Germany 10 Day Science and Nature Program

Germany 10 Day Science and Nature Program

Program Highlights

Germany 10 Day Science and Nature Program

Dates: TBD   |   Tuition: TBD Learn More

On this program...

  • Enter the Berlin underground through its tunnels, bunkers, and secret passageways.
  • Experience the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Spree Forest by boat or kayak. Explore 300 interactive exhibits at the Universum Bremen Science Center.

Group Organizer/s: 

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WTT Contact: 

Luke Mueller, luke@walkingtree.org

Deadlines: TBD

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SAMPLE PROGRAM PAGE: This is an example of what your private program webpage and itinerary might look like, should you decide to organize a program with us. Please begin by reviewing the suggested itinerary listed under the Pre-Enrollment tab, and then feel free to read through other sections to get a sense of the in-depth information and support we provide for all programs.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - BerlinFlight to Berlin. Rest up for our upcoming adventure!
2BerlinToday we'll arrive in Berlin, get settled in our hotel, and enjoy a short stroll along the Unter den Linden boulevard to see the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the historical center before dinner. We will make sure to have an early evening after the long flight.Berlin Hostel
3BerlinThe best way to explore a new city is by bicycle and we will start our first full day in Berlin with a bike tour including Tempelhofer Feld (an airport-turned-park), the government district, and remnants of the Berlin Wall that once divided the city for over 25 years. In the evening we will return to the Reichstag (Parliament) for a spectacular roof-top sunset and panoramic view over Berlin.Berlin Hostel
4BerlinWe will start our day with a visit to Science City Berlin Adlershof - a technology park and center for clean energy on the historical site of Germany's first airfeld. In the evening we will explore Berlin from underground through tunnels, bunkers, and secret passageways with a Berliner Unterwelten tour.Berlin Hostel
5SpreewaldToday we will escape to the oasis of the Spreewald (Spree Forest) UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here we will learn about this incredible ecosystem and its inhabitants at the exhibits of the House for Haus fuer Mensch und Natur (House for Human and Nature) and with a boat or kayak adventure. We will have an early night in Berlin in preparation for our trip to Bremen in the morning.Berlin Hostel
6Berlin to BremenAfter a three-hour train journey we will arrive in Bremen, a northern German town made famous in the Grimm fairytale, Bremen Town Musicians . We will tour the historic town center including the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Town Hall, and the Schnoor, an area of narrow lanes and medieval houses. In the evening we will enjoy a typical German meal and some free time.Bremen Hostel
7BremenFor our full day in Bremen we will begin with a trip to Botanika Bremen, a green science center that combines interactive displays and greenhouses, so we can learn how biology and the environment are interconnected. Later we will visit the Universum Bremen Science Center where we can explore over 300 interactive exhibits, including an outdoor discovery area. Alternately, we can visit the Olbers Planetarium.Bremen Hostel
8Bremen to BremerhavenAfter a quick train trip further north to Bremerhaven, we will have a guided scientific tour of the spectacular Klimahaus "Climate House." This unique science center which takes visitors on a journey through different climate zones along the eighth degree of longitude east of the Prime Meridian while raising awareness of the environmental challenges facing these different zones. We will then enjoy views of the old and new harbors and the North Sea from the platform of the tallest building in Bremerhaven and have the choice of sampling some local North Sea fish for dinner.Bremerhaven Hostel
9Bremen to BerlinSay "Auf Wiedersehen" to Bremenhaven and travel by train back to Berlin. We will enjoy a boat tour along the Spree River and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Museum Island. Our farewell dinner will also give us a chance to share any impressions, writing or art we have completed during the program.Berlin Hostel
10Depart BerlinAfter breakfast we'll board a plane back across the Atlantic. Auf Wiedersehen!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.

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.
KonstanzJugendherberge Konstanz – http://konstanz.jugendherberge-bw.de/de-DE/Portraet
MunichHaus International – http://www.haus-international.de/de/
NurembergJugendherberge Nuernberg – http://nuernberg.jugendherberge.de
Feldberg (Black Forest): Naturfreundehaus Feldberg – http://www.naturfreundehaus-feldberg.de
BerlinThree Little Pigs Hostel – http://www.three-little-pigs.de
DresdenCityherberge – http://www.cityherberge.de
FreiburgJugendherberge Freiburg – http://freiburg.jugendherberge-bw.de/de-DE/Portraet
Frankfurt (Airport): Frankfurt Hostel – http://www.frankfurt-hostel.com
HalberstadtHalberstaedter Hof – http://www.halberstaedter-hof.de
BremenBremen Jugendherberge – http://bremen.jugendherberge.de/de-DE/Portraet
BremerhavenHavenhostel – http://www.havenhostel.de

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:

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

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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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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 Germany.

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

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

VACCINATIONS
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:

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

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

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 their experience, and prepare them 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.

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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

Travel Day Details

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.

DEPARTURE FROM USA
Airline:
Flight:
Date:
Departs:
Arrives:

RETURN TO USA
Airline:

Flight:
Date:
Departs:
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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.

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.

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. Please read below to see who will be part of the support team on your program. Below you’ll find a list of the Walking Tree staff involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

Group Roster

Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email lacey@walkingtree.org

Community & Project Details

COMMUNITY PROJECT DESCRIPTION

TBD

HOST COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION

TBD

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.

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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.

“Less is more” is a packing tip we encourage for all our travelers. The below list should cover
everything you would need, but we frequently hear that travelers feel “overpacked” if they follow all of our suggestions. Know yourself and what you are comfortable traveling with. We suggest bringing only as much as you would be able to carry on your own.
Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.
CLOTHES:
6-8 pairs of underwear
6-8 pairs of socks (a mixture of good hiking socks, casual socks, warm socks)
4-5 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
TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS…
Sunscreen
Band Aids and Neosporin
Hand Sanitizer
Medication in properly marked original container
MISCELLANEOUS:
Sunglasses
Journal and pen
Book
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
Flashlight/headlamp
Batteries
Deck of cards or other portable games
Host family gift
Student ID
German/English Dictionary

Tuition Details

Tuition Includes:

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

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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