Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions, but, please always feel free to give us a call so we can be sure all your questions are properly answered.
What are the age groups?
Grade levels are divided as follows (Middle School = grades 5-8; High School = grades 9-12). Students in grade 8 can travel with either age group. We define the student’s grade as the actual grade of the student in the year of travel. Certain programs are earmarked for middle school only—not every program is suited for this grade level.
How do I choose an itinerary?
There are three most important factors: your desired itinerary, departure date, and your child’s grade level. It’s best to check itineraries closely—there is a wide variation of activities and program costs. It is vital that families make decisions early to enroll, as this year, a number of our programs were waitlisted.
What is the group size?
Most groups are approximately 40 students and 4 travel leaders. They will be met by our overseas Delegation Manager and motor coach driver, and so the average student to adult ratio can be as low as 7:1.
Where will my child stay?
In hotels, or carefully selected accommodations designed to match the local culture. Example: in South Africa, we would stay in a unique wildlife lodge on the edge of Kruger National Park. Many programs will also plan short homestays (1-2 days in length) working with local families who have been chosen by local coordinators—a big part of the People to People cultural experience.
What does the program cost and what is included?
The program cost is listed on the programs page. Navigate to the program of your choice, and select the travel date and desired departure airport for your complete tuition. Our program tuitions range from $2,990 for an 8-day program to Costa Rica up to $8,390 for a 22-day program to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The majority of our programs are $5,690 to $6,490 for 17 to 19 days. Costs will vary due to travel distances and other factors.
Our program costs are inclusive, which means no surprises for students during travel, and cover airfare, 3 meals a day, all hotel and other accommodations, local transportation and motor coaches, entrance fees, local guides and a group travel manager in the destination country.
Not included is the tuition are visa fees (if needed), passport fees, and any special costs to assist you during air travel to meet the group.
When do you travel?
Summer 2018 and 2019
Can parents travel with the programs?
Only for middle school programs (grades 5-8). Parents (or immediate relatives) can travel as observers and participants, but not as leaders. Program cost will be the same as a student traveler. Additional fees may apply for single-room supplements. Traveling adults must pass a background check and be physically capable of doing all activities. The program exists for students, and is not a tourist trip for adults.
How do you prepare my student for travel?
We will have three in person or online pre-travel meetings prior to travel, during the spring months. We also have Facebook groups for each program group so students and educators can connect well in advance of their departure date.
What are the deadlines?
As our capacity is very limited, please don’t wait to apply. Space is filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Deposits for travel in 2018
To enroll simply get online and select your preferred itinerary and date of travel. A deposit will be required as per the schedule below:-
Until 29th Jan 2018 we require a 7% deposit at time of booking followed by 3 equal payments at approximately equal intervals between date of booking and May 2018.
From the 29th Jan 2018 this changes to a 20% deposit followed by 2 equal payments at approximately equal intervals between date of booking and May 2018.
From 26th Feb 2018 this changes to a 50% deposit followed by one final 50% payment by May 2018.
From April 9th 2018 no payment plans are offered and the full fee is due at time of booking.
Don’t worry though, we will automatically send you a payment reminder invoice when your next payment is due.
Deposits for travel in 2019
To enroll for a 2019 program we require a non-refundable $350.00 deposit.
How can I enroll?
Visit our Programs page and select your desired destination, to start the process. If you want help, give us a call at 1-844.359.2020 and press 1. It will take you to our admissions team.
About Air Travel—How will I join my group?
You will be either part of a Local Delegation group, or join a National Delegation group, with students from across the country. It depends on the itinerary you choose. On our website, each itinerary will have a departure date, and an international gateway city listed. Families enrolling from across the country will have a modest additional airfare to get from, say, Kansas City to New York —to link up with the group. If we have a locally-formed travel group, then we would fly everyone as a team (with their assigned teacher) to the international gateway city. Please note: some ‘unaccompanied minor’ fees may be necessary for students in lower grades.
When travelling on a People to People International Student Travel Program, you will have the opportunity to fly with a number of different carriers, and as they are all members of OneWorld and Star Alliance, we can assure all families that our air carriers meet strict safety standards.