IndependenceWe provide our students with an unprecedented level of independence on our trips. We firmly believe that the most effective and efficient way to learn anything is to practice it in the real world, with a small group of friends who are willing to collaborate, and a mentor who can provide additional guidance. So we transfer responsibility for the most interesting tasks to the students, and they love it!
Small GroupsLarge tours require lots of compromises. Our trips are private and limited to 15 students so that we can provide great flights, stay at popular little hotels in the heart of the city, restaurants are delighted to see us at the door and provide fast and friendly service, and we can quickly adapt the itinerary to the particular mix of personalities on the trip.
Our team of Program Directors carefully adapt the program to each students skill level, background, and the mix of personalities in the student's group. This requires skills which come naturally to great teachers, in particular World Language and Social Studies teachers who have travelled extensively themselves. Beyond being great teachers and experienced travelers, our Program Directors are friendly travel companions! Read More
For half a century teachers and students looking for affordable approach to travel have found themselves being blended into a large group.
On such trips you lose personal control over the experience, it's not your private trip. You go where you're told, see what you're told, eat when and where you're told. If you're lucky, you'll get along with the other groups. Either way, you're doing everything with them.
It's an affordable approach, but it's frustrating.
Rather than offer yet another travel program that takes a herd of completely dependent students to as many places as possible, we offer a program that develops a small group of students into independent travelers.
Personal AttentionWe focus on the journey and the destination equally, helping each student appreciate the importance of every item on our itinerary while presenting them with opportunities to perfect their skills along the way. This requires significant personal attention, so we limit the number of students on our trips.
Freedom, Opportunity, ResponsibilityWe reserve flights, accommodations, and important activities in advance. When and where to make the remaining reservations on the itinerary becomes part of the groups unique journey. This immensely engaging "independent traveler" experience is only possible with a small group of students and a well trained Group Director.
Structure and AdviceEvery group travels with one of our personally trained Group Directors, a carefully selected teacher who knows the destination and appreciates our trip objectives for the students. By your side during the day and staying at your hotel each night, with 24/7 support from our offices, your Group Director is well positioned to ensure your students have a successful trip!
Bottom LineYou will not find a better travel program for a small private group of students at a more affordable price.
They were born for this role. They have dedicated their lives to teaching young students, traveled extensively, and they want to share their passion for travel with the next generation. Spend a minute with any member of our Program Director Team - ask them about their favorite spots, or their fondest memory of traveling with students - and you'll want to drop everything and go travel with them.