About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Our Mission
WorldStrides’ mission is to ignite personal growth for students through travel at every stage of development.

Our Vision
To be the superior choice in educational travel for teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Fred O'Connor

Fred O’Connor

Executive Vice President

Fred O’Connor joined WorldStrides in 2001 with the desire to contribute his time and energy to an organization with a meaningful mission. As the son of two educators, Fred appreciates how WorldStrides’ travel programs not only enrich the lives of students, but also benefit teachers.

He enjoys working with others who have dedicated their talents to providing such outstanding travel programs. Prior to joining WorldStrides, Fred spent 15 years in technology sales and marketing and five years as a college football coach. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Catholic University, where he played football. Fred lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to destinations with historic significance.