2019 Franklin High School Colombia Program

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Franklin High School Colombia Program. Walking Tree is thrilled to be partnering with Benjamin Franklin High School! Please read through the details about your program below and peruse our Resource Center, which contains lots of helpful information about our organization, tuition, safety, insurance, and more. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Colombia!
Travel Dates: August 1, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Dates are Tentative
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 - or - $3,316 with discount if paid in full
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

Tuition Calculator

Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $3,490

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:

$3,315.50

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$537.13

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

Colombia

Long overlooked and too often underestimated, Colombia has made a triumphant return to the travel scene in the past few years thanks to a successful peace process that ended the country’s long running civil war. People should feel safe and be excited to finally be able to explore the beaches, mountains, jungles and cities that have always made Colombia a traveler’s paradise. We have been exploring the country for years now, building a network of contacts and providers for the day when we could return with student groups and we couldn’t be more excited that time has finally arrived!  Viva Colombia!

Service Adventures

Service Adventures

Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Stay in the idyllic mountain community of Jardin de Antioquia, in the heart of Colombia's coffee country

Explore the streets of Medellin, one of most famous cities in all of Latin America

Contribute to sustainable agriculture by working in the rural community

The Itinerary


We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

DateDayLocationDescriptionLodging
Day 1FridayPortland - MedellinWe'll likely have an evening arrival, after which we'll head straight our hotel for dinner and some rest after the long day of travel.Ram Hostel
Day 2SaturdayMedellinOur first full day in Colombia! After a breakfast of buñuelos, coffee and other delicious local treats we hop the modern metro and head into the center of Medellín. We'll take a short walking tour of the historical city center before checking out the Museo de Antioquia where many of Fernando Botero's paintings, sculptures and other works are housed. After a couple of hours in the museum we'll enjoy lunch of traditional bandeja paisas, a favorite in this particular department.

In the afternoon it we'll check out an awesome tour of graffiti street art through Comuna 13, formerly one of Medellin’s most dangerous barrios. These days Comuna 13 is an internationally renowned example of how innovative urban regeneration projects can be used to transform and revitalize communities. Our guide will be a member of the Casa Kolacho community center, responsible for 90% of the graffiti art in Comuna 13. As you climb the outdoor electric escalators they’ll explain the controversial history of the transformation of Comuna 13 and the importance that graffiti & hip hop play in the community.
Ram Hostel
Day 3SundayMedellinAfter breakfast we're back on the metro, this time headed to the extreme west of the city. Our destination is Parque Arvi, a lushly forested public park high above the city center. To get there we'll board an impressive gondola that not only serves to ferry tourists up the mountain and into the park but also provides people in the impoverished hillside communities an efficient mode of transportation down into the city. The group will spend the day hiking along the different trails, shopping in the market place run by local vendors that has sprung up at the park's center and enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch. Around mid-afternoon we'll head back down the mountain en route to our hostel in Poblado.Ram Hostel
Day 4MondayMedellin - Jardin de AntioquiaThe small town of Jardin is one of the most beautiful pueblos in all of Colombia and has remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. Located approximately 4 hours to the south of Medellin if traveling by car, it sits in the southernmost stretches of the department of Antioquia. The pueblo is famous in Colombia for its preserved and colonial appearance as well as its striking mountain views and lush green, garden filled landscapes.

We will arrive in Jardin this afternoon and begin our homestays after a short community orientation. The days spent in our homestay community represent the heart and soul of the program as students will be volunteering on a selection of meaningful service projects during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with their host families and fellow travelers, practice their language skills, play soccer, make friends with local youth, attend community gatherings and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a fiesta de despedida, or going away party, to celebrate the time with our new friends and family and say goodbye to the community that has become our home.
Homestays
Day 5TuesdayJardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
Day 6WednesdayJardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
Day 7ThursdayJardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
Day 8FridayJardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
Day 9SaturdayJardin de Antioquia - MedellinThis morning we will say our sad goodbyes to our new friends, then begin the journey back to Medellin. Back in the "big city" we'll drop our bags and have an afternoon to shop for souvenirs and reflect on the amazing journey. We will have our group going away dinner and get rest for the return flight the following morning.Ram Hostel
Day 10SundayMedellin - PortlandFly homeYour own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


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

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. 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.
Homestay

Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.

Hostal Casa RAM

Casa Ram welcomes guests with Double Room, Junior Suite, Private Double Room and 14-bed mixed Dorm. The provision of high-speed internet, television, a patio, a mini-refrigerator and a seating area in the rooms makes Casa Ram comfortable for every guest. Rooms are furnished with double beds and sofa beds. Shared bathrooms come with showers and bidets. Bathroom facilities feature guest toiletries and bath sheets.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.

Carolyn
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!

FUNDRAISING CENTER              REFERRAL BONUS

WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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