Education and personal growth are the heart of WorldStrides’ mission – and they have been since the beginning. Founded in 1967 by a middle school social studies teacher from Chicago who discovered the incredible power of education outside the classroom while traveling to Washington, D.C. with his students, the company has since grown to become a leader in experiential learning for students of all ages throughout their lifetime learning journey.
Everything we do is designed to foster student and faculty engagement—from on-tour LEAP activities, to world-class performance adjudication, to customized global engagements. Our goal is to provide moments that delight and open up the world of learning. Learn more about our accreditation, and the team and philosophy behind it.
With more than 50 years of success providing over 9 million students with outstanding experiences, our track record is unrivaled. Our network, knowledge, planning and industry-leading infrastructure - like 24/7 support and Doctors on Call - provide the confidence and peace of mind that only come from experience.
Our team is truly passionate about making each experience easy to manage from A to Z. We’re there when you need us, and if the unexpected happens, we bring a can-do mindset to get things back on track quickly. Our relationships stand the test of time because they are real - we sweat the details, and it shows.
No matter the program format or specialization, our mission is this:
“We enable students to see beyond the classroom and to see the world – and themselves – in new ways.”
We help them grow as people… by developing independence, leadership, problem-solving skills, worldliness, and maturity.”
We help them grow as citizens… by building compassion, understanding, connections and perspectives that transcend boundaries and borders.”
We are committed to the learning that happens when people interact with people who have different perspectives. We believe in extending the opportunity to learn through experience to people of all races, ethnicities, creeds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and physical and mental abilities.
Our commitment extends to our workplace, where we believe in creating an inclusive space that promotes and values diversity. We believe this focus makes us more successful, and that creating an environment that encourages people of all backgrounds to contribute their best work is the right thing to do.
As a global organization, we are passionate about providing educational services by exposing learners of all ages to new destinations and personal enrichment experiences—a commitment that is fueled by the dedication of our employees and partners. As a WorldStrides family, we are educational advocates with a shared responsibility for being socially, environmentally, and fiscally responsible, both on tour and in the office. We focus on employee diversity, welfare, and growth; we make environmentally conscious decisions to use resources carefully; we lend a helping hand to local communities around the world; and we make ethical business decisions in pursuit of the company’s future success.