2019 Colorado Academy Middle School Quebec Program

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Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Colorado Academy Middle School Quebec Program! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info which participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Canada!
Travel Dates: May 11, 2019 - May 18, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,100 USD
Deadline(s): Travelers should enroll by November 1st

What to Expect

Please read through all of the information below. More details will be added as your departure draws closer.

Itinerary

We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DateLocationActivityLodging
May 11Denver - Quebec CityTravel from Denver to Quebec City, settle at local hotelConcorde Hotel
May 12Quebec CityWe will begin our morning with a traditional breakfast before walking to the center of Quebec City's famous old town. We will enjoy a guided tour as we stroll the cobble stone streets between towering classical French architecture. We will also begin to learn about the settlement of Quebec City and it's unique history. In the afternoon, we will do some shopping in the old town, have a homestay orientation and meet our host families. The evening will be spent with our host families.Homestays
May 13Quebec CityWe will begin our day with our host families as we eat breakfast with our kinds hosts and get ready for our first day of French classes. We will meet at our partner language school and be divided into groups based French level. After class we will go to Galeries de la capital to ice-skate with local youth then watch an IMAX movie in French. We will return to our family's houses for the evening.Homestays
May 14Quebec CityWe will have breakfast with our host families and return to our partner school for French classes. In the afternoon, we will visit the Musée de la Civilisation in the old town to formally learn the history of the province. We will continue to Marché du Vieux-Port, a beautiful market along the St. Lawrence River where we can buy local good and practice French. We will spend the evening with our homestay familiesHomestays
May 15Quebec CityAfter breakfast with our families, we will go to Village des Huron a cultural site honoring the history of the first people of the region. We will enjoy a hand on educational experience and a traditional lunch. We will continue on to the Chutes Montmorency, the iconic and thundering waterfalls just north of the city. Afterwards, we will return to our host families for our final night together.Homestays
May 16Quebec City, Mont TremblantThis morning we will say goodbye to a wonderful hosts and make the pretty drive to Mont Tremblant, the crown jewel of the Laurentian Mountains. This is our chance to experience the a Quebecois ski resort and have some adventure after our time in the city. Along the way, we will fuel up with a sugar shack menu, where we will sample maple butter and other local delicacies. Upon arrival to Mont Tremblant, we will unpack at our local hostel, then head out for dinner. After dinner, we will gather around a camp fire to eat smores and reflect on the homestay experience.Le Grand Lodge
May 17Mont TremblantWe will start the day with a private yoga class (in French!), then gear up for an exciting zip line adventure after lunch. Afterwards, we will return to the hostel to canoe and relax at a local pond, then have dinner.Le Grand Lodge
May 18Mont Tremblant, Quebec City & USAAfter an early breakfast we had back to Quebec City for our flight back to Denver which departs around 2:30PM. Your own bed, eventually!

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Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Le Concorde

This 3-star hotel is the ideal place for an urban getaway in Quebec City. Its imposing structure offers a beautiful view of the majestic fleuve Saint-Laurent, of Quebec City and of its numerous parks and green spaces. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Le Grand Lodge

This Scandinavian-style lodge located on the shores of Lac Ouimet is only five minutes from the Mont-Tremblant resort. The cozy furnishings and design of the hotel provides a beautiful setting for relaxation. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel to help everyone stay connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Group Flight

DEPARTURE FROM USA

Airline: Air Canada
Flight: AC1036
Date: May 11, 2019
Departs: Denver (DEN) – 8:30 AM
Arrives: Toronto (YYZ) – 1:34 PM

Airline: Air Canada
Flight: AC1796
Date: May 11, 2019
Departs: Toronto (YYZ) – 5:55 PM
Arrives: Quebec (YQB) – 7:31 PM

RETURN TO USA

Airline: Air Canada
Flight: AC1795
Date: May 18, 2019
Departs: Quebec (YQB) – 3:40 PM
Arrives: Toronto (YYZ) – 5:10 PM

Airline: Air Canada
Flight: AC1041
Date: May 18, 2019
Departs: Toronto (YYZ) – 6:55 PM
Arrives: Denver (DEN) – 8:28 PM

We will provide additional details on your Group’s Flight and travel day details here.

We 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 Group Organizer.

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 Walking Tree Travel (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 visit the airline’s baggage webpage to find out about baggage fees and options. It is also important to 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.

Host Community and Project Details

Host Family Distributions:
Famille Albisetti: Olivia and Madeleine
Famille Pelletier-Poulin: Fabi, Alex, Aron
Famille Edith Caron: Hadley, Cara, Heidi
Famille Kobinger: Abisai and Andrew
Famille Fabiola and Vincent: Violet and Ava

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:

Underwear
Socks
T-shirts, tank tops or work shirts
Long sleeve shirts
Sweatshirt/jacket
Shorts
Jeans/pants
Swimsuit
Rain jacket
Sturdy shoes (appropriate for lots of walking/athletic activity)
Sports sandals ie Chacos/Tevas etc. (optional)
Flip flops (optional)
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!

Support Team

At minimum, one experienced Program Leader will travel on every program. In addition to this full time leadership presence, Walking Tree has additional support staff in all destinations and 24/7 support from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado where we remain available to the group for additional help whenever necessary. Below you’ll find a list of the team members involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program. Meet your support team!

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.

Jesse Grindler
Jesse Grindler
Program Leader


ESNAM Theatre Institute, Charleville-Mézières, France – BA in Theatre/Puppetry

Born in Tokyo Japan and moving to Canada shortly thereafter, Jesse grew up on the rocky coast of British Columbia climbing trees and exploring the coast of that beautiful region. After high school he travelled by land for a year from Canada to Central America and back. He has hitchhiked across the Sahara Desert, walked across Spain, led arts workshops in the remote mountains of Colombia and studied puppetry at one of the top French theatre schools. He learned Spanish on the streets of Mexico and Colombia, and since settling in Montréal, he speaks both French and English in his day-to-day life. He has trained and worked as a theatre artist for the last decade and creates his own shows that perform in festivals and cabarets. He also works as a Nature Mentor in Montreal, teaching and practicing wilderness living skills with youth – he can make a fire with friction and knows some of the tastiest wild plants out there. Jesse sees travel as a way to transform lives and cultures towards a state of connection, integrity and creative possibility.

Luke Mueller
Luke Mueller
Co-Founder of Walking Tree Travel and Business Lead - Denver, CO


Emory University – B.A. Sociology and minor in Latin American History

During college, Luke spent a semester living and traveling in rural Mexico. His experience sparked a fascination with Latin America and a commitment to community service that continues to this day. Upon graduating from college, he joined WorldTeach and lived with a local family in a small village in Costa Rica while teaching elementary English. After this experience, he moved to San José, the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and wrote for The Tico Times newspaper. Luke has since traveled to over 60 countries on five different continents.  Now settled in Denver with his family, he continues to crave massive helpings of rice and beans.

Group Roster

See below for a list of travelers enrolled on the program.

  • 1 Abisai Olivas
  • 2 Alejandro Miramontes
  • 3 Aron Walker Jr
  • 4 Ava Geisler
  • 5 Cara Babbs
  • 6 Daniel Lopez
  • 7 Erin Carlson - Group Organizer
  • 8 Fabian Frenz
  • 9 George Koclanes
  • 10 Hadley Morris
  • 11 Heidi Schmid
  • 12 Jennifer Wilczewski - Group Organizer
  • 13 Madeleine Worrall
  • 14 Olivia Harris
  • 15 Violet Tetzeli
15 Travelers

Blog and Communication

We work hard to keep families updated as frequently as possible with blogs and photos, giving you peace of mind that your traveler is safe and thriving on their program.  Students regularly contribute to these posts, giving parents a great way to vicariously track the progress of the trip. You will receive an email notification when the first blog is posted, and can check back any time via the black “Program Blog” button at the top of this page or the link included in the email.

Beyond our proactive approach to communication during the trip, most destinations are wired enough to allow participants semi-regular access to WiFi. Ask your Walking Tree representative about the degree of connectivity on your program.

For any general inquiries during travel, please email your Walking Tree Representative (see top of page) or info@walkingtree.org. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the United States.

 

GLC Curriculum

We have developed a curriculum of activities designed to help each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple and engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame experiences, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on this trip and on future adventures.

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

Standards of Behavior

Walking Tree 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 us.

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.

Insurance

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 Premier travel insurance which would cover you in the event your student needs to withdraw before travel due to a covered reason or loses baggage in route or encounters an emergency while traveling, among other unforeseen circumstances. While most travelers have opted in for us to purchase basic travel insurance on their behalf during the enrollment process, this plan does not cover trip interruption or trip cancellation. 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.

-Recommended Travel Insurance-

Premier*
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. Non­ Insurance 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 800­-284­-8300 or 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233 or customerservice@allianzassistance.com.

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