2017 Karolis 15 Day Germany Program

2017 Karolis 15 Day Germany Program

Program Highlights

2017 Karolis 15 Day Germany Program

Dates: May 28 - June 11   |   Tuition: $3,399 Learn More

On this program...

  • Bike tour of street art in contemporary Berlin
  • Sample all artistic styles at Museum Island
  • Visit Bauhaus, one of Germany's most influential architectural schools
  • Attend a concert and performance
  • Guided street art and graffiti tour in Kreuzberg

Group Organizer/s: 

Karolis Zukauskas, zukauskas.k@gmail.com, 708-822-2616

WTT Contact: 

Alla Rubinstein, alla@walkingtree.org, 646-378-9435

Deadlines: Feb 15, 2017

Travel Enrollment

Travel Payment

Dear Travelers – Welcome to the homepage for the 2017 Illinois Germany 15 Day Program! We are so excited to offer you a complete journey through art in Berlin. Participants interested in registering for the course should speak to their advisor. 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. You will need to register for the travel portion and the tuition separately. Click on each of the buttons below to fully complete your payment and registration. 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 Germany!

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Program Itinerary

 Day LocationActivityLodging
Day 1SundayUSA - BerlinParticipants arrive throughout the day and check into their dorms. A short orientation meeting will be held today outlining the course syllabus, expectations, safety, etc. Berlin Hostel
Day 2MondayBerlin Today, we will have our first group meeting for a few hours. After lunch, we will do a walking tour of the area to get our bearings. This will be a great chance for participants to practice their photography. We will start our tour in the Mitte neighborhood and make sure to stop at Checkpoint Charlie, the best known crossing between East and West Germany during the Cold War. This evening we will attend a concert by a local group (exact concert TBD).Berlin Hostel
Day 3TuesdayBerlinAfter breakfast we will head to Berlin's Museum Island, which is where the majority of Berlin's museums are concentrated. Depending on what the group wants, we can break into small groups to visit certain museums based on group interest. The rest of the afternoon will be free time for students to work on individual projects.Berlin Hostel
Day 4WednesdayBerlinStructured class time in the morning followed by a guided urban bike tour of contemporary Berlin. During the tour, participants will stop at many lesser known locations that are important in the contemporary fabric of Berlin. Topics include creative spaces, multiculturalism and urban renewal. Free time in the evening for students to work on individual projects.Berlin Hostel
Day 5ThursdayBerlinToday participants will head to the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. "KW Institute for Contemporary Art is a place for the production and presentation of contemporary art, where the pressing questions of our time can be openly formulated and discussed." We will arrange a tour with a local resident from the institute to get a more in depth background of the contemporary art scene in Berlin. Free time in the evening.Berlin Hostel
Day 6FridayBerlinStructured time in the morning. After, participants will visit the Bauhaus Archives – Museum of Design. Bauhaus is one of the most influential architectural schools in Germany, and their archives allow visitors to view unique furniture, ceramics, sculptures and architectural models. Free time this evening. Berlin Hostel
Day 7SaturdayBerlinToday is a free day for participants to explore on their own.Berlin Hostel
Day 8SundayBerlinToday is a free day for participants to explore on their own.Berlin Hostel
Day 9 MondayBerlinStructured class time in the morning. This evening the group will attend a theatre production (exact show yet to be determined). Berlin Hostel
Day 10TuesdayBerlinToday the group will make their way to the National Gallery where participants can view art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This evening, we will head to a concert (exact show yet to be determined) go gain some more insight into the local music scene. Free time in the evening.Berlin Hostel
Day 11WednesdayBerlinStructured time in the morning. We will spend the afternoon hanging out in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighborhoods, which are home to many up and coming galleries and unique shops. We'll check out the East Side Gallery, which showcases graffitti and artwork on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Free time this evening. Berlin Hostel
Day 12ThursdayBerlinToday is a free day for participants to devote to their individual investigations. Berlin Hostel
Day 13FridayBerlinStructured class time in the morning. This afternoon we will take a guided street art and graffitti tour of Kreuzberg where students will be lead by renowned street artists to discover some of Berlin's hidden artwork. Free time this evening. Berlin Hostel
Day 14SaturdayBerlinToday is our last day in Berlin and is a free day to explore on their own. At the end of the day, we will all meet for a final farewell dinner before we head back to the USA. Berlin Hostel
Day 15SundayBerlinParticipants depart for the USA throughout the day.Your 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.


Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are clean, safe, centrally located, and provide modern amenities. 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.

Tuition & Fundraising

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

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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.


  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.


  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

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 Germany.

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

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. WTT 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.

Vaccination information and requirements can change frequently. Because of this, and for more information, we suggest that you consult your local travel clinic and/or family physician for specific details.

Travel Insurance

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:


$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


The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

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


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.

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Travel Day Details

Group Flight Information

Program participants will meet the group organizer at the below airline check-in counter three hours before the departure flight. If you have trouble locating the group, please notify your group organizer or contact WTT.




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.

WTT 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.

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

Karolis Zukauskas (Mr. Z) has been a full-time English faculty member since 2003. He has degrees from the University of Illinois and Columbia University and has worked in New York, Austria, Lithuania, Cuba and Canada. Mr. Z is very interested in philosophy, religion, art, literature, Zen meditation and yoga. He’s also a photographer and writer, writing under the pen name Gint Aras. Among his publications is the cult novel, Finding the Moon in Sugar, which is partially set in Berwyn and Cicero. Check out his website, Liquid Ink.

Group Roster

Please check to make sure that your name appears below and is spelled correctly. For questions or edits, please email lacey@walkingtree.org.


Community & Project Details

Not applicable. 



Communication & Blog

Your group will have access to your own blog where you can share photos, record your experience and share your insights with friends and family back home.

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.

Germany Packing List


6 pairs of underwear
6 pairs of socks (a mixture of good hiking socks and casual socks)
4 t-shirts
2 long sleeve shirts
1 sweater
1 warmer jacket
1 rain jacket
2-3 pairs of travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light
2 pairs of comfortable/hiking/everyday pants (NOT all jeans)
1 nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer for such occasions)
1 pair of durable athletic/hiking shoes
1 pair of sandals (optional)
1 hat


Band Aids and Neosporin
Hand Sanitizer
Medication in properly marked original container


Journal and pen
Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
Power Converter
Alarm Clock and watch
Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $50-$150, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
Durable water bottle
1 quick-dry towel
Deck of cards or other portable games
Host family gift
German/English Dictionary

Tuition Details

Tuition Includes:
Lodging, transfer from TXL to hotel, all activities listed in the above itinerary, public transportation within Berlin, daily breakfasts and farewell dinner, tips, travel insurance, presence of a Walking Tree program leader.
Tuition Excludes:
Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.
We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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