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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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The Anatomy Of The Perfect Travel Abroad Experience

Rachel graduated from the University of Connecticut this past May and didn't go abroad her 4 years at UCONN because she couldn't fit it into her schedule and graduate on time. She wanted to study abroad for a semester, and just couldn't make it happen. Now that she's graduated, she wants a year off before starting a career and she wants a portion of that year to be working abroad. Rachel spoke to me a few days ago about her goal to travel abroad and make a difference. She was frustrated because we were the third organization she spoke to. (I told her I wished she'd have thought of us first.) She couldn't remember what other organizations promised her, the different benefits and she wasn't 100% clear on what she could do and if she could afford an experience like this. Because there were so many options for her, I think she "overdosed" on information. I showed Rachel how following only 3 crucial steps would get her to where she wants to be, doing what she wants to be doing, and positively impacting lives permanently.
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We Know How Hard It Is To Afford To Travel Abroad

on Sat, Sep 08, 2018 By | Randy LeGrant | 2 Comments | Tax Deductions Financial Issues
Although the economy in the US is rolling along and unemployment is almost nil, we hear from a lot of people who have difficulty saving up $350 for the program deposit. People who call us want to travel different. They want to travel and while they travel they want to make a difference. They also want to be able to afford the GeoVisions program fee, the airfare, and some personal spending along the way. Who can blame them? It's what we all want. Not only do GeoVisions participants come up with a $350 program deposit, most of our travel adventures include 1-12 months away from home, friends, work, school ... whatever is going on in their lives at the moment. It’s both a financial and time commitment. Most of our participants take over 3 months just to make the final decision to participate. We get it. Since 2001 we’ve been serving people who want to travel different. If they’re going that far, spending their hard-earned money and taking that much time to make a difference ... that’s a decision that takes time. Trust me, we have had more than 70,000 travelers participate with GeoVisions since we started in 2001, and that means we’ve talked to hundreds of thousands of people over these 17 years. We’re good listeners and we’re accustomed to hearing all kinds of concerns, and we’re good at helping people reach their travel goal who use our plan.
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Don't Let Reviews Kill Your Adventure

on Sun, Aug 12, 2018 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Program Reviews
If the best travel experiences happen when things don’t go according to plan, why do we plan so much? We rely on our participants to write great stories about their #SeekExperiences abroad. Whether they're teaching, doing au pair duties, teaching English in a summer language camp or volunteering abroad ... we "seek" real stories and real experiences to pass along to anyone who might find our #SeekExperiences Blog helpful.
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THE Must Have Travel Abroad App

on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Travel Apps
I’m kind of at the end of a 31-day trip abroad. I’m visiting GeoVisions partners and participants in Spain, Italy and France. I have 7 more days ahead of me … the rest of Italy and Northern France. It has been a great use of my time. I have talked to our Au Pairs in Spain and Italy. Our program, Tutor English To A Family in Spain (and in Italy), have great people on the program now and I’m sure I’ll be equally impressed when I get to France and meet partners and participants there. Tomorrow I’m having lunch with our counselors at the Day Camp Counselor In Italy program in Porto San Elpidio.
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Three Ways To Be Famous On GeoVisions Home Page

on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | GeoVisions Updates
About 50% of the way down our Home Page, you will see our Social Media section. You can show up there and become famous!
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