Like our programs, our registration and payment processes are customized for our different kinds of WorldStrides travelers. These distinctions include group or individual travelers, domestic and international travelers, different age groups and different subject areas, such as performing. Below, you’ll find some general information on a few commonly asked questions. Please review your program materials for the most up-to-date registration deadlines, cancellation policies, payment information, and refund programs.
Yes. WorldStrides offers two types of travel protection plans; the WorldStrides Travel Protection Plan that covers standard benefits such as medical and dental treatment while abroad, cancelation for injury, sickness or death of a family member, passport and visa protection, flight cancellation, loss of luggage and personal effects, cancellation due to terrorist acts (as defined). We also offer our Ultimate Travel Protection Plan that offers all of the same benefits of our standard plan along with a Cancel For Any Reason Waiver Benefit. Learn more about our protection plans on the Travel Protection section of the website.
Many of our programs offer payment options, including extended payment plans and/or a convenient EZ Pay option, which automatically deducts each payment from an account you authorize us to use. EZ Pay helps eliminate monthly handling fees. If applicable, payment plan information is detailed in your trip letter or in your registration portal. For more information or to change your payment options, you can login to your account, or call WorldStrides Customer Service at 800-468-5899.
Yes. Payment is needed by the date indicated on your monthly invoice. A $15 late fee will be assessed for each payment submitted after the date indicated on the invoice. Many programs offer options to avoid the hassle of manually making monthly payments, and possibly incurring late fees, by signing up for EZPay, our automated payment plan. This easy-to-use plan automatically deducts payments from your authorized account, saving you time and eliminating all processing fees and possible late fee penalties. You can switch to EZPay at any time by calling WorldStrides Customer Service at 1-800-468-5899.
If you would like additional flexibility to change your plans, you can purchase an additional trip interruption and/or cancellation plan. See your registration materials for details on the protection plan specific to your program. With more than 50 years in business, WorldStrides has a peerless reputation and strong backing from our financial investors. Additionally, through our membership in USTOA’s Traveler Assistance Program, all deposits up to $1M are protected in the highly unlikely event of WorldStrides insolvency.
WorldStrides is committed to giving every student the opportunity to travel. To support this mission, we offer several financial assistance and fundraising programs. Through these programs, thousands of students who otherwise would not have been able to afford this experience are given the opportunity to travel—and of this, we are extremely proud! Our scholarships and financial assistance programs are specifically tailored to our program types. Click here to learn more about these options for WorldStrides tours. Some programs may have more specific information available on their own websites, if applicable. Additionally, WorldStrides works hard make fundraising simple for parents, students, and teachers. Through the Gift of Education, Gift of Sports, and Gift of Performance programs, students can use our customizable e-cards, webpages, letters, and even Facebook links to receive direct donations to their trip. 100% of all the money raised by the student goes directly to their account. We also have extensive resources to help you organize other fundraisers in your community. For more information on financial assistance, the Gift of Education, and other fundraiser and scholarship options that may be available to you, please visit fundraising.worldstrides.com.
The educator leading the program typically makes the decision about participants who are eligible for each trip and will assign any chaperones, as needed. All participants must be registered through WorldStrides. If your Program Leader has arranged to have guests on the program, or has designated you a chaperone, you may have specific registration requirements related to these special designations. You can learn more through your customized registration link provided in your materials and linked to your Trip/Program ID. Please contact the teacher leading your program for specific details and/or questions.
Yes. WorldStrides welcomes participants of all kinds and makes every effort to accommodate a student’s special needs. For educator-led programs, students should ask the teacher leading their program to contact his or her Account Manager regarding any special needs so we may take care of the necessary arrangements. Please note that there may be some activities in which a traveler is unable to participate. WorldStrides will be happy to work with anyone who has mobility or other issues to try to make it possible for them to participate. Additionally, we recommend that students with special needs investigate their destination(s) to make sure any special care would be available, and consult with a physician prior to travel.
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