a place you never even imagined existed. Or in a place you thought it would take years to see. And living alongside people you didn't even know exist. Where and how would you begin to make this happen?
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Live Like A Local Or As A Local?

on Sep 4, 2019 10:24:21 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | live like a local
Wish you weren't here! "Live like a local" is a term you find everywhere these days. It's what we say we're going to do to rationalize renting an Airbnb or Home Away for a few days. "Live like a local" has over 6 Billion listings on Google. No wonder it's just something we "willy-nilly" throw out there that we're going to do next time we travel. Living with a carefully screened host family (free room and board) for 1, 2 or 3 months shows us what it's like to live there. Renting an Airbnb does not. Host families eager to learn English don't decorate their homes (usually) with Airspace. They are full of family, clutter, kids, parents and all of their friends! You're not getting that at Airbnb. Tutoring English to a host family in Spain, Italy, France or Germany comes with a lot of experiences. Over at Airbnb you have to buy their new Trips packages. And those won't get you a birthday party with the extended family out in the French countryside. Or a family weekend at the beach in Italy. Or a week of skiing in the Alps in Germany. That's living as a local. As over-tourism, housing crises, and income inequality continue to define urban life in many popular destinations, it appears that tension between “traveler locals” and actual locals has only just begun. “Maybe it shouldn’t be about ‘sustainable tourism,'” she writes. “Maybe what it should really be about is ‘sustainable culture.’ How do we sustain cultures without letting tourists overrun them?” “As a slogan, I’ve found ‘live like a local’ frustrating. Was the intention ever to live like a local? You were there for five days—I don’t know if that can ever be achieved,” Stone said. “On a personal level, though, I’ve found locals to be very kind to me, especially if you take the time to say ‘tell me more’ I want to better understand, tell me about your history family wherever you are.”
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Nick Fradiani Day In Guilford

on Aug 25, 2019 12:02:00 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Work Abroad
We're celebrating Nick Fradiani Day here in Guilford.  Who is Nick?  Well, he's made it into the final four of American Idol ... and he's from Guilford, just like GeoVisions.  We'll be posting photos and video all day as all the schools in Guilford celebrate with a parade up Whitfield Street and then an American Idol conference directly across the street from our office on the historic Guilford Green.  Check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels to stay up to date with this really fun day in Guilford.  This photo is of some of our staff celebrating the start of a really fun day here in Guilford.
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