CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – November 4, 2019 – WorldStrides is proud to welcome Brightspark US and Brightspark Canada, World Class Vacations, Jumpstreet, and Educatours as a part of the WorldStrides family.
This collection of educational travel brands, formerly part of Travelopia, is known across the U.S. and Canada for delivering the kind of life-changing experiences that are core to WorldStrides’ mission of helping students see the world and themselves in new ways. As curators of once-in-a-lifetime educational tours and performance-based events, they are leading providers in the sector, with excellent customer satisfaction scores. Their talented teams will continue working directly with the educators and group leaders who have selected them for travel opportunities.
With the addition of this group, WorldStrides expands its broad travel program offerings for music, theater, and dance groups, and continues to enhance its teacher-led history and STEM tours around the U.S., Canada, and the world. We also add new culinary opportunities for students to our portfolio.
“We believe in the power of experiential learning across geographies, age groups, and interests,” explained WorldStrides CEO Bob Gogel. “We are in a position today to support curious minds along a lifetime learning journey and that’s really exciting.”
Though we will continue to support separate educational travel opportunities under each organization’s leadership, the team will benefit from our decades of shared experience in this unique industry. Operating under separate brand names with discrete programming options, we can offer a range of opportunities so that teachers and students can choose the type of program that’s right for them – all with the assurance of the exceptional care that is the common thread between our brands.
“We are pleased to join a company that lives our mission every day. The opportunities for collaboration, growth, and learning are endless, and myself and the team look forward to the journey ahead with WorldStrides” said Bill Irwin, who leads the brands new to the portfolio.
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