Our Educational Mission
Educators are becoming increasingly mindful of the role that hands-on learning and experiential opportunities play in knowledge acquisition. We see this philosophical shift in the way schools, administrators, teachers, and families look to interdisciplinary options, project-based learning, international exposure, and other endeavors beyond classroom walls to complete the educational experience.
Today’s students engage in a world of advancing complexity. Our mission and vision support these students in preparing for that challenge. We seek to stimulate thinking, challenge complacency, inspire creativity, and nurture stewardship.
Wendy W. Amato, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Academics
WorldStrides was the first accredited student travel organization in the nation. Accreditation recognizes educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality, and earns them the confidence of the educational community and the public. WorldStrides is independently accredited for K-12 education by regional accrediting bodies across the nation, including:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- AdvancED, the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, and the Northwest Accreditation Commission
Our accreditation allows us to offer high school academic credit to students and continuing education credit to teachers. And through our partnership with the University of California – San Diego, we are able to offer high school students traveling on our Perspectives programs three free college credits. On applicable Capstone programs, we also offer additional university credit to college students.
Educator Opportunities and Benefits
When you give your students the life-changing experience of travel, you deserve kudos for making a creative and lasting contribution to their education. Below are a few of the rewards that you – and they – receive with WorldStrides travel:
- We offer an easy promotion and recruitment process for getting your trip going
- You can travel free, and also earn free spots for family and colleagues
- You can get professional development credit for your travel
- A broader worldview and more mature life perspective
- Stronger friendships and the fun of a shared adventure
- Eligibility for academic credit, including three free college credits for students traveling on our Perspectives programs
- For adult learners, an expanded network of connections
Click below to see specific benefits that may apply to you!
Resources and Webinars
Spy Museum Webinar
The International Spy Museum joins forces with the WorldStrides Education team to debrief educators on the unique opportunities awaiting their students in the form of exhibits, workshops, and lesson planning resources. From George Washington’s critical espionage efforts, to concealment devices and envelope x-ray spray, the ISM team shows teachers many ways their students are positioned for exciting engagement and hands-on learning at the ISM. The museum’s educators offer an exclusive glimpse into the elements of ‘Spy 101,’ a brand new workshop developed especially for WorldStrides students.
Ford’s Theatre Webinar
WorldStrides partners with Ford’s Theatre to offer educators an interactive peek into the theatre’s key exhibits. Teachers engage in a visual discovery activity to help students envision life at the time of Lincoln’s assassination and prepare them for empowered critical thinking when they visit. They further explore resources and special opportunities for students as well as one-of-a-kind professional development for teachers.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Webinar
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and WorldStrides invite teachers to explore a resource kit to support the annual observance of The Days of Remembrance in schools and communities across the nation. The teams explore the year’s theme and offer lesson plans to engage students in class as they prepare for an extension of meaningful learning during their visit to the museum.
The WorldStrides education team embarks on a quest to learn about the life and contributions of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution. They host the Montpelier education team for a tour of Montpelier’s expansive, diverse grounds, an overview of customizable student programs, and a sampling of powerful professional development opportunities for educators. From the room in which the Constitution was conceived, to the segregation era train depot, teachers discover the ways in which Montpelier offers rich, tangible teaching tools across the entire scope of American history.