Performing Arts Parents

We’ve lined up a wealth of information for you! Choose your program type below and click to: register your child for a trip, review payment options, learn about financial assistance, and much more.

Questions About

Can parent(s) come on the trip?

The teacher leading the program makes the decision about parents participating on the trip and will assign any chaperones, as needed. There is an additional cost for adults, depending on the number of program participants per room. Typically, adults room together in double rooms.

Please contact the teacher leading your program for specific details and/or questions.

Can students apply or receive frequent flyer miles for the trip?

Due to the nature of group travel and the discounted group rates we receive, airlines do not allow the use of frequent flyer programs. Additionally, travelers are not eligible to receive frequent flyer miles for their travel.

University students traveling individually may be eligible to redeem and/or earn miles and should contact their Account Manager with specific questions.

Can students earn academic credit from their travel programs?

Yes! We love when students get credit for learning. This helps them get a step ahead, whether its for a college application or for a future career.

All middle programs include the opportunity to earn free high school credit. Our Perspectives programs offer high school students the opportunity to earn three free college credits. Our university programs also include the opportunity for students to earn additional college credit.

Our online courses make it easy to earn credit at a student’s own pace. WorldStrides offers coursework that has been carefully designed to combine the field experience with online assignments that demonstrate achievement of learning objectives. Acceptance of credit is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Click here for more information.

Or, you can contact our Curriculum & Academics Team at discovery@worldstrides.org

Do you have fundraising tips for my program?

Yes, we are committed to giving every student the opportunity to travel with us. We offer several fundraising tools to help students finance their trips. Our most successful fundraising tool, the Gift of Performance, helps thousands of students each year to raise over a million (collective) dollars for their trips. 100% of all money raised by a student goes directly toward offsetting their trip price. For further information, visit worldstridesfundraising.com.

How do students register for coursework?

Registering for coursework through Discovery for Credit is easy. First, the student must be actively enrolled in a WorldStrides travel program and must have created a student account on MyTrip. Once on MyTrip, students can click on the Discovery for Credit link to begin the registration process.  If you encounter any questions along the way, our Curriculum and Academics Department will be happy to help you out and can be reached at discovery@worldstrides.com.

Click here to view full details on WorldStrides’ Discovery for Credit Program.

How do you handle instrument transportation and rental?

Performing tours abroad may necessitate the transportation of instruments, equipment, and uniforms. Our dedicated operations staff has the expertise and proven ability to ensure the smooth travel coordination of all your instruments and equipment. Call us at 1-800-522-2398 for information on transporting equipment and instruments, including rental options.

How do you promote a concert performance?

We make every effort to ensure warm, appreciative, and receptive audiences so that our groups enjoy the most rewarding performance experience possible. Our full promotional service includes the following specific and tangible measures:

  • Production of 30 to 50 posters advertising a concert, including arrangements for these to be displayed at hotels, railway stations, libraries, etc.
  • Communications with music societies and associations within 30 miles of your proposed concert, inviting them to organize an individual or group visit to your concert.
  • Communications with local colleges, churches, and musical institutions.
  • Preparation of a press release promoting the concert, including distribution to local radio stations, local TV stations, entertainment and concert listings, and local newspaper editors and cultural/entertainment reporters.
  • Small display advertisements in local newspapers publicizing your concert.
How long does it take to complete online coursework?

The workload of the course is determined by the number of credits being earned. Fortunately, the majority of our course hours are satisfied in the field during travel programs, leaving a manageable portion of coursework for the online learning environment. Students are encouraged to register for and explore the coursework to anticipate their personal timeline. Upon returning from travel, all coursework must be completed within 6 months of the return date.

Click here to view full details on WorldStrides’ Discovery for Credit Program.

How much does college credit cost?

Three free college credits are included with all our Perspectives International Travel Programs.  This is a great value for students seeking to get ahead or fulfill graduation requirements. It’s also a great differentiator for students when applying to college.  For many of our other programs (non-Perspective programs), college credit is also included at varying levels.

High school students seeking college credit can refer to the Discovery for Credit section of MyTrip for exact details on the credits available for your specific travel program and any applicable fees. All college credit transcripts are issued through our university partner, University of California – San Diego. Please note, students traveling on a non-science based international program need to call 800-468-5899 or email discovery@worldstrides.org for academic credit information.

College students—please refer to your online registration website for additional information on what is included in your program.

How much does high school credit cost?

Discovery for Credit is free—meaning students who successfully complete online coursework following their travel program will receive free high school credit. The exact amount of credit received depends on the travel program and specific coursework selected.  Click here to view full details on WorldStrides’ Discovery for Credit Program.

How much luggage can students bring?

On most programs, students will carry their own luggage, so it is always recommended to pack light! For short programs, one small suitcase is recommended. For longer programs, we recommend no more than one checked bag and one carry-on. The cost for checking baggage is not included in WorldStrides’ program price and travelers should be prepared to pay these fees upon check-in for both departing and returning flights. Please also check your airline’s website prior to travel for up-to-date information regarding weight and size limits set by the airline.

Additionally, all travelers should be aware of the Transportation Security Administration’s guidelines for air travel. For more information, please visit the TSA website.

How much spending money should students bring?

The amount of spending money students need to bring depends on the length of the tour. It is also a personal preference—meaning that if you want to buy a lot of souvenirs, then you’ll need to bring more spending money. As a general guide, we recommend $50 in spending money to purchase souvenirs for programs lasting three or more days.

Be sure to check the information provided to you by the teacher leading the trip. On some of our programs, not all the meals are included so students will want to bring an additional $7-$12 to buy lunch each day.

Please note, these recommendations may differ if you are traveling internationally.

Is there a standard code of conduct for trip participants?

To ensure the safety of all our travelers, WorldStrides has a Behavior Code of Conduct that each student must agree to follow. In some cases, the trip Program Leader will add their own personal requirements and those of the school or college where applicable.

What does it mean that WorldStrides is “accredited”?

Being accredited means that WorldStrides has been evaluated and approved by external educational agencies. In fact, WorldStrides is accredited by multiple agencies including AdvancED, MSA-CESS, and WASC. These are the same accrediting bodies that evaluate traditional brick-and-mortar schools like yours. We were the first organization of our kind to achieve this accreditation.

Our voluntary participation in the accreditation process demonstrates our unrivaled commitment to the learning experience of our travelers. Every program is custom built to meet students’ age-appropriate needs and standards-based goals of the curriculum. Our accreditation allows us to issue academic credit for students and professional development for educators.

What is LEAP?

LEAP stands for Learning through Exploration and Active Participation. It is the WorldStrides educational philosophy that embodies a hands-on, exploratory approach to travel and learning. This means students won’t be passive tourists, but rather, active participants in experiential learning with high levels of engagement, guided discussion, questions and answers, and personal connections.

What is MyTrip and how do I sign up?

MyTrip is a free customizable online portal for teachers, students, and parents. Teachers may communicate important trip information to travelers and parents, create rooming lists, and view registrants. Students and parents may use MyTrip to learn about specific trip details and to access the Discovery for Credit program.

MyTrip is an optional resource for travelers; however, teachers must create rooming lists in MyTrip, and students and parents must use MyTrip to earn academic credit. Sign up by visiting MyTrip and choose Parents, Students, and Adults or Program Leaders and Teachers to get started.

What is the best way to carry money?

Students carrying money should be advised to keep cash in a safe place such as a money belt or wallet in a secure pocket. Where possible, it is best for travelers to carry only what they may need for the day, and to secure the rest of their cash in their luggage.

For international travel, you may take a credit card or bankcard that can be used at international ATMs. Remember to check with your credit card company or bank to make sure your card will work overseas. Travelers checks are not recommended and are not allowed for minors.

What kind of transportation will we use?

You will travel by either airplane or motorcoach, depending on how far your hometown is from your destination. A comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach will be used to take your group to the various sites and activities in your destination city. In some cities, you will walk or take public transportation to many of the sites, when convenient.

What type of documents are required for air travel?

In accordance with TSA regulations, minor children are not required to carry ID. However, we strongly encourage students to carry a school ID or ID card. All participants must provide their full legal name (first, middle, and last name matching information on a government-issued ID) matching information on a government-issued ID regarding date of birth and gender prior to ticketing.

International air travel: A passport is required for all travelers on all international trips. Each traveler is responsible for obtaining their own passport. Obtaining a passport can take several weeks, so make arrangements to acquire one immediately. Passports should not expire for at least 6 months from the date when you’ll return. All pages must be securely fastened inside. (Some countries will not accept a passport that does not meet these standards.)

We recommend students make two black and white copies of their passport before travel in case their passport is lost or stolen; keep one in secured luggage and give one to the Program Leader.

What type of insurance does WorldStrides provide and why?

Though you probably have insurance of your own, all of our programs include additional medical, dental, and accident coverage to ensure you are fully covered while traveling. This is particularly important if you are traveling abroad and some schools even require this additional insurance. Terms and conditions of this insurance are controlled by our provider, AIG. If you need to claim this insurance benefit, you can file your claim directly with AIG.

 

What types of venues will we perform in if we travel abroad?

We offer an unrivaled range of venues for your performing tour. Whether you prefer to perform in one of Europe’s great Gothic or Romanesque cathedrals, a smaller sacred venue, a public place, or a music festival, our operations staff has the experience and contacts to make the best possible concert arrangements for your group.

Each one of our customized proposals includes a comprehensive list of frequently used venues in the cities on that itinerary. If a group has a particular venue in mind for a potential performance, we will do everything possible to secure it.

Who develops and grades coursework when students get credit through WorldStrides?

The Curriculum & Academics team is comprised of highly credentialed educators with years of classroom and field teaching experience. Our  Director of Curriculum & Academics, Wendy Amato, holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. All courses are designed to meet the specific developmental and educational needs of the learners on the travel programs. Coursework is evaluated by the WorldStrides team with personalized feedback, differentiated assignments, a range of product options, and a mastery learning approach to assessment.

Click here to view full details on the WorldStrides Discovery for Credit Program.

Will all schools accept WorldStrides’ credit?

The good news is our status as an accredited educational travel organization and our partnerships with colleges and universities allows us to issue credit directly to participants in our programs. Acceptance of credit at any institution is always at the discretion of the receiving school.

Click here to view full details on the WorldStrides Discovery for Credit Program.

Will participants room together on my International Concert Tour?

Rooming will normally be in twin rooms, with an occasional triple (in the case of an uneven number of male or female participants). Ultimate approval of all roommate selections rests with the Program Leader. Single rooms are also available with an additional fee on all tours if required.

Will students room together?

Students typically room with three other students (four students to a room), and most hotel rooms have two full or double beds that are shared by students of the same gender. Many programs allow students to select their own roommates. Ultimate approval of all roommate selections rests with the Program Leader.