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Old 02-08-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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I was a chaperon on a school trip and the "Professional Tour Guide" we had with this company was not licensed...In fact, he was really creepy with the female students. We called our representative who booked the tour and they said we couldn't change guides....So, it got so bad that we actually had to tell him to leave. So, he left with all our meal vouchers and entrance tickets!!! We were stuck.....when we called the company again, they said there was nothing they could do. Thank God we had our hotel and the chapersons had credit cards. NEVER AGAIN! Not only does the company not have professional guides, but when there is a problem, they don't offer any solutions and leave you stranded!!! Plus, they are VERY overpriced. We thought we were paying more to get a professional company, but we were duped! There are other Educational Tour companies out there. Learn from our experience!!
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:09 AM
 
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Default worldstrides likes your money

Worldstrides would be nice for the kids if money wasn't an issue for your family. The way the economy is today that's not possible unless you are a congressman. I signed my son up for the trip a few months ago and the cost was around 1500.00 dollars, a 99.00 non refundable deposit, and a 139.00 charge for a complete refund if you want, but we told them we didn't want it. My son did a few fundraisers and it was very time consuming and didn't make very much, and we couldn't make the payments on time and are being charged numerous late fees, feels like a credit card company, wonder if they will be charging interest. I think it is a rediculous price for a three day trip. You could take your family there for that price. I guess income tax will go for that, and spring break the family will sit at home. I regret signing my son up for this trip. total rip off.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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Their prices dont make any sense. 1700+USD plus for a 4 and a half day trip form Denver to DC ? With Southwest Airlines and connection in Chicago ?! They must either brainwash or bribe the teachers..
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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I chose this comPany and took my students to a tour of Italy. We had so much fun! Our tour director was very informed and helPful in every way, every day. It seems to me that the majority of the 'sour graPes' Posted here were due to cost. I was a bit surPrised at first that it was a bit higher; however, you must take into account that your child will not be on a bus most of the time traveling to a few different landmarks/sites. The hotels that are chosen by Worldstrides are what cost more due to their location and safe neighborhoods and toP hotel security. They are located right in the city, not in some out-of-the-way student hostel with little to no security. We could walk to all of our destinations, which meant we could be out enjoying ourselves from 8 am to 10 Pm. By the time we got back to the hotel, the kids were exhausted and haPPy. I am now in the Process of another triP. I have absolutely no comPlaints! Loved our time there and the kids and I will always have this life-changing memory.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There is a disconnect in this thread between the kids getting benefit and the parents paying through the nose. Some will see it a very expensive baby sitter, others as a worthwhile experience at any price.

In my opinion, if kids come home with ANY deal being offered by the school, it should be looked at with a very wary eye, if not absolute skepticism. Marketers are very skilled at selling a package to a school, paying a big commission to the school for selling it, and making the affluent suburban parents think they are obliged to buy it. There will always be parents who say "anything for my child, no price is too high", and all you have to do is pay a sweet commission to the school to dangle these offers in front of such parents, and there is one born every minute.

When I was a parent, I had a had firm and fast rule and my kids knew it: Nothing, absolutely nothing, was ever bought (or donated to) through the school.

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Old 04-14-2016, 12:06 AM
 
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The prices are high so the program leaders/coordinators get to go for free. If enough people go they get to bring a chaperone for free, hence someone posted a teacher's family member was a chaperone. Teachers using you to get free trips disguised as learning trips. They are technically employees of Worldstrides. Cheaper to book it yourself.

Read page 4 of their employee (program leader/coordinator) guide:
[url]http://olr.worldstrides.net/PLResources/planning/docs/History-Science_2013-14_Policy_Handbook.pdf[/url]
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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Anybody have any experiences with this agency? My 8th grade son would like to go on one of these "once in a lifetime experiences" through his school. It's approximately $1800 and lists a "sample" itinerary with 20 different historical museums and landmarks over a 4 day period in Washington, D.C. I'd like to hear from parents or students who have had actual experiences with the company. Thank you.
These trips are truly great. I want on one last year and had the time of my life! I recommend Worldstrides but you should pay for his trip and let him go
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:14 AM
 
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Thumbs down Worldstrides doesn't care about your child's safety

My 8th grade daughter fell asleep on the bus on the way to dinner one evening of her trip. She woke up completely alone, locked on an empty bus parked somewhere in DC, over a thousand miles from home, not knowing where her classmates or teachers were. She had to text a friend for help, and the bus driver came and got her and escorted her to the restaurant. Another friend estimated they'd been in the restaurant for an hour - it was long enough that almost everyone in her group (76 students, 6 teachers) had ordered and finished eating.

When I called to report the incident to customer service, the agent said "well this wasn't our company, we contract out the driving to one or two other companies. We can't control what they do." What??? When I said you are responsible for your subcontractors, she then proceeded to put the blame solely on the teachers. The funny thing is I didn't call to blame someone. I just wanted Worldstrides to ask the drivers to do a sweep of the bus before they leave it unattended. This is common practice for school bus drivers and seems like common sense to me.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Too expensive for what it is.

Most museums/historic sites in DC are free, or nearly free. You can bring your family to DC.

A decent room on Priceline is as little as $90-$150 per night, the public transportation is affordable, the food isn't more expensive than California. I don't know your airfare though. But you can do the math, DC is actually budget friendly.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I chose this comPany and took my students to a tour of Italy. We had so much fun! Our tour director was very informed and helPful in every way, every day. It seems to me that the majority of the 'sour graPes' Posted here were due to cost. I was a bit surPrised at first that it was a bit higher; however, you must take into account that your child will not be on a bus most of the time traveling to a few different landmarks/sites. The hotels that are chosen by Worldstrides are what cost more due to their location and safe neighborhoods and toP hotel security. They are located right in the city, not in some out-of-the-way student hostel with little to no security. We could walk to all of our destinations, which meant we could be out enjoying ourselves from 8 am to 10 Pm. By the time we got back to the hotel, the kids were exhausted and haPPy. I am now in the Process of another triP. I have absolutely no comPlaints! Loved our time there and the kids and I will always have this life-changing memory.
Wow, tell me the name of the hotel.

For $1500, I expect luxury hotels.
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