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Hi, this is Kelly Hetrik, and I'm excited to announce that I will be leading a group of Oley Valley Middle/High School students on a WorldStrides program to Hawaii. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world all while experiencing incomparable learning moments with their friends. This will be a trip that your child will be talking about for years to come! See below for important information about our trip.
06/25/2022 to 06/30/2022
$4,014 per student - Includes $200 discount when signing up by June 4, 2021.
Transportation to & from Destination
Admission to all Attractions
24-Hour Course Leader
24-Hour Emergency Support
Accident & Medical Insurance
Opportunity to Earn Free Academic Credit
Trip Information Meeting
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Here’s a sample list of some of the many attractions and activities the students will see and do on this trip. This trip is going to be so much fun and the students are going to learn so much!
Volcanoes National Park
Study volcanology at the Kilauea Visitor Center, hike through volcanic craters, scalded deserts, and lush rainforests; walk into an actual lava tube and see two active volcanoes. This 300,000-acre national park is home to Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world!
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
Visit one of the most famous black sand beaches in the world. These beaches get their color from volcanic lava contacting the ocean—as the lava cools rapidly, it shatters into small basalt fragments giving the beach its black color. >Visit one of the most famous black sand beaches in the world. These beaches get their color from volcanic lava contacting the ocean—as the lava cools rapidly, it shatters into small basalt fragments giving the beach its black color.
Climb the 99 stairs to the top of Diamond Head, a well-known landmark of the Honolulu Volcanic Series. This 763 foot volcanic tuff cone summit boasts an exhilarating 360-degree panoramic view!
The USS Arizona Memorial, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and commemorates the events of that day.
Board a catamaran for a cruise to Kealakekua Bay, a Marine Life Conservation District. Snorkel in the brilliant blue waters and see vibrant coral, tropical fish, and on occasion, spinner dolphins. The Bay has historical significance too, as it marks the spot Captain James Cook first landed on Hawaii Island in 1778.
Kilauea Iki Crater Hike
You’ll start in a lush rainforest and descend to the floor of the Kilauea Iki Crater, a solidified lava lake which still contains many active steam vents. The vibrant colors and varied wildlife of the rainforest is a stark contrast to the steam vents, cinder cones, and splatter cones found in the crater.
Hawaiian Luau and Polynesian Show
Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Luau and authentic Polynesian show. Students will learn how to play the ukulele, participate in a hula dance, and discuss the local legends and the cultural connections the Hawaiian people have to the land. This is a Hawaiian favorite you don’t want to miss!
Located on the summit of Mount Kilauea, this underground lava lake has formed a crater that’s nearly 3,000-feet in diameter and over 200-feet deep. Students will enjoy a night hike to the crater and stop along the way for stargazing in the pitch-black, unpolluted sky.
The Health and Safety of our Travelers is our #1 Priority
For more than 50 years, WorldStrides been known for industry-leading health and safety in educational travel. COVID-19 is surely unprecedented, but WorldStrides has been tackling “unprecedented” for decades. Our experienced team is leading the way, and constantly evolving to meet new requirements for health and safety that are imperative in this environment. In addition to the new measures being implemented to address COVID-19, WorldStrides has an extensive network in place to ensure the health and safety of all our travelers. Here are just a few examples:
Expertly trained Course Leaders to guide your group. Course Leaders are destination experts and will help bring learning to life for your students while navigating them through your itinerary.
On-Site Coordinators: WorldStrides staff members who are with you around the clock at your hotel to assist with any needs that may arise during your stay. (In some destinations, on-site coordinators will be replaced with 24-hour Course Leaders.)
Doctors on Call: our exclusive partnership with the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University
Tour Central: 24/7 local support office ready to assistance travelers at a moments notice
Click here for full details on our updated health and safety measures that will be in place for your trip.
Families with annual adjusted gross incomes of up to $85,000 may qualify
One simple call to WorldStrides Customer Service (800-468-5899) can tell you how much assistance may be available even before registering for the trip. (FLAG Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; FLAG applications for trips taking place in 2021 is current closed however assistance is still available for trips taking place in 2022.)
Gift of Education Fundraiser
Student driven fundraiser where 100% of the money raised goes to offset the trip price
Students send e-cards, letters, or share links on Facebook / Instagram, and family and friends, in one simple click, can make a direct donation
Thousands of students pay for their entire trip each year through the Gift of Education
Affordable Payment Plans
Pay a small initial deposit to sign up for the trip
The remaining balance is spread out into small amounts and paid monthly prior to travel
Set up auto-deductions from your account saving you time and money