2017 DC International Quebec Program

2017 DC International Quebec Program

Program Highlights

2017 DC International Quebec Program

Dates: August 21st - September 1st, 2017   |   Tuition: $2,690 Learn More

On this program...

  • Take a ghost tour where costumed guides will light their lanterns as you tour through the streets of Old Quebec
  • Visit Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall in Quebec

Group Organizer/s: 

Lauren Games, lauren.games@dcinternationalschool.org

 

WTT Contact: 

Luke Mueller, 303-898-7391, luke@walkingtree.org

Deadlines: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2017 DC International Quebec Program! If this is your first time on this page, please read through the categories under Pre-Enrollment to learn more about this unique travel opportunity, or peruse the other categories as you like.

Once you have enrolled, please check out the Post-Enrollment information. Around one month before departure, we will post the remaining information under Program Prep to review on a call with the entire group. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Canada!

Click on the sections above to learn more

Program Itinerary

DATEDAYLOCATIONACTIVITYLODGING
Aug-21MondayTravel day/ QuébecThe group will arrive from the USA to Québec City. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting. Depending on the time, we will be able to explore the neighbourhood and have dinner out.Québec Hotel
Aug-22TuesdayQuébecWe will have a morning tour of Old Québec . After the tour, we will grab lunch at Paillard, a boulangerie in old Quebec. After lunch, we will divide in groups of three or four and start our Photographic scavenger hunt where we will stop at the most iconic places in town. Small groups will compete with one another while interacting with locals - and the winning group gets a prize! We will head back to the hotel to rest for an hour or two before heading out to supper.Québec hotel
Aug-23WednesdayQuébecWe will start our French classes that will last from 9am to 12pm. We will then have lunch with a view on the St-Lawrence before going in for a visit at the Musée des beaux arts where we will see the art of some of the most famous Quebec painters. We will head back to the school where we will distribute transport cards for the next couple of days and meet the families. Tonight will be our first night of homestays. Students will be paired with homestay families.Homestay
Aug-24ThursdayQuébecPairs of students will travel separately from their host family to the school where classes will start at 9 am. At noon, we will eat the lunch prepared by our families at the school cafeteria and head out for a visit of the Citadel at 1pm. Depending on the time of the visit, we might be able to witness the changing of the guards. We will also visit the Parliament building and learn a bit more about the Parliamentary system as Québec is the capital of the Province of Québec. Around 5pm, the group will go back to their respective families to hang out, get to know them and relax.Homestay
Aug-25FridayQuébecWe will have French classes in the morning from 9am to 12pm. We will then take a bus at the school and depart to visit the Montmorency Falls - some of the largest waterfalls in the region. We will able able to zipline across the falls. After the falls, we will do a pit stop at Chez Marie to taste some of the best maple butter in Québec. The bus will drop us off at the school where the group will go back to their respective host families.Homestay
Aug-26SaturdayQuébecToday will be the fourth and last day of our French classes. At 12pm we will visit the Musée de la Civilisation to learn about the people, culture and society of Quebec. We will then walk from there to the Petit-Champlain, an iconic neighborhood in Québec City and Marché du Vieux-Port where we will snack on locally made food and have another scavenger hunt putting our French classes to use. Homestay
Aug-27SundayQuébecToday, we will take a bus at our meeting point and start our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on the Ile d'Orleans. We will work on this site for two days. After enjoying lunch prepared by the families, we will have time to explore the island a bit and do some fruit picking of all kinds of berries and depending on the time of year, visit the Lavander fields. Afterwards, you will have some leisure time where you will be able to reflect on the day and head back to your host families.Homestay
Aug-28MondayQuébecToday is the second day of the Great Canadian Shore Cleanup on iles d'Orleans. Today, we will clean the shores until noon and head out to the traditional Huron site for lunch and a visit and where we might try our hand at archery. The bus will take us back to the meeting point where the group will spend their last night with their host families.Homestay
Aug-29TuesdayQuébecToday we head to le Parc de la Jacques –Cartier, a national parc outside Quebec City to do some water rafting and picnic on the shores of the river. The bus will later take us back to Québec City where we will settle into our hotel and head out to enjoy a walking ghost tour and dinner.Homestay
Aug-30WednesdayQuébecToday we will take the bus and head to the Charlevoix region. we will travel through its enchanting sites and landscapes, witness at first hand the rugged regions of the first settlers. We will stop at Grand-Jardin another national parc where we will hike to the top and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Charlevoix region. We will head out to Tadoussac and settle into our hotel, one of the most iconic hotels in Quebec, and enjoy a traditional Quebec village by the ocean and traditional dinner. Hotel
Aug-31ThursdayQuébecIn Tadoussac, we can decide to go whale watching either by sea Kayak or by zodiacs. A nature guide specializing in mammal life will invite you to discover the different species found in the St-Lawrence Estuary as we will get to experience first hand why it's important to keep the waterways clean and why we help clean the shore. On the 3 hour drive back, we will be able to write our letters to self and reflect on the last few days.Hotel
1-SepFridayQuébecThe group leaves Québec CityYour own bed

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Walking Tree Travel designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Walking Tree Travel stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our students, teachers, and staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Students will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with Walking Tree. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Quebec City: www.hotelleconcordequebec.com/en

Tuition & Fundraising

Program Tuition Includes

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Program Tuition Excludes: Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.*

*NOTE: If you are traveling on a program that is completed before September 1, 2018 your basic travel insurance is included. If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have any supplemental coverage beyond what your family’s package may provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

Estimated Airfare*

International Airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Standards of Behavior

WTT provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with WTT.

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Passport & Visa Check

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to Canada.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact us for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

We strongly recommend visiting the CDC Canada website to get the most updated information on health and vaccination considerations in your destination country. In addition, we encourage you to consult with your personal family physician so you can be as informed as possible when making important decisions about vaccinations and other necessary health-related preparations before travel.

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. Walking Tree will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

 

Travel Insurance

If you are traveling on a program which departs before September 1, 2018 the following travel insurance is included in your tuition:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have coverage beyond what your family’s package may provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

While we work hard to ensure the safest experience possible for our travelers while on program, experience has taught us that travel is never without risk. For this reason, we suggest you consider purchasing travel insurance which would cover you in the event your student needs to withdraw before travel due to a covered reason, loses baggage in route or encounters an emergency while traveling, among other unforeseen circumstances. Please see a summary of a plan below and follow the link for a more detailed explanation or to purchase the plan for your traveler.

Classic with Trip Plus*
Trip Cancellation Up to 100% of Trip Cost
Reimburses your prepaid, non-refundable expenses if you must cancel your trip due to a covered reason.
Maximum coverage: $100,000.

Trip Interruption Up to 150% of Trip Cost
Reimburses for the unused, non-refundable portion of your trip and for the increased transportation costs it takes for you to return home or to continue your trip due to a covered reason. Maximum coverage: $150,000.

Missed Connection $1,600
Reimburses for covered expenses resulting from a covered delay that causes you to miss your scheduled flight or cruise.

Travel Delay $1,600
Receive up to $200 per day per person to cover additional accommodation/travel expenses and lost prepaid expenses due to a departure delay of six or more hours.

Medical Protection: 
Emergency Medical and Dental $50,000
-This primary coverage provides reimbursement for expenses incurred during your trip due to covered medical and dental emergencies. No deductible.
-$750 maximum for emergency dental care.

Baggage Protection
Baggage Loss/Damage $2,000
Covers loss, damage or theft of baggage and personal effects.

Baggage Delay $600
Covers the reasonable additional purchase of essential items during your trip if your baggage is delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for 24 hours or more. Receipts for emergency purchases are required.

Assistance Services
Emergency Medical Transportation $1,000,000
Provides medically necessary transportation to the nearest appropriate facility following a covered injury or illness. Also covers the cost of your transportation back home following a covered injury or illness.

24-Hour Hotline Help Included
Help is just a phone call away with Allianz Global Assistance. Our staff of multilingual problem solvers is available to help you with a medical, legal or travel-related emergency.

*Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. Insurance benefits underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A­” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101­C series or 101­P series, depending on your state of residence. Plan(s) may not be available in all jurisdictions. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson InsuranceCompany. Non­Insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company. Consumer may be responsible for charges incurred from outside vendors for assistance or concierge services. Contact AGA Service Company at 800­284­8300 or 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 or customerservice@allianzassistance.com.

Global Leadership Curriculum

WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame the experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future.

For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

Learn More About the GLC

To view and complete the Pre-Program Activities, visit our online portal at the button below.

Pre-Program Activity Portal

Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

duolingo owl logo

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Travel Day Details

Group Flight Information

Walking Tree will provide a group manifest – complete with reservation codes and ticket numbers – to the group organizer before departure. Nevertheless travelers will need to check in at the airport and we recommend arriving no later than three hours prior to the scheduled departure. For details on exactly where and when to meet on the day of departure, please contact your teacher/Group Organizer.

DEPARTURE FROM USA
Airline: Porter Airlines
Flight: PD 718
Date: August 21, 2017
Departs: Washington Dulles (IAD) at 8:45 AM
Arrives: Toronto (YTZ) at 10:10 AM

-Connecting to-

Airline: Porter Airlines
Flight: PD 513
Date: August 21, 2017
Departs: Toronto (YTZ) at 12:30 PM
Arrives: Quebec (YQB) at 2:00 PM

RETURN TO USA
Airline:
Porter Airlines
Flight: PD 514
Date: September 1, 2017
Departs: Quebec (YQB) at 2:30 PM
Arrives: Toronto (YTZ) at 4:10 PM

-Connecting to-

Airline: Porter Airlines
Flight: PD 513
Date: September 1, 2017
Departs: Toronto (YTZ) at 5:50 PM
Arrives: Washington Dulles (IAD) at 7:15 PM

A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event WTT is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries. That being said, our travelers’ well-being and safety is our number one priority, so please know that should flight delays/cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will do our best to keep family members updated on developments.

Walking Tree is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage. Please also make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

To learn more about Porter Airline’s baggage policies, please click here.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm if this is required on your flight.

Program Staff

WTT will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Below you’ll find a list of the Walking Tree staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program. Meet your support team!

  • Danielle Johnson
    Danielle Johnson Program Leader
    Gordon College – B.A. International Affairs, Minors in French and Sustainable 
    Development 
     
    A native of California, Danielle grew up in a multicultural home and has never stopped looking for ways to promote intercultural learning. She first started studying French in high school, 
    eventually immersing in the language while studying development and social change for a 
    semester in Cameroon as a college student. After graduation, she returned to her exploration of 
    the Francophone world to teach English for two years with the French government’s TAPIF 
    program — first in the South American department of French Guiana, and later on the 
    Mediterranean island of Corsica. She taught French and creative writing at Canoe Island French 
    Camp in the San Juan Islands of Washington state, and worked as a Program Leader for 
    CIEE’s French intensive summer study abroad for high schoolers in Rennes, France. Aside from 
    teaching and traveling, she loves hiking, playing ultimate frisbee, being in hammocks, and 
    making music (especially on the beach). She is thrilled to join the Walking Tree team and to 
    share the awesome ways French can be extended beyond the classroom! 
    • Fabiola Hudicourt
      Fabiola Hudicourt Canada Country Director, Program Leader

      University of Montreal – B.S. International Relations
      Institute of Development Studies in Switzerland – Masters in Development Studies 

      Fabiola grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, until she was eighteen. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Montreal, Canada, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the Institute of International Relations and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Fabiola has been traveling since she was five years old but her passion for traveling started when she spent time in Barcelona to study Spanish. She has been travelling ever since on a regular basis and has been to 20+ countries, across Canada and the U.S. She has volunteered for many organizations, including the Canadian Council for International Relations in Montreal, the Canadian Red Cross and Ten Thousand Villages in Vancouver. She has worked as a fair trade development agent in Quebec City and as a project manager for development projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She has a passion for languages and speaks fluently French, English, Haitian Creole and conversational Spanish. She is currently learning German, too! A mother of two, she is looking forward to discover the world with her children.

      Group Roster

      The names below are those travelers who have enrolled on the program and paid at least the deposit. The roster is updated weekly but if you have any questions please contact our Admissions Director Lacey Merkel at lacey@walkingtree.org.

      1. Jaden Dunning
      2. Celia Taylor
      3. Oliver Stratton Treadway
      4. Raquel Vasquez
      5. Alaundra Quildon
      6. Ely Fall
      7. Jessi Brown-Thompson
      8. Alec Parsons
      9. Isabella Ramos-Bracho
      10. Raffi Kanayan
      11. Amelie Gerber
      12. Kimberly Colley
      13. Selah White-Smith
      14. Kassandra Tchemi
      15. Tawanna Mathis
      16. Anna Brosowsky
      17. Nikolai Goussev
      18. Lauren Hadley
      19. Xavier Monroe

      Community & Project Details

      This is where your host community information will appear, along with your community project, if applicable to your program.

      Communication & Blog

      The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

      WTT tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should direct all general inquiries to info@WalkingTree.org. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S.

      Click here to access your program’s blog page.

      Packing List

      What follows is a sample packing list, which will be updated for each program. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

      Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.

      Canada Packing List

      CLOTHES:

      7-9 pairs of underwear
      6-8 pairs of socks
      6-7 t-shirts, tank tops or work shirts
      2-3 long sleeve shirts
      1-2 sweatshirt/jacket
      2-3 pairs of shorts
      2-3 pairs of jeans/pants
      1 swimsuit
      1 rain jacket
      1 pair of sturdy shoes (appropriate for lots of walking/athletic activity)
      1 pair of sports sandals ie Chacos/Tevas etc. (optional)
      1 pair flip flops (optional)
      1 hat

      TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:

      Bring the BASIC toiletries you need plus:
      Sunscreen
      Band aids and Neosporin and other basic first aid supplies
      Hand Sanitizer

      MISCELLANEOUS:

      Sunglasses
      Journal and pen
      Quick dry towel
      Book/s
      Alarm Clock and watch
      Visa/MasterCard debit card or US dollars (we recommend students bring between $100-$200, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
      Durable water bottle
      Flashlight/headlamp
      Batteries

      HOMESTAY GIFTS

      Travelers often contact us regarding what an appropriate gift might be for their student’s host family. Host families are often curious about where our students come from and their families in the U.S. As such, we recommend a simple gift that describes, represents or depicts your home. Well-received gifts in the past have included calendars or picture/coffee table books from your city or state, a framed picture of your family, paraphernalia from a local sports team, toys, soccer balls, school supplies, or something produced or grown in your hometown, like chocolate, local candy, t-shirts, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is not to worry about this…  Anything, no matter its value, will be well received!

      Tuition Details

      Program tuition includes: All accommodations, 3 meals per day, drinking water, ground transportation, group activity and entry fees, full-time leadership team,  taxes, tips and estimated airfare*.

      Program tuition excludes: Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

      *Estimated Airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

      Insurance:  If you are traveling on a program that is completed before September 1, 2018 your basic travel insurance is included. If you are traveling on a program that departs after September 1, 2018 you must purchase travel insurance if you want to have any supplemental coverage beyond what your family’s package may provide. This change is due to new federal regulations.

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