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2013 student travel opportunities

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table of contents Adventure and Service Learning Programs Costa Rica............................................4 Italy......................................................6 Spain....................................................8 England and France ..........................10 Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.......... 12 China.................................................. 14 Florida................................................ 18 Inauguration 2013..............................20 New Orleans......................................22


Spanish Language Immersion Costa Rica..........................................24 Spain .................................................26 Study Abroad Florence, Italy ...................................28 Seville, Spain .....................................30 Expedition Programs Iceland ...............................................32 Arctic..................................................34

Career Exploration in New York City Fashion Marketing.............................37 Sports Marketing ..............................38 Theatre...............................................39 About new Worlds Emerge The WorldStrides Difference.............40 Our Team............................................ 41 Why Student Travel............................42 College Credit....................................43 Financial Assistance...........................44 Application.........................................45 Other WorldStrides Programs...........47

College Credit

spirit of adventure Embark on an experience that will transform your perspective, expose you to new people and places, and change your life. The world is waiting for you. Choose

Study Abroad

your path and

let your

adventure begin! “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

~henry miller 3

costa rica adventure and service Want to serve and have a great time in the process? Stop sitting on the sidelines and start experiencing life like never before. Explore one of the world’s most exotic countries as you take in Costa Rica’s remarkable culture, incredible biodiversity, and serve fellow human beings and the environment. Enjoy days soaking in natural hot springs, snorkeling a coral reef, skimming the rainforest canopy as you zipline through the treetops, or simply enjoying a quiet moment to behold the natural beauty. Adventure waits for you around every corner!

Itinerary Overview Itinerary Highlights

This program includes 11 nights in Costa Rica and approximately 40 hours of community service.

• Whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí river

Day 1:

• Service projects in Costa Rican communities

Enjoy your flight from the United States to Costa Rica. Enjoy the welcome dinner and orientation at the hotel in San Juan as you get to know your fellow travelers with whom you’ll be living and working for the next two weeks.

• Volunteer experience at a local Costa Rican school • Zipline tour through the rainforest • Arenal Volcano Sky Trek and adventure combining walking, hanging bridges, and a canopy tour • Traditional Costa Rican dance class

13 days at $3,299 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast,

Day 2:

Sarapiquí and service projects

Today is your introduction to the complete Costa Rican adventure! Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican breakfast and prepare yourself to venture into the rainforest to get to know the Sarapiquí community. In the morning, take part in activities at a local elementary school, helping with a pen pal activity with the children. In the afternoon, switch gears and learn about reforestation and conservation efforts. Venture deep into the rainforest and plant a tree that will affect this delicate and ancient ecosystem. After dinner, connect with locals for a discussion about the “Pura Vida” lifestyle! Learn how Costa Ricans view their role on Earth and their place in the human community.

lunch, and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: June 10, June 17, July 1

Spring break date: March 31 7 days at $1,799

Day 3:

Volunteer in Sarapiquí

Now that you’ve gotten to know your new community, participate in a full-day community service project in the rural Sarapiquí. Projects vary based on your group’s unique talents, but may include repainting a local school or light construction on a nearby home. While you’re there, share lunch with locals and their families as you work alongside them. Afterward, return to the hotel for dinner and enjoy some free time by the pool after your day of work.

Day 4: Whitewater rafting and dance lessons

Finish up the details of your community service project, knowing that you have helped to make life a bit easier for a challenged community. After lunch, get ready for adventure! Feel the spray of the river on your face as you navigate class three rapids on the Sarapiquí river! Enjoy whitewater rafting with old and new friends on a thrilling trip down the river that is sure to be a highlight of your program. Keep your adrenaline pumping as you take part in a traditional Latin dance class after dinner!


Day 5: Chocolate making tour and arenal volcano

Indulge your senses today! Take a chocolate making tour — that’s right, Costa Rica is known for its chocolate — and then spend time in the mineral hot springs near Arenal volcano! Dip into the pools and relax. You’ve earned it!

Day 6:

Zipline and hiking adventure

Have you seen life from a bird’s-eye perspective? You will today! Fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline through the treetops. Later, take a hike through the misty trails in Arenal National Park to get the best views of this famous active volcano!

Day 7:

service and volunteer work

Begin another community service project in the communities of La Cabanga, San Rafael, and Pejibaye. Visit the local nutrition center, important to the surrounding communities, and help them improve their infrastructure. Enjoy a traditional lunch made just for New Worlds Emerge volunteers by local women.

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Day 11: service work and conchal beach

In the morning, participate in activites at the “Abriendo Mentes” program, devoted to empowering rural Costa Rican communities through educational and social initiatives. In the afternoon, work on your tan as you relax on nearby Conchal Beach, known for its brilliant white sand.

Day 12: tamarindo beach

Visit Tamarindo Beach for shopping and sightseeing on your last full day in Costa Rica! This local surfing town is known for its relaxed atmosphere and great food. Soak up a few more rays or shop its colorful streets before heading to San Juan. This evening, spend time with your new friends and fellow travelers as you view the Central Valley from the Tiquicia Restaurant, known for its breathtaking vistas. Enjoy your farewell dinner and dancing show on your last night!

Day 13: Departure

Depart Costa Rica for the United States, knowing that you’ve taken part in the global community. As you fly home, reflect on the ways its beauty and people have contributed to your knowledge of the world and of yourself.

hiking adventure and service work

Locals say that when the sky was being painted blue, the paintbrushes were washed in the Celeste River. Take in the incredible color and peace of this place after a short hike to the waterfalls. Learn how and why Costa Ricans are eager to preserve their landscape. Focus on sustainability with a visit to a local farm. Serve today both on the farm and in Tenorio National Park.

Day 9:

rafting and service work

Don’t just see the river, dive right in! Paddle hard on the Celeste River today as you pile into rafts and head toward Cañas town, where lunch will be waiting! Continue your adventure with a visit to Las Pumas Rescue Center to learn about their work with jaguars, cougars, and panthers! After dinner, enjoy some free time at the pool.

Day 10: liberia and palo verde

Enjoy some time in town in Liberia, the “white city” of western Costa Rica. Sip world-class coffee, shop, and relax into the local pace of life. Then, take a boat tour of Palo Verde National Park. Monkeys, reptiles, and birds abound! Don’t forget your camera to show your friends these amazing species! Enjoy free time with friends after dinner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca


italy adventure Attraversiamo! As the Italians say, let us cross to the other side. On this trip, you are not just a tourist; you are a student of the world. Experience life purely as the Italians do — full of energy, beauty, and mouth-watering cuisine. Feast your eyes on the stunning landscapes, experience the fascinating history, and enjoy the Italian flare for living well as you explore these fascinating cities and their unique café culture.

Itinerary Highlights • Pompeii, a city preserved in ash after Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 CE

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program includes three nights in Campania and four nights in Rome.

• Capri, famous Mediterranean island with crystal blue waters

Day 1:

Enjoy your flight from the United States to Italy.

• Ancient Rome’s Colosseum and Pantheon

Day 2:


• Florence, the heart of Tuscany and home of

Soak in breathtaking views of the ocean from the Amalfi Coast town of Sorrento. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, sunny skies, beautiful architecture, and relaxing with your fellow travelers.

• Naples, one of Italy’s most significant cities

Michelangelo’s David • Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel

9 days at $2,999 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: June 18, July 2, August 1

Day 3:

Vesuvius and Pompeii

Ascend Mt. Vesuvius, the active volcano famous for erupting in 79 CE, destroying the nearby town of Pompeii, and inspiring Dante’s Inferno. Pompeii, the once-thriving city, was buried in ash and frozen in time following Vesuvius’ eruption. Explore this preserved community and imagine living in this city moments before the volcano erupted.

Day 4:

Capri and Naples

Take a ferry to the magnificent Isle of Capri. Enjoy the sunshine and crystalline blue waters of Italy’s Garden of Eden, one of the Mediterranean’s must-see places. Take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto, one of the most beautiful natural sights in Italy. Ride the funicular railway from the marina to the town of Capri. Stroll through town, take in the panoramic views, shop in the elegant boutiques, and enjoy the picturesque cafés.

Day 5:

Naples and Rome

You can find good pizza almost anywhere in Italy, but you’ll find greatness in Naples by savoring the greatest slice of pizza you’ve ever tasted! Then explore the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and unlock the secrets of history as you delve into the cultures of the past. Journey toward Rome, “The Eternal City” and Italy’s capital. As the founding city of Western civilization, Rome is filled with historical sites and a rich story of its rise to power and fall from greatness. Get ready for a fast-paced environment with a thousand years of history!


Day 6:

Rome (The Ancient City)

Feel the roar of the crowd and imagine yourself as a gladiator during your tour of the Colosseum, the world’s first and greatest entertainment arena. Completed in 80 CE, the Colosseum could hold 55,000 spectators. Continue your ancient adventure at the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved Roman monuments and the oldest large-scale dome in Rome.

Day 7:

Rome (City of Popes)

Step into the Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the famous Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceiling. At just 0.2 square miles, the smallest country in the world is a self-governed province. Walk the streets of Rome at night, eat gelato by the Trevi Fountain, spend time with friends on the Spanish Steps, and experience the Italian flare for relaxation and reflection on this evening adventure.

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Follow the still-standing Roman aqueducts and take in the hills and vineyards of Tuscany as you take the train south to Florence. Visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, where you’ll see works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, and other Renaissance masters. Stroll down the Ponte Vecchio, the “old bridge,” where you’ll find world-class jewelry shops and amazing city views.

Day 9:


As your journey ends, enjoy your flight back to the United States.

*All itineraries in this catalog are sample itineraries only. Activities and excursions are subject to scheduling and availability. Final itineraries are released 30 days prior to departure.


spain adventure Viva España! Experience drama and intensity like never before when your feet hit the ground in beautiful Spain. From bullfighters and flamenco dancers to intense sunshine and breathtaking beaches, this experience will change your worldview. See world-renowned art, engage in lively late-night dinners, lie on crystalline beaches, and discover a whole new you.

Itinerary Highlights • Palacio Real, the Spanish royal family’s former

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include three nights in Madrid and four nights in Barcelona.

residence • El Escorial, famous 16th century royal monastery • Paella cooking lesson • Prado and Picasso Museums, Barcelona’s world class art museums • Gaudí’s masterpieces, Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell • Barceloneta and Nova Icaria Beach, Barcelona’s sunny beaches

9 days at $2,999 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

Day 1: Day 2:

June 18, July 2, August 1


Arrive in cosmopolitan Madrid, the heart of Spain. Walk the Gran Via, the city’s signature thoroughfare, shop world-class boutiques, and sip coffee at a nearby café. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3:


Enjoy the shops, cafés, and street life of Madrid’s most famous square, the Plaza Mayor, which in its rich history has seen markets, soccer games, bullfights, executions, and the Spanish Inquisition. Enter the doors of the Palacio Real and step back in time to the Spanish royal family’s former 2,000-room residence. Explore the Prado, one of the world’s best art museums, and then relax with locals and enjoy street musicians at Parque del Retiro. Experience cuisine how the locals do with a late-night meal of traditional tapas.

Day 4:

2013 Departure Dates:

Depart North America. Relax and enjoy your flight

to Madrid.


Venture outside Madrid for an exciting trip to Toledo. Experience a sense of cultural fusion as you enter this capital of La Mancha with its equal influences of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic culture. With its triangular city “square,” its medieval atmosphere, and its famous penchant for producing gold jewelry, take time to visit the impressive Toledo Cathedral. Relax, mix with locals, and shop in the specialty stores.

Day 5: El Escorial and Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) to Barcelona

Journey to El Escorial, a massive monastery-palace commissioned by Philip II. Explore the royal apartments or visit the Pantheon of Kings, which contains the remains of all the Spanish monarchs since the 16th century. Take in the hills and quaint stone houses in the countryside of Spain on the way to Barcelona aboard Spain’s high-speed train.


Day 6:

picasso and paella

Watch the streets come alive as you stroll Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most colorful and interesting avenue. With human-statue street performers, dancers, musicians, shopping, and the famous Boqueria Market, you’re sure to find entertainment and souvenirs aplenty. Lose yourself among the narrow streets and squares of the Gothic Quarter, the city’s oldest area, parts of which have survived since the Middle Ages. Don’t miss the Museu Picasso! Later, take a paella cooking lesson and dine on your own creation of Spain’s most famous national dish.

Day 7:

Gaudí Architecture and City Life

Enter into the magical world of Gaudí as you discover his renowned architecture. Begin with the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s masterpiece, a cathedral that stands as a work-in-progress, even after the architect’s death. Kick a soccer ball with friends in Gaudí’s Parc Güell, home to relaxing green spaces and a giant lizard fountain spitting water.

Day 8:

Barcelona and Beaches

Relax with a day of both panoramic views and sunbathing on one of Barcelona’s world-famous beaches. Take in the entirety of the city as you ascend via cable car to the area known as Montjuïc. Admire the city skyline from the medieval walls of Castell de Montjuïc. Then, relax with your friends on Barceloneta or Nova Icaria Beach. On your last night, enjoy a flamenco show! Experience Spain’s most iconic form of art in this performance before you depart.

Day 9:

Depart Barcelona

Enjoy your flight back to the U.S. as your journey ends.

*All itineraries in this catalog are sample itineraries only. Activities and excursions are subject to scheduling and availability. Final itineraries are released 30 days prior to departure.


england and france adventure From the art of Monet to the Crown Jewels of the Tower of London, beauty abounds in France and England. Experience the history, culture, arts, lifestyle, and cuisine that make these two countries unique. Stroll the same streets as Shakespeare, immerse yourself in student life at Oxford University, explore the magnificence of Versailles, and shop in the boutiques along the Champs-Elysées. Enjoy Parisian meals with new friends, and spend some time watching the sights from a traditional Parisian cafe.

Itinerary Highlights • Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth’s official residence

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program includes four nights in England and four nights in France.

• Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace • Normandy, site of World War II D-Day invasion • Versailles, Louis XIV’s opulent palace • Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, offering amazing views of Paris • Louvre, home of the Mona Lisa

10 days at $3,499 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: June 18, July 2, August 1

Day 1: Enjoy your flight from North America to London.

Day 2:


Start your journey with a Thames River Cruise, a relaxing way to see London’s most magnificent sights. Visit the Tower of London, where both monarchs and outlaws have both spent their last days as prisoners of the state. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the vibrant Piccadilly Circus area, where you can enjoy British tea, have fish and chips, or ride the London Eye.

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Imagine yourself at your own coronation when you visit Westminster Abbey, where British monarchs have been crowned since 1066 CE, and where Kate Middleton and Prince William were married! Take a leisurely walking tour on your way to Buckingham Palace for the Changing the Guard ceremony. Head to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone, and complete your day with free time to shop on Oxford and Regent Streets and enjoy dinner in Covent Garden.

Day 4: Windsor, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon

Get a glimpse into a place royals have called home for centuries during your tour of Windsor Castle, the world’s largest inhabited castle and one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. Next, visit Oxford, home to England’s first university. On a walking tour, follow in the footsteps of literary giants like Geoffrey Chaucer and C.S. Lewis. Relax over dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Day 5: Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Portsmouth, and ferry to France


“Wherefore art thou” in Stratford? Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace, visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, see where Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway (his wife, not the actress!) are buried, and gaze upon the banks of the river Avon, where Shakespeare no doubt conjured up inspiration for sonnets, plays, and poetry.

Visit mystifying Stonehenge, an impressive prehistoric monument. Constructed approximately 5,000 years ago, you can almost feel the eerie mystery surrounding the standing stones. After dinner, board an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, France.

Day 6:

Medieval france and NORMANDY

Step back in time to the medieval town of Sainte-Mère-Église. Envision yourself as a medieval merchant on cobbled streets, or step into the shoes of the Allied soldiers as you walk on Omaha Beach and explore monuments and museums commemorating the D-Day invasion of World War II. Explore Pointe du Hoc, a nearly 100-meterhigh cliff that U.S. Army Rangers held during the invasion.

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Visit the Musée d’Orsay, a former railroad station, now home to masterpieces by Monet, Dégas, Renoir, and Cézanne. Ascend to the top of the most recognizable structure in France, the Eiffel Tower. Gaze at the city from its wrought iron beams, and take in the sights you’ve seen in the previous days. Ride the funicular to Montmartre, have your portrait drawn by a yet-to-be-known artist, and have dinner while overlooking the city of lights.

Day 10: Departure from PARIS

Enjoy your flight from Paris to the United States.


En route from Normandy to Paris, stop at Versailles, one of the most famously opulent royal residences in Europe. Walk the same halls as “The Sun King,” Louis XIV, see where Marie Antoinette held the most extravagant parties and galas in history, and stroll through the impressive gardens. Arrive in Paris and begin your breathtaking journey with a “Baton Mouche” Seine River cruise. Feel the wind in your hair as you pass by Notre Dame Cathedral and other important landmarks. Reflect on your day during dinner in a local French restaurant.

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Stroll down the renowned Champs-Elysées, where Paris’ most chic stores and boutiques have been for centuries. Shop in luxury stores like Louis Vuitton, Sephora, or Cartier. At the end of the ChampsElysées, ascend the Arc de Triomphe, a massive triumphal arch commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte that serves as an excellent vantage point for looking out at this magical city. Venture into centuries of art in the Louvre, the most famous museum in the world. Get up close and personal with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and hear the story behind her 500-year-old enigmatic smile. Visit gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the site of the coronation of Napoleon. Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter, one of Paris’ most hip destinations full of music and young people. From the French Revolution until now, the Latin Quarter has been home to progressive thinkers, artists, and students.



prague, vienna, budapest adventure Experience three of Europe’s most important cultural capitals. Soak in the hip atmosphere and gothic architecture of Prague, follow in Mozart’s footsteps and experience the lavish lifestyle of the royal Habsburgs in Vienna, and discover the medieval sites and unique culture and cuisine of Budapest. Eastern Europe has become one of the top 10 hottest destinations for students during the past decade. You’ll be inspired by the cultural renaissance in these historic cities.

Itinerary Highlights • St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in Hungary • Budapest’s Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Aquincum, the remains of a Roman town • Vienna’s Hofburg, a 2,600-room palace • Lipizzaner Stallion show, a 400-year-old extravaganza • Old Town Square, Prague’s 11th century marketplace

11 days at $3,299 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include three nights in Budapest, three nights in Vienna, and three nights in Prague. Day 1: Relax and enjoy your flight to Budapest.

Day 2:

Day 3:

June 18, July 2, August 1


Explore Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering beautiful views and medieval sites and monuments. Take a walking tour through the old town, and stroll the cobbled streets and squares. Visit Matthias Church, where the last two Hungarian kings were crowned. Ascend the tower for a magnificent view over the city and spend the afternoon with new friends exploring the area around the Royal Palace.

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2013 Departure Dates:


Start your adventure in Budapest, a modern cultural city and the capital of Hungary. Spend time with new friends on a relaxing boat tour on the Danube River and see some of the highlights of the city.


Begin your day in Heroes’ Square, home to the Millennium Monument, built in 1896 to commemorate the 1,000-year anniversary of Hungary’s history. Find inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts, with an impressive collection including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Picasso. Admire St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in the country, which took over 50 years to build, and see Hungarian Catholicism’s most cherished and unusual holy relic, Stephen’s preserved right hand.

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Journey outside the city center to Aquincum, the remains of a Roman town. Imagine what life was like as you walk among the ruins of temples, shops, baths, and houses. Leave Hungary and journey to Vienna, Austria’s historic and scenic capital city. Take a walking tour through Old Vienna, and see highlights of the city including Figarohuas, where Mozart once lived.


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Be amazed by the Habsburg legacy at the Hofburg, the royal family’s 2,600-room palace. It’s like traveling back in time as you explore this city within a city, including the Imperial Apartments, the crown jewels, and the sleek Lipizzaner Stallions at the Spanish Riding School. Watch as their trainers put them through their paces in a show that hasn’t changed in four centuries. (Subject to availability and performance schedule.) Ascend the spire at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe, and take in the spectacular views of the city. After dinner, relax at Prater Park, the city’s classic amusement park, and enjoy the world-famous Riêsenrad Ferris wheel.

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Day 10: PRAGUE

Visit the Prague Castle complex, which encompasses dozens of houses, towers, churches, courtyards, and monuments. Stroll along the Golden Lane, a picturesque street of tiny 16th-century houses built into the castle fortifications, before visiting the Royal Palace, where Bohemian kings and princes resided for more than 700 years. Conclude your day at Sternberg Palace, housing the National Gallery’s collection of European art, including works by El Greco, Rembrandt, Monet, and Ribera.

Day 11: DEPARTURE FROM PRAGUE Enjoy your flight back to the United States.


Not only is Vienna full of beautiful architecture and history, but it’s also one of the most hip and foward-thinking cities in Europe. Start your day with visits to Karlskirche, a richly eclectic Baroque masterpiece, and the Palaces and Gardens of the Belvedere. Enjoy free time and shopping in Vienna for the remainder of the day. After dinner, check out the brand new Haus Der Musik, where you can compose your own melody or even hold the baton and conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Tour the 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace, the imperial summer palace during Maria Theresa’s 40-year reign and the scene of great ceremonial balls, lavish banquets, and fabulous receptions. Some lucky guests even saw performances by a 6-year-old Mozart. On the way to Prague, stop in Telc, a town at the midpoint of the old King’s route from Vienna to Prague. Telc is the best-preserved Renaissance town north of the Alps, and was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993. Enjoy lunch in the town center and time to shop or explore. Continue to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful and unique capital cities.

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Spend your day exploring Prague. Start in the Little Quarter, make your way across Charles Bridge to the winding alleys of Old Town, and end up in the Jewish Quarter. Along the way, meander through the city’s historical buildings, see the grand astronomical clock, climb Old Town Hall Tower for a panoramic view of the city, and stop for shopping at the charming craft and trinket stalls.


china adventure Welcome! Or, as they say in Chinese, “Huanyíng” to a country of the past and present. This is truly a world of wonder. As you walk along the Great Wall of China, take in the architectural feats of the modern Olympic venues, and taste your first bite of Peking duck, you will know that you’re embarking on the experience of a lifetime.

Itinerary Overview Itinerary Highlights • The Forbidden City, China’s most visited attraction • Calligraphy and Mandarin language lessons • Kung fu and Chinese acrobatic shows • Great Wall of China, one of the original Wonders of the World • Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an • Nanjing Road, bustling center of Shanghai

11 days at $2,699 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast

This New Worlds Emerge program will include three nights in Beijing, two nights in Xi’an, and three nights in Shanghai. Days 1 and 2 Enjoy your flight from the United States to China.

Day 3:

Beijing (Ancient and Modern)

Begin your exotic adventure in Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square — the size of 90 American football fields. Walk the halls where emperors roamed in the Forbidden City, the largest and most intricate imperial palace in China. Jump back into modern China with a visit to the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. The famous stadium and swimming complex that hosted the 2008 Olympic Games will remind you of China’s ultramodern, technological character. Afterward, enjoy a welcome dinner of authentic Peking duck.

and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

Day 4:

2013 Departure Dates:

Hike and explore the Great Wall of China, one of the original Wonders of the World and a place you must visit during your lifetime. Snaking across the landscape from east to west, the wall extends over 4,000 miles and boasts 2,500 years of history.

June 17, July 1, August 5

Day 5:

Beijing and the Great Wall

Beijing (The Cultural Excursion)

“Nín Hao!” Learn local Chinese phrases at your Mandarin language lesson. Visit with a local family for lunch during a rickshaw tour of a Hútòn, a unique community centered on a small street between two courtyards. Relax with friends at a kung fu show. This dynamic martial arts performance will give you a unique glimpse of a fascinating athletic tradition.

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Xi’an (Culture and Arts)

From Beijing, fly to Xi’an and allow yourself to be amazed by the 64-meter-high Big Wild Goose Pagoda. See Xi’an abuzz at night while you attend the spectacular Tang Dynasty Show, a performance of ancient singing, dancing, and acrobatics.


Day 7:

Xi’an (Archaeology and Arts)

Imagine yourself as a peasant digging a well, when you suddenly unearth the greatest archeological find of the 20 th century. A true story, the Terracotta Warriors were unearthed by accident! Take in the thousands of life-sized, ceramic soldiers that were once buried in a tomb commemorating the military achievement of Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, engage in the finer side of life and learn to practice the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy.

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Shanghai (Modern Culture)

Fly to Shanghai, China’s largest and most dynamic city. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Take a peaceful walk through Yuyuan Garden, then head to fast-paced Nanjing Road – one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. Find souvenirs, drink green tea, and window shop at some of China’s best boutiques.

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Take a boat ride to Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, a historic resort area and one of China’s most beautiful sights. Enjoy the greenery, the glassy water, and the ancient-style boats that propel you across this stunning lake.

Day 10: Shanghai (Architecture and City Life)

Stroll along the Bund, the historic waterfront regarded as a symbol of Shanghai for centuries. View Shanghai’s expanding skyline from the top of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower and reflect on the exotic journey you’ve taken through modern and ancient China.

Day 11: Bond with your new friends and enjoy your flight back to the United States.

*All itineraries in this catalog are sample itineraries only. Activities and excursions are subject to scheduling and availability. Final itineraries are released 30 days prior to departure.


china service learning adventure The generosity and rich heritage of the Chinese people will capture your heart from the moment you arrive. On this service learning adventure, you can teach disadvantaged children basic English, support an environmental campaign in the heart of China, and help disabled artists earn their own living. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of this extraordinary country, and gain a new perspective on this rich culture.

Itinerary Highlights • Great Wall of China, one of the original wonders of the world

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include seven nights in Beijing and approximately 30 hours of community service.

• Kung fu and Chinese acrobatic shows

Days 1 and 2

• Volunteer experiences at schools, rural villages, and

Enjoy your flight from the United States to China. Upon arrival in Beijing, have dinner in a local restaurant.

children’s foundations • Exchange lessons on language and learn traditional art forms from disabled artists • Beijing Shichahai Sports School, training grounds for future Chinese Olympians • The Forbidden City, China’s most visited attraction

9 days at $1,999 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: June 18, July 2, August 1



Begin your adventure in Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public square — the size of 90 American football fields. Walk the halls where emperors roamed in the Forbidden City, the largest and most intricate imperial palace in China. In the afternoon, volunteer at the Dandelion School, a middle school devoted to the education of children from some of Beijing’s migrant families. Activities might include teaching and singing songs in English, followed by students performing in a talent show at the end of the day. Afterward, enjoy a dinner of authentic Peking duck.


Visit with a local family during a rickshaw tour of a hutong, a unique community centered on a small street between two courtyards. Next, explore the Temple of Heaven, an enormous park and altar to Heaven directly to the south of the Forbidden City. Spend your afternoon volunteering at the Migrant Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in China. Share life experiences and teach basic English in an underresourced school in Beijing. By giving your time, you will give migrant children the opportunity to meet people and explore ideas they wouldn’t necessarily find in their day-to-day lives. End your day with a spectacular acrobat show.


Hike and explore the Great Wall of China, one of the original wonders of the world and a place you must visit during your lifetime. Snaking across the landscape from east to west, the wall extends over 4,000 miles and boasts 2,500 years of history. Volunteer at the Great Wall of China as part of an environmental or an anti-litter campaign. After dinner, explore Lotus Lane.

Day 9:


Enjoy your flight back to the United States, as you reflect on your service adventure.


Volunteer at a Mutianyu Village, a rural community nestled against the Great Wall of China, and founded by the original builders of the Wall. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace, the grandest imperial playground in China. Take a boat ride on the lake and stroll along Suzhou Street, which is filled with interesting shops.


Learn local Chinese phrases at a Mandarin language lesson. Visit the Beijing Shichahai Sports School, established in Beijing in 1958 as one of China’s main facilities for training young athletes. On a tour of the facility, watch future Olympians train and master their craft in sports such as gymnastics, table tennis, and taekwondo. Relax with friends at a dynamic kung fu show. Take traditional Beijing art classes at the Gift of Hope, a social enterprise that is operated by disabled people. The organization teaches skills that are based on Beijing folk art. You will attend a workshop and learn skills such as making lanterns, cloth art, or traditional paper cutting.


Volunteer at Huiling School, dedicated to providing round-the-clock care for mentally handicapped students ages 12 to 26, in a family style setting. The school is breaking new ground in China with its therapeutic approaches. See the Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple) and stroll along Wangfujing Dajie, the grandest shopping area in Beijing. Conclude your exciting experience in China with a gala dinner.


florida adventure Discover a side of the United States you’ve never seen when you experience Florida in all of its natural glory. Swim with dolphins, find out how an organic farm works, and have a close encounter with alligators. Unearth the secrets the mangroves hold as you kayak through their tunnels, or simply hang out on the beach with friends.

Itinerary Highlights • Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River • Tour through Shark Valley in the Everglades by train • Kayak through the mangrove tunnels of Key Largo • Snorkel above a coral reef in the Florida Keys

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include two nights in Tampa, one night in Sarasota, and two nights in Key Largo Day 1: Enjoy your flight to Tampa, Florida, and meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

• Swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys

6 days at $ 2,299 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: June 11, June 18, July 1

Day 2: Caladesi Island, Sweetwater Organic Community Farm

Cruise with research scientists from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science to the beautiful, undeveloped Caladesi Island and explore the beach. Feel the Florida sand between your toes as you gaze out onto a crystal blue sea teeming with wildlife. Venture to Sweetwater Organic Community Farm and explore its unique cultivation style. Create your own organic salad and take away important environmental knowledge to help you become a “greener” citizen of the world.

Day 3: Crystal River, Rainbow River, Depart for Sarasota

Feel the water beneath you as you glide through Crystal River to snorkel with manatees. These gentle and endangered creatures swim all around you, exercising their natural curiosity and friendliness. Often called the “cows of the ocean,” these large and magnificent creatures will change your perspective of oceangoing wildlife.


Keep your snorkeling gear on as you travel to Rainbow River. Swim through the sparkling, fresh water and search for prehistoric sharks’ teeth, released by eroding underwater limestone caverns. Depart for the sandy beaches and abundant sunshine of Sarasota.

Day 4:

Everglades, Depart for Key Largo

Trek through the Sarasota seagrass as you learn about its importance to Florida’s ecosystems. Survey the area and help with restoration efforts. Then travel to the Everglades, one of the most exotic areas of the United States. Take a tram tour through Shark Valley and see alligators, snakes, and countless birds in their natural habitat. Depart for the Florida Keys.

Day 5:

Garden Cove

Hit the ground running in Key Largo with a kayaking expedition through giant mangrove tunnels and coastal habitats. Feel the excitement as you paddle with expert guides in this unique and diverse environment. Then, take a boat ride miles offshore and embark on a snorkeling adventure to explore the brightly colored and breathtaking coral reefs. Vibrant and exotic, these reefs are home to countless fish and marine species. Prepare yourself to be surprised by their shades of green and blue, punctuated with pops of bright yellow, orange, and electric purple!

Day 6:

Depart from Key Largo

End your trip by joining dolphins for a swim! Playful and intelligent, these animals will delight and surprise you with their friendly nature. Feel their sleek skin as you swim alongside them and witness their natural grace. Depart for home after your amazing journey!


inauguration 2013 adventure Witness the pageantry, history, and tradition of the democratic process at work during Inaugural Week. Only once in four years can you see this celebration of democracy, witness an event that will shape our nation’s future, make new friends from across the country, and visit key sites in Washington, D.C. This unforgettable adventure brings history alive like no other.

Itinerary Highlights • Oath of office, the swearing-in of the president and

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include four nights and five days in Washington, D.C.

vice president of the United States • Inaugural Parade, the president’s symbolic journey down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House • The Smithsonian Museums • FDR, Lincoln, and Jefferson memorials • Guided tour of Capitol Hill • Question-and-answer session with an Embassy official

5 days at $1,749 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: January 18, 2013


Day 1:


Arrive in our nation’s capital ready to witness history in the making and see all the sites Washington, D.C., has to offer! Take a journey back in time with a trip to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. See the Hope Diamond, stand near dinosaur bones, or measure yourself against giant prehistoric whales.

Day 2:

Newseum, Presidential Memorials

Leave your morning paper at home and start your day by learning about the history of reporting at the Newseum. Visit the presidential memorials of three of our most influential leaders. Feel the cool mist of the waterfalls at the FDR Memorial, stare at the city from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and gaze at the tidal pool from the Jefferson Memorial.

Day 3:


Explore Capitol Hill with a tour of the grounds and buildings. See where generations of senators and representatives have passed laws in the Capitol building. See the Supreme Court, where our constitution is interpreted and laws have been debated for most of our history. Step inside the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library!

Day 4:

Inauguration Festivities

Inauguration Day! Be part of the excitement of the oath of office, the swearing-in of the president and vice president of the United States! Mingle with millions of people at one of the nation’s premier political events. Remember the sights and sounds of this incredible day forever. Listen to the president’s inaugural address and celebrate with fellow Americans during the following parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Day 5: Arlington National Cemetery, Departure

Visit Arlington National Cemetery, a national burial site for and tribute to our nation’s military personnel. See the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and reflect on the sacrifices made by many brave Americans. Depart for home, with memories of being in Washington, D.C., during this historic event.

*All itineraries in this catalog are sample itineraries only. Activities and excursions are subject to scheduling and availability. Final itineraries are released 30 days prior to departure.


new orleans service learning adventure Gain an appreciation of New Orleans’ powerful sense of identity, with its Creole cuisine, soulful jazz, and famous Mardi Gras celebrations. Spend each morning taking part in a rewarding building project, and use your afternoons to uncover everything the city has to offer, including eerie cemeteries, a beautiful garden district, Cajun music, and the historic French Quarter. Your time and hard work will make a noticeable impact on this dynamic city.

Itinerary Highlights • Daily participation in a building project • Garden District walking tour • Mardi Gras world tour and mask making demonstration • Cajun band entertainment and dance lesson • Historic haunted tour of the French Quarter • Creole and Cajun cooking lesson

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include six nights in New Orleans and approximately 30 service hours. Day 1: Visit historic Jackson Square and see the open-air artists’ colony that’s existed there for over half a century. Listen to jazz while taking a walking tour of the French Quarter and unravel the mysteries of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhood. Stop for traditional beignets and coffee at Café du Monde, and later enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2:

7 days at $2,699 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: Spring break dates: March 30, April 14



Begin your volunteer project building new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area. Visit the historic Presbytere, which formerly served as residence of the Capuchin monks and a courthouse, and today is part of the Louisiana State Museum. Afterward, kick up your heels with dinner entertainment by a Cajun band, and dancing lessons.

Day 3:


Continue your work while getting better acquainted with your new friends, as well as the hard-working families you’ll be helping. You and your group will work as a team to build houses from the ground up, and homes are at all stages of the construction process. Each morning, you will be assigned a task related to your building project. In the afternoon, take a Garden District walking tour. Later, have a relaxing dinner and enjoy an evening of shrieks and screams on a Historic Haunted Tour of the French Quarter. Time permitting, take a walking tour of Tulane University, one of the South’s most colorful and exciting universities set in the heart of New Orleans.

Day 4:


After a morning spent working on your building project, unwind with a tour of Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Walk among towering figures of fantasy, acquire an insider’s appreciation of the history and traditions of Carnival, and watch the world-renowned makers of Carnival sculpture and floats at work in their shops. Enjoy a maskmaking demonstration and create your own feathered and glittered mask.

Day 5:


Continue working in the morning. Spend the rest of your day visiting the National World War II Museum and taking an interactive cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Creole and Cajun experts teach specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines, and season them with history, trivia, and tall tales. You will then be able to enjoy what you have prepared!

Day 6:


Complete your rewarding service experience and bid farewell to your fellow volunteers. Famous for having above-ground tombs, winding footpaths, mausoleums, and crumbling memorials, the eerie, yet fascinating, cemeteries of New Orleans will come to life on your guided walking tour. Relax and reflect on your experience with a dinner and jazz cruise on an authentic New Orleans steamboat.

Day 7:


Enjoy your flight home from New Orleans.

*All itineraries in this catalog are sample itineraries only. Activities and excursions are subject to scheduling and availability. Final itineraries are released 30 days prior to departure.


costa rica - spanish language immersion Take an unforgettable adventure on Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific coast! Broaden your horizons as you speak Spanish with the locals, learn to surf, ride horses on the beach, take a natural mud bath, and zipline through the rainforest canopy. Be amazed at the dramatic improvement in your Spanish skills through daily language classes, a homestay with a host family, and immersion in the Spanish-speaking Costa Rican culture.

Itinerary Highlights • Surfing and sailing adventures on Costa Rica’s north coast • Pacific coast horseback riding tour • Homestay and daily Spanish lessons • Canyon canopy tour, including ziplining, rappelling, and rock climbing • Costa Rican cattle herding with Guanacaste cowboys • Simbiosis Spa at Rincón de La Vieja Volcano and National Park

10 days at $2,899 Program includes all homestay and hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include a six night homestay and three nights in Hacienda Guachipelin Day 1: Enjoy your flight from the United States to Costa Rica. Upon arrival, meet your host family. Staying with a host family is the perfect opportunity to truly learn and appreciate the life and culture of Costa Ricans and an ideal way to practice your Spanish language skills.


In the morning, hit the beach in time for a surfing lesson. Have a blast learning how to move and stand on a surfboard and then finally hit the waves. In the afternoon you begin your Spanish language classes.


Embark on a catamaran sailing adventure and enjoy a private sail off the north coast of Costa Rica, one of the world’s finest sailing areas. See giant sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, whales, and sea birds, and do a little snorkeling with colorful tropical fish. There will be plenty of time to explore the beautiful coastline and secluded islands, before returning to shore in the afternoon to continue your Spanish language classes.

Day 4:

2013 Departure Dates: June 8 , June 24


Lock into a zipline and get ready for a thrilling canopy tour, where you will soar from platform to platform through the rainforest treetops. Enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure like none other in the world! After your adventure, attend your daily Spanish language class.


In the morning, you are free to explore, swim, and relax on Flamingo Beach with a long and beautiful stretch of soft white sand. You may choose to put your newly acquired surfing skills into practice! After a relaxing morning, take part in your Spanish language class.


Day 6:

Horseback riding adventure

Take an unforgettable horseback riding tour on Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacific Coast. Your guided tour will include riding on the beach, and even in the water! Your Spanish language classes conclude in the afternoon.


Enjoy one last morning of free time at Flamingo Beach before traveling inland to the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, a truly eco-touristic lodge for adventure travelers and nature lovers. The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and features wonderful views of both the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the Pacific Ocean. Natural hot springs, jungle waterfalls, tropical forests, and volcanic mud pots are just some of the many natural attractions you will enjoy during your stay at the Hacienda.


Explore a unique side of Costa Rican culture as you participate in the art of Costa Rican cattle herding. Try your hand at rounding up cattle and horses with real “sabaneros,” Guanacaste cowboys. Afterwards, take a mountain biking tour through pastures, plantations, pristine jungles, and waterfalls. Conclude your day with a short walk to the Red Pond, a solid lava rock formation, and the Blanco River Pool, a natural pool of clear water surrounded by forest and rock formations characteristic of the area.


Bid farewell at a final breakfast with your host family and enjoy your flight back to the United States.

Day 8: river adventures, canopy tour, and geothermal spa Get ready for an amazing day of adventure on the grounds of Hacienda Guachipelin! Our action-packed day kicks off with a Rio Negro tubing adventure. Start with a horseback ride through the dry forest and then a short walk to the base of La Victoria Waterfall. After a safety briefing, get your own personal round raft and begin your tubing tour down the white water rapids in the Rio Negro.

Have the time of your life on the exhilarating canyon canopy tour, combining the traditional canopy tour ziplines with rappelling, rock climbing, Tarzan swings, and hanging bridges, all set in a majestic canyon formed by millions of years of erosion from the Blanco River. Finish your day by relaxing at the Simbiosis Spa in Rincón de La Vieja Volcano and National Park. Experience the mysterious forces and healing energy of the thermal volcanic mud water pools. Begin with a mud bath and then take a dip in the relaxing thermal water springs.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park Hacienda Guachipelin Flamingo Beach


spain - spanish language immersion Experience the breathtaking beauty of Spain while you connect with its warm and welcoming people! Breathe in the salty air of the Mediterranean Sea while you learn to sail, delve into history as you stand where kings and queens once stood, and feel your heart pounding in your chest as you learn to dance flamenco. You’ll perfect your language skills during daily classes and while interacting with your host family on this amazing adventure!

Itinerary Highlights • Live with a host family in Benalmadena, a modern coastal town with gorgeous views and sunny beaches

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include a six-night homestay in Benalmadena, and hotels for two nights in Seville, one night in Granada, and one night in Malaga.

• Improve your Spanish or learn for the first time in a beautiful and exciting setting • Take sailing lessons on the Mediterranean Sea • Enjoy a horseback riding adventure on the beach • Visit Reales Alcazares, a former palace and Moorish fortress

Day 1: Relax and enjoy your flight from North America to Madrid.

Day 2:


Get to know your host family while you settle into the beautiful surroundings of Spain’s Costa del Sol! The coastal city of Benalmadena is filled with life and character, and is the ideal place to practice and perfect your Spanish language skills.

• Explore Cordoba and Granada, historic and diverse cities that showcase Spain’s beautiful architecture and rich religious past


12 days at $3,499

In the morning, begin your Spanish language classes, many of which will focus on conversational skills. In the afternoon, learn the basics of sailing on the Mediterranean Sea before setting sail under the guidance of one of our expert instructors!

Program includes all homestay and hotel accommodations,

Day 4:

breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

In the morning, continue your Spanish language classes. Spend the afternoon enjoying an excursion to Mijas, located in the beautiful Andalusian Mountains. Mijas’ quaint whitewashed buildings and narrow winding streets exemplify a traditional Andalusian town. Choose one of several hiking paths to ascend the mountains for breathtaking views of the city. You may even have the opportunity for a tour by donkey up these winding, ancient streets.

2013 Departure Dates: June 18, July 2



Continue your Spanish language classes in the morning. In the afternoon, soak up some sun on Spain’s beautiful Costa del Sol. Lie near the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean, play beach volleyball, or stroll the promenade. Afterward, enjoy flamenco lessons as you learn the passion, tradition, and music of this classic Spanish dance!



In the morning, continue perfecting your speaking skills during Spanish language classes. In the afternoon, return to the beautiful beaches of Benalmadena. In the evening, enjoy a Spanish movie, followed by a debate and discussion in Spanish.


This morning, conclude your Spanish language classes before heading off for a horseback riding adventure! In the evening, enjoy a farewell paella party, and sample this traditional Spanish treat before bidding farewell to your host family.

Day 8:


Explore Ronda, the heart of modern bullfighting and a one-time capital of the Muslim kingdom. Imagine yourself as a bullfighter standing in the ring of Ronda’s world-famous Plaza de Toros. Picture leaders of the past relaxing in the ancient Arab Baths, which date back to the 11th century. Stroll the cobbled alleyways of this traditional Moorish pueblo blanco, or white village, and step back in time as you visit the city’s historic sites. Settle in for the night in Seville, one of the great cathedral and university cities of Europe. Explore this lively, bustling city, which is the heart of flamenco, and unearth its intriguing Moorish heritage.

Day 9:


Navigate through the narrow streets in Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz, a charming quarter of the city filled with whitewashed houses. Discover the Seville Cathedral as you ascend the magnificent bell tower and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Bask in the luxury of the Reales Alcázares, a former Moorish fortress that was later used by Christian kings as a palace. Its spacious courtyards and beautiful baths will transport you to another time and way of life. A highlight of your visit will be the Plaza de España in the heart of Seville. Cap off this extraordinary day with a flamenco show, where you will see up close the rhythmic art of flamenco dance and music.


See thousands of years of history converge in Cordoba, the northernmost city of the Moorish empire, known for its Islamic architecture and large Juderia, or Jewish quarter. Explore the MezquitaCatedral, which was originally built as a mosque and later transformed into a Christian cathedral. Marvel at the hundreds of carved arches, pillars, and mosaics that fill this 1,200-year-old building. Spend the evening in Granada, a beautiful historic city at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For dinner, enjoy a tapas crawl, sampling small dishes in the traditional Spanish style. Afterward, stroll through the old Moorish quarter, the birthplace of Granada which is now a maze of steep streets, quaint shops, and secluded plazas.


Explore the Alhambra, a former Moorish fortress that has inspired storytellers and songwriters for centuries. Moorish poets have described it as a “pearl set in emeralds” for its stark contrast of alabaster colored buildings against the deep green trees of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Your visit will also include the Generalife, the country estate of the Nasrid kings. See La Capilla Real de Granada. Housed in a cathedral built over a former mosque, this royal chapel contains the tombs of the former king and queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella. Then mix with the locals at the Alcaiceria, a former Moorish silk market that is now an oriental bazaar with craft and souvenir shops, before traveling to Malaga.


Enjoy your flight back to the United States, and reflect on your fantastic adventure!

Seville Benalmádena

Granada Malaga


florence, italy study abroad Immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence! Famously known as the Birthplace of the Renaissance, this Tuscan city overflows with history, art, and splendor at every turn. Explore ancient buildings and churches, see the works of Renaissance masters, and inspire your own future as you study in this legendary city. Connect with Italians whose artistic heritage and passion for living will stay with you long after your journey here has ended.

Itinerary Highlights • The Duomo, the classic Italian icon built 600 years ago that ascends over Florence • Daily morning classes focusing on culture, art, history, and more • Excursions to Lucca and Venice, cities steeped in history and culture • St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice’s most famous church and a prime example of Byzantine architecture • Italian cooking classes with professional chefs • Italy’s famous museums and artwork by Renaissance masters such as Leonardo and Michelangelo

21 days at $6,999 Program includes residence hall accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: July 1


Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include 21 days in Florence and the surrounding areas, residence hall accommodations, and humanities and basic Italian classes. FLORENCE

Arrive in Florence and settle into your hotel, located in the heart of Tuscany. Meet new friends and explore the city, as well as the basics of Italian customs and language during your orientation. Delve into Italian history, art, and culture during classes held most mornings on your program. In the evenings, experience a true Italian way of living through hands-on workshops such as cooking classes, or exploring some of Florence’s most amazing landmarks, like the Duomo and the Baptistery. In addition to exploring the city with your new friends, you’ll have free time to create your own adventure! Don’t forget to take part in the famous Italian custom of “dolce far niente,” the sweet art of doing nothing! Whether you sip espresso at a café, or explore the rolling Tuscan hills, soak up the incredible atmosphere of this world-renowned city.


On your first weekend in Italy, take an excursion to Lucca! This historical center is enclosed by a circle of Renaissance walls, now transformed into a raised city park. Explore the town by bike, first with a guide and then on your own with old friends and new. Breathe in the fresh air and the calming pace of life in one of the greenest Tuscan towns!


On your second weekend in Italy, visit the magical city of Venice, where lights sparkle on the waters of its legendary canals. The serenades of gondoliers will draw you in to this romantic city, built on over a hundred islands. Take in the views from the end of the Grand Canal where it stretches to the ocean and beyond. Far different from Florence, but equally enchanting, Venice will remain with you for the rest of your life.


As part of your experience, learn about the Italian Masters in Introduction to the Italian Renaissance. This unique course, combining history and art history, will open your eyes to a period of time and a group of thinkers who changed Western civilization. Each weekday you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our outstanding faculty, and often your classes will be taught right from the source as you get out into the city to see history and art come alive.


Get a truly hands-on experience of Italy during a cooking class with a professional chef! Prepare a typical Tuscan meal of several courses with your peers, and then enjoy your culinary creations as you eat them for dinner. Tour the city’s amazing cafes and learn more about why coffee is an important cultural and economic commodity. Learn more about Renaissance masters before trying your hand at creating beautiful artwork during a lesson on paper marbling. These unique, hands-on experiences let you savor Italy in a way you’ll never forget! This study abroad program is in conjunction with




seville, spain study abroad Experience the heart of medieval Spain in this exciting town! Settled in the beautiful Andalusia area of Spain, Seville offers an enchanting blend of small-town feel, metropolitan culture, and historically significant sites. Explore ancient palaces, experience the thrill of flamenco, and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world through this study abroad program. Interact with the locals as you explore Seville’s unique neighborhoods, and study the beautiful Moorish architecture prevalent throughout Spain.

Itinerary Highlights • Reales Alcázares, a former Moorish fortress that was later used by Christian kings as a palace • Daily morning classes focusing on culture, architecture, history, and more • Seville Cathedral, which offers breathtaking views of the city from its bell tower • Live flamenco show, which will give you a new perspective of this traditional Spanish dance • Excursion to Baelo Claudia, Granada, and Cordoba • Homestay with a local family for cultural and language immersion

21 days at $5,899 Program includes homestay and hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: July 1


Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program will include 21 days in Seville and the surrounding areas, homestay accommodations, hotel accommodations for overnight excursion to Granada, and classes in Spanish culture. SEVILLE

Arrive in Seville and get acquainted with your host family. Then start exploring this iconic Spanish city, a crossroads of Spain’s past and future that blends modern culture with Moorish roots. Get ready for the adventure of your life, as you’ll spend the next three weeks living like a native. Enjoy dinner with your new friends. Orientation, a bike tour of the area, and a survival Spanish lesson will prepare you to explore Seville with your new friends or on your own. On most weekday mornings, you’ll have classes on Spanish language, culture, history, and more. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy unique and hands-on cultural activities and fun excursions. You’ll explore some of Seville’s most significant landmarks, including the cathedral and Reales Alcázares, a former Moorish fortress that was converted into a palace.


On your first weekend in Spain, take an excursion to Baelo Claudia! This ancient Roman city was settled over 2,000 years ago. Once an important trade and fishing center on the Straits of Gibraltar, it was abandoned. Explore the ruins which now draw historians and visitors alike to observe the remnants of another way of life. After your visit, enjoy relaxing at Tarifa Beach while you reflect on your journey and spend time with your new friends.


On your second weekend in Spain, enjoy an overnight visit to Granada and Cordoba. Explore the Mezquita-Catedral, which was originally built as a mosque and later transformed into a Christian cathedral. Marvel at the hundreds of carved arches, pillars, and mosaics that fill this 1,200-year-old building. Visit the Alhambra, or red castle, which overlooks Granada and many historians believe even predates the Muslims’ presence there.


Study Introduction to the Culture of Spain to truly understand this beautiful country and its people. From modern stereotypes and demographics to history and the culture of food, this course will give you a new understanding of Spain’s role in the region and the world. Our exceptional faculty reveal new perspectives and encourage you to examine your own cultural values, as well as discover what you have in common with others around the world.


Get a truly hands-on experience in Spain during classes and cultural excursions. Enjoy a flamenco show, and experience this traditional Spanish dance like never before. This art form is a great cultural treasure, and an important component of your experience. Discuss culture at length with a Spanish native during a language exchange partner meeting, prepare a traditional Spanish meal before enjoying it with your new friends, and participate in a photography contest. These unique experiences provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore this beautiful country in a way that will stay with you long after your trip is over! This study abroad program is in conjunction with

Cordoba Seville



iceland expedition It’s like no other place on earth: The lush landscape of Iceland, from steaming waters to snow-capped mountains, will captivate you with its natural wonders! Relax in waters heated by the earth’s core, feel your heart race with thundering waterfalls, and stand where the Earth literally comes together at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. You’ll be amazed by the breathtaking sights of Iceland’s natural geological beauty!

Itinerary Highlights • Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa whose waters are said to have healing powers • Gullfoss, a massive waterfall that, from certain angles, appears to disappear into the Earth • Thorsmork Mountains, named for the Norse god Thor, provide some of the most beautiful views of the country • Lake Myvatn, which was formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago and boasts an incredible array of water birds • The Great Geysir, whose eruptions can shoot steaming water as high as 230 feet

11 days at $5,799 Program includes all hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: July 1


Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program includes nine nights in Iceland. Day 1: Enjoy your flight from the United States to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Day 2:


Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and its biggest city. Reykjavik is steeped in history and many believe it to be the site where Norsemen first settled the country over a thousand years ago. Start your adventure by relaxing in the steaming waters of Iceland’s legendary Blue Lagoon. The waters of this geothermal spa attract people from around the world, as they are said to have healing powers!

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You might feel the earth quake as you stand in Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. See an enormous gorge caused by the continental shift while you explore this natural phenomenon. The area has been preserved for its geological importance, as well as the fact that it was home to Iceland’s parliament. Continue your adventure at Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, an astounding waterfall, that from certain angles, seems to disappear into the middle of the Earth. Be amazed at The Great Geysir, the inspiration for our English word “geyser,” which shoots water as high as 230 feet into the air, roughly twice as high as Old Faithful!

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Explore Hverageroi, a small town in Iceland’s Hengill central volcano area. Known for greenhouses heated by natural hot springs, this beautiful and charming town will draw you in. Afterward, feel your heart race alongside an expansive network of waterfalls at Selfoss. Conclude the day’s adventure at Landmannalaugar, in the heart of Iceland’s highlands. Hike along colorful mountains formed by volcanic rock and witness the expansive lava fields of this natural wonder.


Get ready for the most amazing views of your journey from atop the Thorsmork Mountains. Named for the Norse god Thor, this mountain range will challenge and reward you. Situated between two glaciers, it offers gorgeous views of rivers winding their way through the valley.

Day 6:



Return to Reykjavik, and spend the afternoon shopping for mementos from your trip. Bid farewell to your new friends as you reflect on your amazing journey and the natural wonder of Iceland.


Enjoy your flight from Iceland to North America and reflect on this oncein-a-lifetime journey to a corner of the Earth you never knew existed.

This morning, visit the village of Skogar, population: 25. This charming pastoral village is best known for Skogafoss, a beautiful 60-foot waterfall. Continue your journey by heading to Dyrholaey, a small peninsula with a wall of black lava reaching into the ocean. In the afternoon, head to Skaftafell National Park, whose landscape has had many influences throughout the years, including volcanic eruptions which gave the region its nickname: “wasteland.” Here, you can see a glacier that looks as if it were about to spill over the mountains and observe a variety of wildlife, including birds and arctic foxes.

Day 7:


Marvel at the size of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers nearly 10 percent of Iceland. You’ll walk across black volcanic sand on nearby beaches, and be amazed by the stark difference between the black sand and white glaciers!

Day 8:


Study the rich variety of inhabitants at Lake Myvatn, known for its vast species of water birds. The lake, which was created by a lava eruption 2,300 years ago, showcases myriad volcanic landforms, including lava islands, pillars, and pseudo craters. Afterward, experience the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. End the day’s adventure at Asbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon and explore an area unlike anything in the United States!

Day 9:

Dettifoss Akureyri



Spend the day shopping and exploring the second largest urban area in Iceland: Akureyri. Historically a port and fishing center, this lovely town also offers a host of museums, churches, and botanical gardens. Enjoy sipping coffee with your friends, interacting with locals, or exploring Icelandic folk culture.


Thingvellir Selfoss Skogar


arctic expedition Set sail on a voyage that takes you into the icy waters of the arctic and on an expedition across a frozen tundra. Explore Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Explore the ends of the Earth, from hiking over rugged mountains to scuba diving and kayaking in the arctic waters, where you might even catch a glimpse of a polar bear!

Itinerary Highlights • Set sail on an expedition cruise around Spitsbergen • Observe scientists in action at Ny-Alesund, a polar research center that was once a mining town • Explore Amsterdamoya, a 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement • Study arctic wildlife like foxes, eider ducks, and even polar bears in their natural habitat • Hike across glaciers and tundra in this arctic desert • Visit Moffen Island, a walrus sanctuary

12 days at $8,799 Program includes all accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, excursions, and entrance fees

2013 Departure Dates: July 14

Itinerary Overview This New Worlds Emerge program includes ten nights in Norway. Day 1: Relax and enjoy your flight from North America to Norway.

Day 2:


Explore Oslo, Norway, a critical shipping hub for Europe and a historic city that dates back to 1000 CE. This luxurious, metropolitan area is among the best — and most expensive — places to live in Europe. It’s a financial and political center for Norway, and boasts a growing arts and culture district. The city is believed to have been founded around 1050, though recent archaeological evidence suggests Christians may have lived there before then. After spending the night in the city, fly to Longyearbyen, board your ship and set sail for Spitsbergen.

Day 3:


Explore Magdalenefjorden, an island in the Svalbard archipelago with breathtaking glaciers and spectacular aqua-blue ice cliffs. Then be prepared to yield to the whims of nature, as your voyage will be determined by ice, weather, and wildlife. Spend time connecting with nature, and your new friends, as you watch for seals, Atlantic puffins, and thick-billed murres along Spitsbergen’s warmer west coast.

Day 4:


Travel up the inlet of Kongsfjorden and stare across the vast expanse of water and land as you make your way to Ny-Alesund. This onetime mining town is now a polar research center, where about 30 scientists live year-round. Observe their work and see the Arctic Marine Laboratory, the northernmost marine lab in the world. Then make your way to Amsterdamoya, where you’ll hike the tundra and explore this 350-year-old Dutch whaling settlement.

Day 5:


Sail north along the coast and then south into Woodfjorden, where you’ll explore the inlet and its wild inhabitants. Beluga wales, arctic


foxes, reindeer, and seals live in this region of Spitsbergen, so keep watch! Continue your expedition in Leifdefjorden, where eider ducks, terns, skuas, glaucus gulls, and black-legged kittiwakes attract polar bears with cubs!

Day 6:


Continue north to Moffen Island, a walrus sanctuary and a beautiful example of the vast plantlife in the Norwegian archipelago. Admire many of the tundra’s 164 species of flowering plants, including purple saxifrage, exquisite yellow spider plants, and Svalbard poppies.

Day 7:


If weather conditions permit, cross latitude 80 degrees north, and continue your journey along the icy northern shore.

Day 8:


Welcome to the wild side! Frigid arctic currents sweep around Spitsbergen’s northeast corner, lowering air and sea temperatures, and creating a landscape eroded by severe frost. Even in summer, pack ice could bar the journey. Pass through narrow Hinlopen Strait, between Spitsbergen and austere, ice-capped Nordaustlandet. Our Russian crew and expedition staff use their considerable expertise to reach the region’s highlights.

Day 9:



Experience true expedition cruising, where plans are dictated by ice conditions and your desire to explore. If pack ice allows, round the South Cape, returning to the world of open water and rugged coastal mountains. If ice conditions make the journey too treacherous, return to Spitsbergen’s north and west coasts to continue your study of Norwegian wildlife.


If ice permits passage around the South Cape, you’ll sail north toward Hornsund and Bellsund, deep fjords with remarkable glaciers and wildlife. If your journey continues on the north and west shores, backtrack and delve deeper into Spitsbergen’s natural wonders, including a visit to colonies where hundreds of thousands of little auks nest, darkening the sky as they commute to their fishing grounds.


A midnight cruise of Isfjorden returns you to Longyearbyen, the end of your spectacular voyage. Enjoy your flight back to the United States, as you reflect on this remarkable expedition!


Take a Zodiac cruise beneath Alkefjellt, sheer basalt cliffs rising more than 850 feet, literally buzzing with some 200,000 nests of Brunnich’s guillemots, possibly with arctic fox scavenging below. On Torrellneset, you might approach dozens of sleeping walruses. A true polar desert, the east coast offers walks among stunted glaciers, exposed fossil fields, and tundra, where you could see arctic fox, eider ducks and the elusive Svalbard ptarmigan. Sailing between Barentsia and Edgesya, you’ll cross polar bear migration routes and may visit Sundeneset, a fertile plain covered in green mosses and delicate flowers, including yellow marsh saxifrage.


career exploration in new york c Experience the life of a college student when you stay in a student residence in the heart of New York City. Choose one of three exciting educational tracks, visit area college campuses, and enjoy all of the sightseeing that New York has to offer. Students can take part in the Fashion Marketing, Theatre, or Sports Marketing track, and will break up during the day for subject-specific seminars and excursions, and then join back together for fun activities and sightseeing. This is an unbelievable opportunity to interact with industry professionals in one of America’s most important cities.

13 days Sports Marketing $4,199 Fashion Marketing $3,999 Theatre $4,399 Program includes: • • •

Residence hall accommodations Some meals Excursions and entrance fees

Safety and security features: • • • •

New Worlds Emerge staff on-site at student residences Student sign-in and sign-out procedures 24-hour Tour Central support office in New York City Doctors on Call program

2013 Departure Dates: June 24

For more information on our 4th of July Parent Package – July 3-6, visit


city 2013 Fashion Marketing Day 1: • • • •

Arrive in New York Hotel check-in and registration Group orientation Evening sightseeing, to be determined based on arrival time

Day 2: • Design Lab @ FIT • Seminar with a fashion designer: Learn first-hand the ins and outs of the design process, including inspiration, concepts, and production • Seminar with a denim manufacturer: Discuss topics including color trends, fabric washing, and product development • Attend a Broadway show

Day 3: • Seminar with fashion buyer: Topics include seasonal inspiration, merchandising, and product placement in the marketplace • Tour Macy’s Herald Square: Get a behind the scenes look at how one of the world’s largest department stores operates • Attend a Broadway show

Day 4: • Seminar with a costume designer: Learn about sizing, character inspiration, and development • Visit Mood Fabrics, as seen on “Project Runway” • Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Day 5: • Seminar with a hat designer: Learn about entrepreneurship, design, and marketing from the owner of one of the most sought-after hat designers • Seminar with a fabric and textile agency: Get a better understanding of the use of raw materials, development, and production process • Attend a TV taping

Day 8: • Fifth Avenue shopping tour • International Center of Photography: Discover the possibilities of photography through vibrant exhibits which include both historical and contemporary works • Visit the Empire State Building

Day 9: • Seminar with a fashion photographer: Learn how photographers get all of the great shots you see in magazines! Topics include set design, styling, lighting, and makeup techniques • Seminar with a magazine editor: Get insight from an industry professional as it pertains to placement, inspiration boards, and mock ups • Attend a Broadway show

Day 10: • Tour Parsons School of Design • Visit the Museum of Art & Design • Enjoy dinner with your new friends

Day 11: • Celebrate the 4th of July by watching fireworks over the water on a Circle Line boat tour of Manhattan • Enjoy New York City’s many Independence Day activities

Day 12: • Shop and sightsee in the heart of New York City: Explore the Statue of Liberty, the Top of the Rock, Central Park, and more • Attend a Broadway show

Day 13: • Say goodbye to your new friends and depart for home

Day 6: • Day trip to the Hamptons • Spend the day at the beach and shopping in local stores • Return to Manhattan via train

Day 7: • Bus to Woodbury Commons for the day to shop in some of the best outlets in the metropolitan area • Group dinner at John’s Pizza


career exploration in new york 2013 Sports Marketing Day 1:

Day 6:

• • • •

• Day trip to the Hamptons • Spend the day at the beach and shopping in local stores • Return to Manhattan via train

Arrive in New York Hotel check in and registration Group orientation Evening sightseeing, to be determined based on arrival time

Day 2: • Seminar at a sports publication agency: Learn about article placement and selection, editorial pitches, circulation, and sales • Tour of Yankee Stadium: Take a behind-the-bleachers tour of the home of the New York Yankees! • Attend a New York Liberty Game

Day 3: • Seminar with a professional sports association: Depending on your specific area of interest, learn about one of many exciting career opportunities, including marketing, consumer products, entertainment, and special events • Tour of Madison Square Garden • Seminar with an executive at a professional sports team • Attend a Broadway show

Day 4: • Seminar with a sports marketing firm: Learn about the world of sports account management and various approaches to marketing • Attend a New York Yankees game

Day 5: • Seminar with a hat designer: Learn about entrepreneurship, design, and marketing from the owner of one of the most sought-after hat designers • Attend a TV show taping • Visit the Statue of Liberty

Day 7: • Bus to Woodbury Commons for the day to shop in some of the best outlets in the metropolitan area • Group dinner at John’s Pizza

Day 8: • Seminar at prominent shoe retailer: Gain knowledge of the art of in-store merchandising, advertising, marketing, and promotions • Fifth Avenue shopping tour • Visit the Empire State Building

Day 9: • Tour of Citi Field – Home of the New York Mets • Seminar with a professional sports franchise: Depending on your specific area of interest, you will learn about one of many exciting career opportunities, including marketing, consumer products, entertainment, and special events • Attend an off-Broadway show

Day 10: • Tour of Metlife Stadium • Seminar with a professional sports franchise: Depending on your specific area of interest, you will learn about one of many exciting career opportunities, including marketing, consumer products, entertainment, and special events • Seminar at a prominent sports entertainment firm: Go behind the scenes of some of the biggest events in sports history to see how all of the components come together in the end

Day 11: • Celebrate the 4th of July by watching fireworks over the water on a Circle Line boat tour of Manhattan • Enjoy New York City’s many Independence Day activities

Day 12: • Tour the 9/11 Memorial • Sightsee in the heart of New York City: Explore the Statue of Liberty, the Top of the Rock, Central Park, and more

Day 13: • Say goodbye to your new friends and depart for home


city 2013 Theatre Day 1:

Day 7:

• • • •

• Bus to Woodbury Commons for the day to shop in some of the best outlets in the metropolitan area • Group dinner at John’s Pizza

Arrive in New York Hotel check in and registration Group orientation Walking tour of the theatre district, to be determined based on arrival time

Day 2: • Seminar on life lessons and introduction to your theatrical week: Plan how to use what you are learning to enhance your upcoming school year and your future in the theatre world • Improvisation workshop: Explore improvisation exercises and games and how improv affects your acting technique, audition technique, and even your daily interaction with the world • Monologue, scene selection, and song selection workshop: Come prepared with one choice in each category. You will work with a theatre professional to select your final piece for your performance at the end of the second week based on your type and skill set • Attend a Broadway show

Day 3: • Audition workshop: Work with a director on the elements of auditioning and prepared and cold readings for theatre auditions • Explore Colony Music and Drama Books • Visit the Top of the Rock

Day 4: • Dialects workshop: This workshop will focus on dialects frequently used in plays, films and television shows. Learn new dialects from the U.S., U.K. and Europe • Seminar on acting for film and TV: Focus on the techniques of working in film and TV. Learn key differences between stage and film • Attend a Broadway show • After theatre talk: Chat with Broadway performers after the show

Day 8: • Circle Line tour of Manhattan • Visit to an NYC theatre school: Visit an acting school to discuss various courses of study open to you in your future educational choices • Seminar with a Broadway actor: Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions of a professional working in the industry, including his or her background and education

Day 9: • “Unions: What Are They All About?” This seminar will give you the ins and outs of Equity and Sag-Aftra, as well as discuss who to join, when to join, and more • Visit to the 9/11 Memorial • Attend an off-Broadway show • After theatre talk: Chat with Broadway performers after the show

Day 10: • Tech and order rehearsal of monologue, scene, and song showcase • Evening boat ride on the Staten Island Ferry • Tour Chinatown

Day 11: • Celebrate the 4th of July by watching fireworks over the water on a Circle Line boat tour of Manhattan • Enjoy New York City’s many Independence Day activities

Day 5:

Day 12:

• Panel discussion: Working in New York • “Stars of Tomorrow” Workshop: Pictures, Resumes, Marketing and Dressing for an Audition: This workshop will be your in-depth intro to the business of theatre, film, and television, and how to land that elusive acting job • Attend an off-Broadway show

• Final dress rehearsal of your performance piece • Performance of “Stars of Tomorrow”

Day 13: • Say goodbye to your new friends and depart for home

Day 6: • Day trip to the Hamptons • Spend the day at the beach and shopping in local stores • Return to Manhattan via train


The WorldStrides difference New Worlds Emerge programs offer short-term travel experiences to domestic and international destinations for highly-motivated high school students. Come with your friends, or form new, lifelong bonds with your fellow travelers while you experience a new culture, volunteer your time, explore the world, or get hands-on experience for your future career. Now you can earn college credit on all of our international itineraries and many domestic programs. Build your resume, distinguish yourself from your peers, and do it all while having the time of your life!

Who We Are New Worlds Emerge programs, as part of the WorldStrides family, belong to the largest and most trusted educational travel organization in the nation. WorldStrides was founded nearly 50 years ago by an educator committed to enriching students’ lives through experiential travel, and has since grown to an international organization providing unique experiences to more than five million participants. By taking you beyond classroom walls, we hope to give you a new perspective of the world. WorldStrides has 500 travel and education professionals dedicated to providing the safest, most life-changing experiences possible.

Safe and Secure When you enroll in a WorldStrides program, you can rest assured that you are traveling with the nation’s safest student travel organization. We have an unparalleled safety record on both domestic and international programs, and safety remains our top priority in every program we provide. With local offices in all major destinations, name tags for each student with 24-hour emergency phone numbers, and George Washington University Medical Center doctors on call 24 hours a day for international telephone advice and guidance, WorldStrides is prepared for any situation.

Passionate and Professional WorldStrides is committed to providing life-changing experiences to students. Our job is to ensure that your experience is exceptional. From the moment you enroll until after your trip, we will be there to support you, guide you, and lead you into adventure on your unique educational program. On your trip, you will have caring and dynamic Program Leaders who will guide you and your group, act as ambassadors to other cultures and places, and accompany you on your adventure. WorldStrides Program Leaders are young professionals who are well educated, responsible, well vetted, highly trained, and ready to take you on the ride of your life.

Beyond Classroom Walls Challenge yourself and your thinking by immersing yourself in adventure. WorldStrides is committed to providing educational and enriching travel programs. On your New Worlds Emerge adventure, you will learn in an exciting setting, make personal connections to another culture, and build shared experiences with new friends. This life-changing educational opportunity will help you explore global issue and give you new perspectives that can only be gained by stepping outside of the classroom. From studying issues in globalization, the environment, or leadership, to cultural immersion through new foods, languages, or places, you will grow and change as a person as a result of your unique travel experience.


our team James M. Hall, Chief Executive Officer and President Jim Hall first experienced WorldStrides programs as a teenager working with students traveling to Williamsburg, VA. After obtaining a BA from Northwestern University, he joined WorldStrides in 1982 and has since committed his entire career to experiential education. His background in the industry is unparalleled. In addition to his early hands-on experience, he has served in numerous other capacities throughout the organization. Jim earned his MS in Accounting from the University of Virginia before becoming CEO in 1994. Jim’s dedication to providing exceptional educational experiences for students is what keeps him in the industry and his leadership is what keeps WorldStrides successful!

Neal Waldman, VP of Individual Academic Travel Neal Waldman is Vice President of Individual Academic Travel at WorldStrides. Spending his entire adult life dedicated to the success and development of children and teenagers, Neal brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to WorldStrides and the field of academic travel. Neal has served as a pioneer for the past 30 years in the area of pre-college enrichment programs. He is founder of the Student and Youth Travel Association, and served as its fourth president. He also served as the chair of the Student Youth Foundation, bringing its Silver Lining Program — which funds grants for educational student travel — to life. He is also a former educator. Neal holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ann Lefeve, Director of New Worlds Emerge Programs Ann Lefeve has been working with and for students since 2003. She has served as a mentor, director of service learning opportunities on behalf of a national non-profit, served high school students as part of a unique leadership program, and studied education and pedagogy at James Madison University. In her current position, she maintains a strong commitment to providing enriching and educational opportunities for young people, and creating cross-cultural connections among students in an ever-evolving world. Ann has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the College of William and Mary.

Wendy Amato, Director of Education Wendy Amato joined WorldStrides in 2012 and is committed to supporting the company’s mission of enriching students’ lives through experiential travel by offering her careful attention to curriculum and instruction and her understanding of youth development. Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia, and prior to her doctoral work, she served as an administrator and teacher in a K-12 school. Wendy has led multiple student trips to Spain and France and enjoyed seeing her students grow and learn from their travel experiences. Her academic experience is paired with over 10 years of work as a youth group and mission trip leader.

Mike Bruscia, Manager of Curriculum Development Mike Bruscia has over 10 years of experience in education, focusing primarily on science education through adventure programs and ecotourism. He has served as an Expedition Leader and Naturalist in Baja, the Everglades, Alaska, the Caribbean, Northern Europe, and the Arctic Circle. Prior to coming to New Worlds Emerge, he served as a founding member of the Green Adventure project, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability. Mike holds a BS degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida at Gainsville.


why student travel The Cultural Learning Experience We travel to open our eyes. On a New Worlds Emerge program, you will see, taste, hear, and experience things you may never have the opportunity to experience again. We invite you to gain new perspectives as you travel with us on the trip of a lifetime. • Prepare for a fun, adventurous, and above all else, life-changing experience. • Immerse yourself in a new language and culture. • Make new friends from across the country. Your shared adventures bond you for a lifetime! • Build tolerance and respect for other cultures. • Develop an understanding for the needs of different cultures and places. • Start preparing for college and the life challenges ahead through this dynamic experience. • Gain self-confidence as you test the limits of your comfort zone.

Flights and Transportation On most programs, airfare is not included in your program fee. You may elect to book air on your own, or through New Worlds Emerge. For optimal student care, we recommend booking air through New Worlds Emerge. Booking with New Worlds Emerge: From some cities, depending on your location, it may be possible for your child to travel with a chaperone. In other areas, students may fly alone or, if you choose, may fly as an “unaccompanied minor” at an additional fee. Flying as an “unaccompanied minor” generally means that airline personnel will accompany students to and from the gate, and between connecting flights. “Unaccompanied minor” services vary by airline, however, and are an airline service, not a New Worlds Emerge service. All students booked through New Worlds Emerge will be tracked through our 24-hour Tour Central office. Booking on Your Own: If you prefer to book air on your own, please DO NOT book your airfare until after you have spoken with New Worlds Emerge staff. When booking air on your own, you will be required to book your child’s air within specific windows and to specific airports within your destination city. Please do not book air until we have confirmed those specifications with you.

“Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.”

~RenÉ Descartes 42

college credit New Worlds Emerge programs seek to give students every academic advantage possible. On most programs, we offer optional college credit through one of our prestigious partner universities. Our curriculum adheres to the highest academic standards and will give you an edge when applying to college. Whether you use an experience from your trip as the subject of a college admissions essay or list college credit on your transcript or rĂŠsumĂŠ, your New Worlds Emerge program will help you during the college process. Taking advantage of our college credit program is easy. Credit will transfer to most colleges and universities. One credit is included on elegibile programs, and you have the option to earn up to two more credits. At a reduced cost, this is an inexpensive and simple way to begin your college career and make your future college experience that much easier. It is at the discretion of the university you attend whether any college credits taken outside of their university will be accepted.

How Do I Enroll For Credit? Nearly all New Worlds Emerge programs offer three or more college credits. If you are interested in earning college credit on your program, be sure to select that option during your online registration process or by indicating your choice on page 45. Please note that if you are enrolling for Spring Break New Orleans or Career Exploration in New York City, you will not be able to enroll for college credit. Additionally, most programs also offer high school elective credit as an alternative. If you are interested in high school credit, please indicate your preference during enrollment.

Accreditation WorldStrides is independently accredited by accrediting bodies in regions throughout the country, which verifies the high academic quality of our programs. Traveling with an accredited organization means that your program is centered on a structured curriculum that meets state standards. New Worlds Emerge Program Leaders, who undergo continuous training in methods for delivering content to students, bring this curriculum to life through interactive activities and fun lessons. Our designation as an accredited travel study program and our relationship with highly ranked colleges and universities allows New Worlds Emerge programs to offer students the opportunity for college credit.


financial assistance FLAG Scholarships New Worlds Emerge believes that every student, regardless of background, should have access to the benefits of educational travel. To support this vision, $1 million in FLAG Scholarship funding is available for families with an annual adjusted gross income (AGI) up to $85,000. Last year, thousands of families benefited from the FLAG Scholarship program. Families are invited to complete a confidential, simple application to receive travel assistance funds.* Contact a Customer Service Representative for a confidential application. *Applications must be completed within 45 days of registration.

SYTA Youth Foundation The Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) offers need- and merit-based scholarships for student travel. Visit for more information on how to apply.

Applying to New Worlds Emerge How do I Apply? To apply for a New Worlds Emerge program, please visit Simply click “Enroll Now� to start your application. You will need to: 1.

Fill out the basic application online


Pay your deposit of $399 (refundable if you are not accepted into the program, less a $65 application fee)


Once you have completed your basic enrollment, use your Student ID Number to log into Manage My Account to access any supplemental application materials necessary for your program.

Need to apply on paper? Please fill out the basic information on the next page and mail it, along with a check or complete credit card information for your deposit of $399, to our offices at 218 West Water Street, Suite 400, Charlottesville, VA 22902. If not accepted, your deposit, less a $65 application fee, will be returned. New Worlds Emerge staff will be in touch shortly to complete your enrollment process upon receipt of your program choice and deposit. Please make all checks payable to New Worlds Emerge.


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Student Name:__________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________ City: ___________________________________________________ State:____________Zip:___________________________________ Home Phone:___________________________________________ Student Mobile:_________________________________________ Student Email:___________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name:__________________________________ Parent/Home Phone:_____________________________________ Parent Email:____________________________________________ Program of Choice:______________________________________ Preferred Target dates (if applicable) First Choice:______________Second Choice:________________

Responsibility Clause: The New Worlds Emerge program (NWE) is operated by Lakeland Tours, LLC d/b/a WorldStrides. WorldStrides, its employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively, “WorldStrides”) does not own, operate or control any person or entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your program including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, entertainment or sightseeing operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, WorldStrides is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity, or of any third party. Without limitation, WorldStrides is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage to person or property, death, delay, or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether occasioned by or resulting from, but not limited to, acts of force majeure, war, civil unrest, insurrection, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, lost or stolen belongings, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely, dangers associated with animals, sanitation problems, food poisoning, epidemics or the threat thereof, lack of or quality of medical care, illness or disease, difficulty in evacuation in case of a medical or other emergency, actual, perceived or threatened epidemics, demands of outdoor or indoor activities, or for any other cause beyond the direct control of WorldStrides. Changes or substitutions in hotels, campus housing, itinerary, activities, inclusions, or airports may be made depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control at the discretion of WorldStrides as it deems necessary or desirable. On certain dates some attractions or activities may be closed. Should WorldStrides be required to or elect to change or even eliminate individual program components, either prior to or during the program, refunds will be given solely at WorldStrides’ discretion. WorldStrides at its sole discretion may cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment, unforeseen operational difficulties, lack of projected availability, or any other reasons at any time. If a program is cancelled by WorldStrides, the sole obligation of WorldStrides is to refund all funds collected from any registrant minus any merchandise fees and reasonable non-recoverable expenses incurred by WorldStrides on behalf of the participant. WorldStrides reserves the right to take photographic, audio, video, or film records of any of its programs and participant agrees that WorldStrides may use any such photographic, audio, video, or film records for promotional and/or commercial purposes, as well as approve of such use by third parties whom WorldStrides may engage without any remuneration to participant. Participant assigns to WorldStrides all rights, titles, and interest in or to any and all media related to a WorldStrides trip without any remuneration to participant, including photographs, audio and video provided directly to WorldStrides or through the websites in which his or her name or likeness might be used. WorldStrides reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any participant in the NWE program. In the event a participant is expelled from the program, no refund of any kind will be made. These terms and conditions can be changed only by a writing signed by an officer of WorldStrides. Participants will be staying in select hotel, campus, or similar accommodations at the discretion of WorldStrides. Participants are responsible for handling their own luggage at all times.

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Credit Card Number:_____________________________________ Expiration Date:_________________________________________ Billing Address (if different from above)_____________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Please indicate your preference for Academic Credit: ___ Yes! I’d like to take advantage of the 1 college credit included in my program fee (includes pre- and post-trip coursework, not available for New Orleans or New York City). ___ I would like to earn a total of three college credits at an additional cost. ___ I would like to earn high school elective credit, not college credit, at no additional cost. ___ I am not interested in academic credit.

Participants understand that they are solely responsible for their pre-program, program, and post-program medical care in all respects, including, but not limited to, obtaining and taking necessary medication(s), vaccinations and any other medical care and treatment. Schools, colleges, and universities hold varying policies regarding a student’s eligibility to earn, transfer, or redeem course credit from other accredited institutions. Students should consult their school guidance counselors and/or school policy handbooks to determine their eligibility. Arbitration: Any dispute concerning this contract, the Terms & Conditions and/or rules and regulations concerning the program, the literature concerning the program and/or the program itself, shall be resolved solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Charlottesville, Virginia pursuant to the then existent commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. In any such arbitration, the substantive (but not procedural) law of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall apply. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. In any such arbitration, the arbitrator may, but is not required, to award attorney’s fees to the prevailing party. Tuition and Payment Information Tuition Adjustments: Tuition is subject to adjustment if the minimum enrollment is not met, if the program content changes or in the event of circumstances beyond Worldstrides’ direct control. These include, but are not limited to, increases in travel security charges, government imposed fees and taxes(e.g., European V.A.T. increases), increases in airport fees and taxes, airline fees and taxes, fuel and energy costs and charges, exchange rate fluctuations, and airline, vendor, or group-imposed schedule changes or delays. Program Fees Not Included: WorldStrides’ program prices do not include some college credit fees, passport fees, visa fees, optional insurance fees, lunches, beverages with meals, excess baggage charges, expenses incurred during free time periods, porterage at airports and hotels, transportation from your home to the origination point of the WorldStrides program and back, , overnight lodging and meals in the United States prior to departure or upon return of an international flight or prior to the start and end dates and times of the program, any mandatory new or increased taxes or inspection fees levied on airline tickets, hotels, transportation, land services, or at ports of entry/exit after January 1, 2013. College credit fees are not included in many programs. Check full description of program for details. Transportation to and from Program: WorldStrides offers airline booking services to and from destination at an additional cost. For optimal student care, WorldStrides recommends all travel arrangements be made through its representatives. Your program begins and ends in the cities specified in your registration materials. The arrangements for and cost of transportation to and from said cities is solely your responsibility. You will be provided arrival time and departure time windows at designated airports. You agree to provide WorldStrides in writing, no later than 21 days prior to departure, your flight information, arrival and departure times that fall within the timeframes provided by WorldStrides. Further, you acknowledge that any arrangements for arrival or departure outside of those times will be at your sole risk and expense. Payment Plan: You will have three payment options: (1) pay in full (2) make regularly scheduled installment payments under an installment plan established by WorldStrides or (3) establish automatic payments to be charged to your checking account at a US banking institution via WorldStrides EZPay program. If you choose to follow an installment payment plan other than the EZPay Plan, WorldStrides charges a $6 non-refundable handling fee on each installment payment following your registration, except the initial deposit and the final payment. There are NO HANDLING FEES associated with payments made through the EZPay program.

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Reservations are not transferable at any time. Frequent flyer miles are not available to participants for any flights included in your program cost. All programs must be paid in full by the final payment deadline. Your

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program space is not guaranteed if you do not adhere to the terms of the required payment plan(s). Application and Registration: All participants must submit a $399 registration deposit. Deposits are only refundable (less a $65 processing fee) if the refund request is made within seven days following an online or faxed registration, or within seven days after the postmark date of a mailed registration form. The Emergency Medical Release and Behavior Contract must be signed and returned in order to participate in NWE. Failure to return these two completed and signed documents at least 21 days prior to the program start date will result in cancellation of a participant’s registration without refund. Limited Availability: Registrations made less than 75 days prior to the date of departure will be on a space-available basis based upon the order of the date of registration or the date of acceptance and must be confirmed by WorldStrides customer service personnel. Registrations accepted less than 45 days prior to departure requires full currently-due payment upon registration or permission from WorldStrides customer service personnel. Late Final Payment Fees: If your account is not paid in full by the final payment deadline, WorldStrides charges a $60 late payment fee. The fee for any late payments made after any scheduled payment date is $15. No personal checks or business checks will be accepted after the final payment deadline. There is a $35 service charge on returned checks, declined credit cards or declined electronic drafts, such as EZPay. Program Information Letter: Approximately two to three weeks prior to departure, you will be sent details regarding flight and hotel information, departure and return times, packing tips, drop off/pick-up locations, etc. Medical Insurance: All participants are provided accident, illness, and accident-related dental insurance coverage up to $7,500 for accident, $1,500 for illness, and $750 for accident-related dental. Pre-existing conditions are not covered Any charges not covered are the responsibility of the participant. We strongly recommend that all participants purchase a comprehensive travel insurance program before traveling overseas. The program should at least cover medical and dental expenses. We will send you information following your registration regarding a Student Travel Protection Plan that WorldStrides offers for purchase. Supervision/Behavior: WorldStrides, the Program Leader, and chaperones establish behavior rules and directions for all student participants. Failure to abide by the rules or directions may result in the student being sent home at the parents’ expense without any right to a refund. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or non-prescription drugs of any kind, as well as violation of certain other rules, constitute grounds for immediate expulsion. On occasion, students may be allowed to explore on their own. WorldStrides has no responsibility for students when they are on their own, and it is the sole responsibility of those participants to take whatever actions are necessary rejoin the group where and when instructed at their own cost. Young Travelers: Registration for children under the age of 15 is subject to individual review by WorldStrides. The decision to allow participation in a trip is at the sole discretion of WorldStrides. Travel Documentation: Every participant must have the required documentation necessary to participate in the trip prior to the date of departure, including needed identification that fully matches the name provided to WorldStrides for inclusion on travel documentation and airline tickets, and must meet any other applicable compliance requirements issued by the Transportation Security Administration or related agencies. WorldStrides provides online and customer service means for keeping the program participant’s information current and it is the participant’s sole responsibility to assure that this information is fully up to date no later than 60 days prior to the group’s departure date. If changes occur after that date, the participant must contact customer service and additional change fees might apply. Visit the Transportation Security Administration website at for more information.

* Please Note: The non-refundable deposit, handling charges, merchandise fees, fees for returned bank checks, declined credit cards, electronic drafts such as EZPay, or late payments and late registration fees are not refundable. Cancellation by a Supplier: (For California residents only) Upon cancellation of the transportation or travel services, where you, the customer, are not at fault and have not canceled in violation of the terms and conditions, if any, of the contract for transportation or travel services, all sums paid to WorldStrides for services not received by you will be promptly refunded by WorldStrides to you unless you otherwise advise WorldStrides in writing. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California. WorldStrides’ principal office is located in Charlottesville, VA. This transaction is not covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. You are not eligible to file a claim against that Fund in the event of WorldStrides’ default. (For Washington State residents only) If transportation or other services are canceled by WorldStrides, all sums paid to WorldStrides for services not performed in accordance with the contract between WorldStrides and the consumer will be refunded within 30 days of receiving funds from the supplier with whom the services were arranged, or if the funds were not sent to the supplier, the funds shall be returned within fourteen days after cancellation by WorldStrides to the consumer unless the consumer requests WorldStrides apply the money to another travel product and/or date. USTOA Membership Means You’re Protected: WorldStrides, as an Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of WorldStrides’ customers in the unlikely event of WorldStrides’ bankruptcy, insolvency, or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 million posted by WorldStrides may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by WorldStrides. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by e-mail to or by visiting their website at Seller of Travel Numbers: California Seller of Travel Registration No: 2041618-20 Lakeland Tours, LLC DBA: WorldStrides is registered with the state of Florida as a Seller of Travel Registration No: ST24541 Hawaii TARS-5388; IA 568; and WA 601 887 646, 602 011 744. Rev. 09/12

In the case of international travel, including Costa Rica and Mexico programs, the participant is additionally and solely responsible for obtaining a passport or visa in order to travel. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date. It is the responsibility of the participant to check and fully comply with the requirements for travel between the United States and the countries that you will be traveling to or through. Visit the Department of State at for more information.

Please acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to the above terms and conditions and are a parent or guardian with responsibility for adherence to these terms on behalf of the program registrant.

If a participant is unable to travel due to the lack of a proper identification, passport or visa, or necessary inoculations, the standard cancellation policy will apply.


Privacy: Because the nature of our business requires coordination with various providers who deliver the travel services you request, it is necessary to share some personal information that you have provided.


CANCELLATIONS Cancellations: All cancellations must be made in writing by or on behalf of the person listed on the registration form to WorldStrides, P.O. Box 9033, Charlottesville, VA 22906-9033, must be postmarked prior to the group’s departure, and must include account number, registrant’s name, and complete address. Refunds are only issued to the person listed on the account. All refunds are issued in the original payment form that was made to the account; the refund process takes approximately four to six weeks. There will be no refunds for unused services or program features if program cancellation occurs more than seven days following receipt of your registration confirmation or initial payment invoice (whichever is received first). Participants are expected to present themselves at the assigned meeting place and time in the assigned gateway city. Failure to be present may subject the participant to cancellation without a refund and/or additional costs related to catching up with their assigned program group. Full Refund Program (FRP) Benefits (US domestic programs only): The optional Full Refund Program protects your payments and provides a refund if you need to cancel at any time prior to departure for any reason. If elected, the additional fee for the optional FRP program will be added to the program tuition on your first invoice. The FRP fee is based on program cost. All payments, inclusive of the FRP program fee, are due as of the final payment due date for your program. If, as of that date, the additional amount for the FRP program has not been received in full, your FRP election will be canceled. In the event that the trip is canceled as a result of or following an act of God, war (whether declared or not), terrorism, civil unrest, or in the event of WorldStrides’ bankruptcy, insolvency, or cessation of business the Full Refund Program will not make refunds and the below stated Standard Cancellation Policy will apply.


Standard Cancellation Policy: This policy applies to participants who choose not to be enrolled in the Full Refund Program. Within seven calendar days following receipt of your registration confirmation or initial payment invoice (whichever is received first), you may cancel your WorldStrides program and receive a full refund. If you cancel beyond the seven day grace period, WorldStrides will retain 25% of the base trip price* (minimum charge of $120 if base trip price is $400 or more) if your cancellation letter is postmarked more than 110 days prior to the group’s departure, 50% of the base trip price* if your cancellation letter is postmarked 45 to 109 days prior to group’s departure, or 100% of the base trip price* if your cancellation letter is postmarked 44 days or less prior to program departure. The standard cancellation policy is based on the originally scheduled trip dates. This policy does not apply in the event of WorldStrides’ bankruptcy, insolvency, or cessation of business.

Trip price is $150 to $2,000

FRP fee is $199

Trip price is $2,001 to $3,000

FRP fee is $299

Trip price is $3,001 to $4,000

FRP fee is $359

Trip price is $4,001 to $5,000

FRP is $459

Trip price is $5,001 to $6,000

FRP is $499

Trip price is $6,001 and above

FRP is $599

WorldStrides performance and sports programs

In addition to our New Worlds Emerge programs, WorldStrides offers selective programs for high school performers and athletes. These programs are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to showcase your talents in the world’s most prestigious performance and sports venues. Application and audition processes apply for these programs and space is very limited.

American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall The American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall was established to showcase some of the most talented student performers in high school today. Through an individual nomination and selection process, accomplished students are brought together in New York City with peers to comprise the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles. Several days of rehearsal under the direction of our renowned music conductors, culminate in a life-changing performance at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall represents excellence in musical performance, making it the perfect venue for the Honors Performance Series to showcase its student performers.

American High School HONORS PERFORMANCE SERIES at Carnegie Hall 1-800-503-0807

All Star Invitational Marching Band The All Star Invitational Marching Band combines the skill of the country’s best marching students with the excitement of performing in front of nearly 80,000 fans. Each year, we bring together the most talented high school marching band performers to work with the biggest names in the marching profession and showcase their skills at prestigious national events. In 2013, we are proud to offer selected students the opportunity to perform on the biggest stage in college football — the BCS National Championship Game in South Florida! An individual nomination and selection process identifies those accomplished students who are eligible. 1-855-803-3334

The American High School Championship at St Andrews The American High School Championship at St Andrews is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school-age golfers to compete on the famous courses where golf was first played. Held in and around St Andrews, Scotland, the Championship brings together golfers from throughout the United States to play in a one-week tournament at some of the world’s best courses. A nomination process identifies golfers who are eligible to apply for this competition.


American High School CHAMPIONSHIP at ST ANDREWS 1-855-598-GOLF  

Call us today to learn how to apply! “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain 47


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2013 New Worlds Emerge Catalog  

Travel opportunities for high school students.

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