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In the 1960's, Jack Golen was a geography teacher at Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois, looking to make a lasting impression on his students. He decided to take his class to visit the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Talk about an eye-opening experience! The group spent three days touring and it became one of the most memorable experiences of Jack’s life. His students had an extraordinary tour, experiencing a new city, culture, sites and attractions, while in the company of their peers. They even handled the additional responsibility of being away from their parents.

It was then that Jack recognized that not only were the students excited and having the time of their lives, but the tour provided an educational enhancement to the curriculum implemented in his classroom. One year later, he chose to retire from teaching in order to pursue his dream of giving the same experiences and feelings to more student and youth groups throughout the country.

Today, Hemisphere Educational Travel is a nationally recognized educational travel company with decades of experience, focused on providing customized student tours and youth educational travel services throughout the world. Each year, thousands of students tour the world with Hemisphere and experience the strong bond between travel and education through our tour programs.

Whether you are a teacher, principal, administrator, parent or youth group leader, you have the capacity to provide the same lifelong experiences and lasting memories to your student or youth group as Jack did in 1970.

Let Hemisphere help you make your own history.