No, airfare is never included in the trip tuition. As we have students joining us from all across North America and from around the world, it is impossible for us to consistently price our trips to include flights. Contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a customized flight quote for your trip(s) of interest.
Yes, our trips are all co-ed, and boys and girls sleep in separate quarters on all of our trips. Our average ratio of boys to girls is around 40/60.
As the teacher, you are welcome to be as involved or disengaged as you please. We will ask you to contribute whatever you like or have time for in the planning process. However, we do need your help reaching out to students and their parents to help recruit enough kids for your trip. We will provide you with promotional materials and whatever other tools you need to make the trip a success.
Of course – we’d be happy to provide you with a list of references.
Of course – you can give us a call any time day or night. You will have the personal contact number for your trip designer, in addition to the following numbers:
Toll Free: 888-457-4534
From outside the US: +1 484-802-7515
If you come on a trip with a friend, we will do everything in our power to give you guys a room together. Depending on the hotel, you might find that you have 1 or 2 other roommates from our group as well, but 99% of the time you will be able to room with your friend!
You are welcome to use frequent flier miles to book your child’s ticket on the group flight if there are frequent flier seats available.
We are able to revise itineraries several times before the trip leaves for the summer. Once the trip has begun, we are able to offer some degree of flexibility of when the activities on a trip may occur. We understand that travel is not always predictable but to the best of our abilities we offer a comfortable amount of flexibility on the trip to accommodate unforeseen itinerary complications such as inclement weather.
You are welcome to contact other teachers who have traveled with us. Please contact us at 1-888-457-4534 or email@example.com for a list of references.
Generally speaking, our trips do not feature homestays. Instead, we stay in hotels, hostels, or guesthouses that are safe, centrally located, and clean. That said, we do offer several trips with homestay components where we have deep local connections and can vouch for the quality and safety of the experience. Contact us for more information.
Yes, the independent flight fee does still apply. Regardless of when your child’s independently purchased flight abroad lands, we will need to arrange for an extra counselor at the airport to meet your child in case your child’s flight is a.) late or b.) arriving at a different terminal.
The majority of our participants sign up by themselves, and others sign up with one or two friends. Bonding happens very quickly on our trips, and participants who sign up alone tend to make lasting friendships while traveling with us.
Friends who sign up together will be allowed to room together for the duration of the trip, but should be aware that we expect everyone to integrate themselves into the larger group and make friendships beyond their already-established relationships.
Teachers never have to handle any funds. Travel For Teens handles all payments directly so that teachers do not need to be responsible at all for any financial payments. Payments schedules are custom designed for each trip by the teachers and Travel for Teens.
The participants are with our counselors most of the time, whether we’re together as a large group or split up into smaller groups. There are some exceptions, though – when we know that an area is particularly safe and not easy to get lost in, we’ll let you guys explore and shop on your own for a few hours, as long as you stay in groups of four.
We tend to stick together at night – sometimes we go to a flamenco show or a disco or whatever else happens to be going on that night, but we can’t let you go off on your own after dark.
We believe in flexibility – Any seasoned traveler will tell you that the best experiences on the road happen when you’re least expecting them. While we do create a day-by-day itinerary for all of our trips, we build in choices and flexibility so that we can easily change our schedule based on weather, fickle opening hours, or new opportunities that present themselves on the ground. That said, certain important sights and activities are guaranteed – you WILL see the Eiffel Tower in Paris and you WILL go to the Coliseum in Rome, for example.
Another basic concept of the TFT way of traveling is having choices. We often divide our group into smaller groups and split up for the morning or afternoon so that you can choose the activity that interests you most. For example, one group might go to a modern art museum while a second group will go to a cooking lesson and a third goes to check out a cathedral – once again, the choice is yours.
Our participants have a lot of choice in how their time is spent, but our program does not embrace the notion of no supervision (with the exception of certain situations which counselors deem safe enough to allow an hour to an hour and a half of shopping). We do not allow kids to leave the hotel without a counselor nor do we give them an afternoon of unsupervised freedom to roam a town/city.
Our participants are carefully coached in the habits and cultural signals of the host countries, and we tend to be treated very well by our host countries. We require appropriate attire and we teach respect for the countries we are in.
Therefore, we do not generally experience any sort of anti-American sentiment.
Given our continuing collaboration with a wide variety of accommodations in many different countries, we often enjoy (and pass on to you) discounted rates for our clients.
Absolutely not! Our Trip Directors have either lived or currently live in the area you are traveling and are fluent in the native language. Accompanying counselors are also either fluent or proficient in the language.
We do offer need based, reduced tuition aid though of course there is a limit to what we can give each year. If interested in applying for reduced tuition please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you need it and where you would like to go. Please keep in mind, the more open you are to where you will be going, the more likely you are to be awarded assistance. Your parents will be asked to forward the top page of their income tax return should you be selected as a finalist for aid in March or April when the applications are reviewed.
No – your child is not required to take the group flight path. 95% of our participants do elect to take the group flight for our trips. If your child does not take the group flight, there will be a $100 independent flight fee added to your child’s tuition to cover the cost of an extra counselor at the airport and for the separate transfer of your child and the counselor to the accommodation.
Yes, and Travel For Teens STRONGLY recommends all participants purchase traveler’s insurance for protection against trip cancellation due to medical/family emergencies, lost baggage situations, full medical coverage abroad, and more. Each year at least one family loses the money they’ve invested in their child’s trip because he/she was unable to travel at the last minute due to medical/family emergencies or other unforeseeable situations. Travel For Teens offers specialized, affordable, and comprehensive travel protection plans that give you the peace of mind your investment is protected against the unexpected. More information is available here. Your policy can be purchased directly through us and included on your Travel For Teens invoice; no need to contact an outside provider. The cost of your policy is calculated based on the total cost of your trip, including all airfare you may have purchased through Travel For Teens that appears on your invoice.
One way to raise money for summer travel is through a fundraiser. One organization that can help you raise money is called Equal Exchange; you can find more information about how it works by visiting their website at:www.equalexchange.coop/fundraiser.
You can call us any time, seven days a week, at 1-888-457-4534. Shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Our motto for custom trips is “If You Can Dream It, We Can Plan It.” We will work with you to customize the trip as much as you would like. We know that every group or class has unique priorities, and your trip will deliver an experience that will provide tangible signs of personal growth in students as well as very satisfied parents.
The Internet is the preferred method of communication between parents and participants, however bringing laptop computers is prohibited (with the exception of our Photography Trips). Time will be given to the group to be able to connect to the Internet at our hotels and other wifi zones.
All counselors carry cell phones with e-mail access at all times. Parents may contact us at any time day or night, in case of emergency. Trip Leaders will send update e-mails to parents every 3 days or so to give information on the progress of the group.
Participants have a list of counselor phone numbers in case they get separated from the group. While we like the participants to have a US cell phone with them for ease in US airport coordination, we discourage the use of cell phones while we are outside the hotel. We do not forbid them, however they are not permitted to be turned on outside the hotel room for anything other than emergencies. We expect participants to be willing and able to avoid non-emergency cell phone call to or from home, as we cannot accomplish an immersion experience with distractions.
Smartphones are the preferred method of communication between you and your parents or friends, and please note that bringing laptop computers is not allowed (except for on our Photography trips). Time will be given to the group to be able to connect to WiFi at our hotels or other WiFi zones.
You are allowed to bring cell phones, but please note that they to be turned on outside the hotel room for emergencies and taking photos. This is important so that you can be focused on the trip and not on texting your friends back home. You can call/text your friends or parents when you’re back in your hotel room.
We offer group flight paths on all of our trips but it is also possible to meet us abroad if this is more convenient for you. Our International Logistics Manager will work with you to make sure the best plan is made for having your child join the group. The vast majority of group flights and flights between sessions for combination trips are chaperoned by TFT staff. Please contact us for trip-specific flight details.
We have four major rules on our trips, and we take them very seriously: No drinking or drugs, no sexual activity, no bringing strangers into the group, and no leaving the group without specific permission. Breaking these four main rules will very likely result in a participant being sent home. For lesser infractions, teachers and the Travel For Teens staff will discuss the situation and decide together on an appropriate punishment. All disciplinary infractions on school trips are handled jointly between the chaperones and the Travel For Teens staff.
Travel For Teens was founded in 2003 upon the model of providing the opportunity for students to experience life as a local in all of the places that we visit. We have achieved great success with schools as we have a particular aptitude for listening to the vision of a teacher and delivering incredible, life-changing cultural exploration trips.
It’s very simple – you have as much or as little control as you want to have over the planning of your trip. Our task is to listen to what you would like us to do. For example, if you only know that you want a great vacation in Italy, we’ll create your entire itinerary including hotels, restaurants, sights, ticket reservations, and country-specific tips and suggestions.
On the other hand, if you know that you want to spend 3 nights in Rome, 2 nights in a Tuscan B&B, and 3 nights in Bologna and you already have your hotels picked out, that’s great too. We’ll work with you to fill in the blanks.
All of our trips are designed to be all inclusive. Our school trip packages range from $2500 to $5000 depending on the destination, chaperone to student ratio, length of the trip and choices of activities. Contact us at 888-457-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss costs.
The first step is to contact us on our toll free number (888-457-4534) to speak with our school trips coordinator. After discussing your budget, ideal destinations, educational goals, etc., we go to work on fitting your needs into a rough itinerary proposal which can be further tweaked based on your input. Once your ideal itinerary has been established and a budget agreed upon, we create marketing materials (flyers to pass out at your school) and a custom website with pictures, maps and itineraries for prospective parents and students. In addition, a TFT representive will travel to your school to give a presentation to interested families, answer questions, and talk about the itinerary. Travel for Teens handles all payments, paperwork, and reservations; all we ask of teachers is support in drumming up the trip to students and parents.
Understandably, parents often have concerns about sending their child away to a foreign country, especially if it’s the first time. There are a few things that might change their mind – request a copy of our brochure and go over it with them in detail, and watch the TFT YouTube channel with them. If that’s not enough, just have them give us a call any time at 888-457-4534 or write us an email at email@example.com so that they can talk to us directly about their concerns. We talk to lots and lots of parents and they usually come away feeling much better!
We’re glad you’ve found your way to our website! If you’re interested in discussing our trips, please give us a ring at 1-888-457-4534 and speak to either our company president, Pat Maloney, or our vice president, Ned Clark. We’ll be happy to discuss all aspects of any trip with you. You could also send us an e-mail any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed individual trip descriptions can be found right here on our website. Many common questions regarding our trips and way of traveling are answered right here in this FAQ.
In addition to leading the best teen travel programs in the world, we also organize custom-built trips for private clients of all ages. Drawing upon our extensive knowledge of the regions that we visit (including Europe, Central and South America, South Africa, Thailand, China, Japan, Australia & New Zealand, and Fiji), we will work with you to customize your trip of a lifetime. The advantages of working with us to organize your trip are many – you’ll get insider access to sights, events, and people that you would never have known about. Our personal service is unparalleled—we can plan any and every detail of your trip, and our prices can’t be beat.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to speak to some of our previous clients.
Safety is absolutely our number one concern at all times. We do everything in our power to render every trip as safe as it can possibly be. We analyze every aspect of every trip in detail before setting out with a group, going over contingency plans and emergency numbers for each country. We visit each and every hotel, sight, and activity that we do in person before going there with a group. We carry first aid kits and are aware of the emergency numbers and procedures in each country that we visit. The safety of our participants is constantly on our mind.
Our team is made up of experienced, mature adults who are trained to think proactively about safety in every type of situation. All counselors are re-certified annually in First Aid and CPR. In addition, we run background checks and put candidates through an extensive interview process before they are considered for employment with us. All of our staff participates in an annual staff training workshop, and our Trip Leaders undergo further training.
Please bear in mind that the act of traveling itself will always include inherent risks. We may travel on airplanes, trains, buses, boats, and bicycles – and accidents can happen. If someone is injured, we will assess the situation, contact the parents of the participant, and seek appropriate medical attention. We have access to English-speaking doctors most of the time, and when we do not, our bilingual counselors function as translators.
Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, Panama, among others!
Parents have the choice to permit tasting of local beer and wine under direct TFT supervision and only where local laws permit. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Responsible wine consumption is considered part of the local culture in many of our destinations. A taste is considered half of a normal glass. No other alcohol consumption is permitted.
We can absolutely accommodate special diets, dietary restrictions, and food allergies with advance notice and communication. We accommodate vegetarians and food allergies on virtually every trip.
Considering its relatively low cost, we STRONGLY recommend that you purchase traveler’s insurance for protection against trip cancellation due to medical/family emergencies, strikes and/or flight cancellations, lost baggage situations, full medical coverage abroad, and more. Each year at least one family loses the money they’ve invested in their child’s trip because he/she was unable to travel at the last minute due to medical/family emergencies or other unforeseeable situations. You can purchase a specialized, comprehensive policy directly through Travel for Teens; for more information please visit our insurance page or call us at (888) 457-4534.
Simply click the Book a Trip! button, select a trip, fill out the form and pay your deposit! Payment plans are available, please call (888) 457-4534 for your options.
Our trips are not loaded with tons of confining rules, however we do have four unbending and unbreakable rules, which can result in being sent home at your family’s expense:
1. No leaving the group without permission of a staff member
2. No drugs or alcohol
3. No inviting strangers into the group
4. No sexual activity
We take these rules seriously and we enforce them for your safety and the safety of the group. Unfortunately, most years we do have to send somebody home for breaking these rules.
We price most of our school trips to be inclusive of airfare, accommodations, transportation, 3 meals a day, admissions to all sights and monuments, guides, taxes and tips. Our trip prices do not include money for medical visits, souvenirs, shopping, snacks, bottled water or soda, internet, phone calls home or laundry. We will work with you to include or exclude items from these lists, based on your school’s budget and preferences.
Depending on budget, some teachers choose to include trip insurance or exclude lunches from the trip cost.
This totally depends on which trip you choose – you can find details about what we do on each individual trip right here on our website.
In general, Travel for Teens is a cultural experience with lots of flexibility built in to each itinerary (see more about this in the next question). We seek to immerse ourselves in the culture and traditions of the country that we travel to, going far beyond a typical and superficial touristy experience. In Italy this may mean visiting a gondola workshop in Venice, while in Paris taking a behind the scenes tour of a Paris fashion house, while in Thailand this could include visiting a monastery and holding a question-and-answer session with a monk.
Some trips are more adventure oriented while others focus on community service, cultural exploration, or language learning. On ALL of our trips you can count on actively learning about the culture you find yourself in, eating authentic food, and meeting great people.
Our custom trips are an incredible value. We offer you a half-hour free consultation so that you can learn about what we are able to do for you. After this consultation if you decide you’d like us to plan your trip, we ask for a deposit of $500 so that we may begin making reservations and doing research for you. Our rate is a mere $40/hour. On average, a ten-day trip for a family of four requires between 10-15 hours of planning time.
Our staff is trained to be very sensitive to the physical conditions of the students traveling with us, and we take their health and safety extremely seriously. Our counselors carry medicine kits with over the counter medicines in them to treat common sickness, and our policy is always to check with the parents of the child before administering any type of medicine.
If a child becomes seriously ill, we will not hesitate to visit a doctor or the local hospital, all while maintaining regular contact with the parents of the student.
We strongly encourage all parents to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order to protect against unforeseen circumstances which are the common reason for students to have to cancel their plans with us. All payments to Travel for Teens are non-refundable.
Our staff is trained to be very sensitive to the physical conditions of the students traveling with us, and we take their health and safety extremely seriously. Our counselors carry medicine kits with over-the-counter medicines to treat common sicknesses, and our policy is always to check with the parents of the student before administering any type of medicine.
If a student becomes seriously ill, we will not hesitate to visit a doctor or the local hospital and maintain regular contact with the student’s parents.
We strongly encourage all participants to purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that there is flight cancellation, delay or strike, Travel For Teens will do all that we can to reschedule our itinerary to prevent or minimize any itinerary disruptions. Additional costs relating to a trip delay are covered by the trip cancellation policies that we recommend.
We travel in large groups which then break apart into smaller groups with a counselor to accommodate different choices of activities. We tend to keep a late schedule, departing mid morning and often returning to the hotel around midnight. We do not herd our participants around, over schedule them or, conversely, permit sitting around doing nothing. There is, however, down time and time for reflection, plus time for laundry and stocking up on personal necessities.
We do have itineraries but our structure permits plenty of opportunity for spontaneous, off-the-beaten-path fun. Days are divided into units with choices of activities for each unit. Our model provides structure without rigidity. Teens have told us time and again they do not like being forced to conform to inflexible schedules. Participants do not have to be athletic but there are sports opportunities for those who like them on every trip. Our Ireland and Italy Community Service trips do require more physical fitness, and all of our trips involve walking up to 5 miles a day.
Included: Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like,expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters, and the like, personal and medical expenses.
Our age range goes from 13-18 years old, and the average age of participants on our trips is about 16.
Our age range goes from 13-18 years old, and the average age of participants on our trips is about 16. Some trips are reserved for certain age groups – each trip page will give you specific information about the ages allowed on that trip.
Our minimum camper to counselor ratio is 7:1, although typically our trips have a 6:1 or 5:1 ratio.
Travel For Teens always provides a Travel For Teens Trip Director to lead your trip in the destination country. Additionally, we offer one free chaperone for every ‘x’ number of students based on the budget of the trip. The ratio of free chaperones to students ranges from 6:1 to 10:1 depending on your budget per student.
We feel that people learn best when they are having a great time, so our trips feature activities designed to meet the participants’ desire to have a great time and the parents’ desire for more than a typical or superficial tourist-trip. We do not conduct your typical ‘teen tours’!
We strive to make sure our trips are carried out in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. Consideration for others, personal responsibility, teamwork and kindness are virtues we embrace at all levels every day and at all times. We consider the intangible aspects of travel to be very important. Bonding, friendships, respect and feeling cared for and valued are fundamental to our philosophy. Our participants are treated like adults and are expected to behave in an adult-like manner.
Our multi-million dollar liability insurance policy covers organizers, teachers, and chaperones, all of whom can be contractually held harmless from liability. This policy gives peace of mind to administrators and greatly helps in securing their approval. Foreign medical insurance can be provided to all organizing teachers and can easily be built into the tuition for students as well.
Travel For Teens has carefully scouted all of the locations where we bring our participants and invests considerable resources in our vendor quality control year to year. All counselors are CPR and First Aid certified. We have a lengthy and thorough hiring process which includes background checks, face to face interviews and weekend long training sessions. We have local contacts in all of the places we go in case of a medical or other emergency.
Our two most important criteria for our accommodations are that they are safe and clean. We never take groups to accommodations that we have not stayed in before. We look for hotels in safe and central areas of town, and we tend to stay away from large, impersonal hotels on the outskirts of cities. We also take into consideration the physical layout of the accommodation to help ease our ability to supervise when we are choosing hotels for our groups.
We do our best to stay away from big hotel chains. Instead, we primarily stay in small hotels. On certain trips we do stay in hostels, guesthouses, and student residences of exceptionally high quality.
We price our school trips to include the cost of airfare.
The vast majority of our participants come from the USA, we get about 40% of our students from the East Coast from Miami to Maine and 30% from the West coasts from San Diego to Seattle, 25% of our students are from the Midwest and the south and we about 5% of our students reside outside the United States.
Non-American participants are more than welcome to join us on our trips!
Dinner, the main meal of the day, is typically taken in a restaurant. Lunch is usually a quicker meal eaten on the go (a picnic, a sandwich, pizza, or a salad), and breakfast is consistent with the culture being visited. Meals range from very high end and expensive to charming and ethnic, and often there is a choice. We discourage bottled water and encourage use of refillable water bottles to save you money as well as wasteful plastic.
We know that many teenagers can be a little bit picky. We encourage participants to try new things and broaden their horizons, as eating is always a central part of our cultural immersion experience. In any case, we can always work with the restaurant to find something that will work for everyone.
Our team is made up of experienced, mature adults. All staff are re-certified annually in First Aid and CPR. In addition, we run background checks and put candidates through an extensive interview process before they are considered for employment with us. All of our staff participates in an annual staff training workshop, and our Trip Leaders undergo further training. The staff we choose are experienced, responsible, good natured, and fun, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. Most of our Trip Leaders have lived and studied or worked in their destination country and are extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of that place. The vast majority of them are also fluent in the language of that country.
It is the job of the staff to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and most importantly to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum staff to student ratios are one staff member to every seven participants, but usually the ratio is actually 1 to 5. Trip Leaders and Senior Counselors account for most staff. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
Teenagers from 13-18 years old may participate in our trips. While this is a broad age range, our groups are large enough that everyone is able to find a group of friends. A remarkable amount of spontaneous interaction and acceptance across all ages does occur.
Any teenager who speaks English and is physically and mentally fit may apply! The majority of our participants come from North America, but participants from all around the world join us as well.
It all depends on where you want to go! Each member of our staff specializes in a different area of the world. We will assign a team to your project with a Trip Designer as your lead contact.
We provide a totally unique mix of fun, learning, and cultural immersion on every one of our trips. We go far beyond a superficial tourist itinerary and live as locals, always seeking out the most authentic experiences. We also demonstrate an outstanding level of service and support that is unmatched by any other teen travel company.
Our attention to detail in the planning stages of the trip is especially important for your child to have a first-rate experience. The same people who are planning your trip will also be leading it. Furthermore, our Trip Directors have all lived or worked abroad in the places your teen is going. Once the trip is on the ground, our experienced team of counselors makes sure that the trip runs smoothly and that everybody is having a great time. We pride ourselves on our personal approach, something that we know you and your children appreciate.
Why should I use Travel for Teens as opposed to a different travel group?
Our trip planning process, from start to finish, permits you the teacher to completely customize your itinerary and goals in order to give your students an authentic experience that incorporates cultural and educational life lessons. Travel for Teens believes the same people who help you craft your ideal trip should also lead it with you, simplifying your contact with us and invariably resulting in a smoother travel experience with a staff you already know and trust. We pride ourselves on our unmatched personal approach and flexibility. Above all these qualities are what past/current teachers, students and parents have commented on time and again.
The participants are with our counselors almost all of the time. There are certain exceptions to this rule: When we deem it to be safe, small groups can go to the corner to a store, or shop within a prescribed area for a limited amount of time with a counselor nearby. In certain areas, primarily in small towns or in regions like the south of France, they may go unsupervised in small groups for limited amounts of time, however they primarily remain with a counselor in training (CIT).
The participants are never allowed to go out on their own at night.