2024 Colorado Academy Middle School Quebec Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Colorado Academy Middle School Quebec Program!  To learn the basics about this once in a lifetime opportunity, you'll begin by using the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll move to the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for all that Quebec & Montreal have to offer!! 
Travel Dates: May 4, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $1,975 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $898

What to Expect

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

Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
May 4Denver - Québec CityThe group will arrive from the USA to Québec City. You'll be met at the airport by our program leader and a bus which will transport you back to the hotel. The group will later on have dinner in a nearby restaurant in which we will also hold an orientation meeting. After dinner we will head back to the hotel for a good night's rest.Hotel Champlain
May 5Québec CityIn the morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and then take a guided walking tour around Old Québec. We will have lunch in the city and then visit the Museum of Civilization, where we will see exhibitions on Quebec's history. In the afternoon we will have some free time to explore the Place des Canotiers, a a beautiful park with ground-level fountains and a great view of the St. Lawrence River, Chateau Frontenac, and stone fortifications. We will then walk towards the hotel while also visiting on the way historical places such as the Mural of the Quebecois and Place Royale. We will have dinner and then return to the hotel to rest.Hotel Champlain
May 6Québec CityAfter breakfast, we will take a road trip to visit Montmorency Falls, a large waterfall on the Montmorency River. It's one of the province's most spectacular sites, standing at 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. We will then have lunch and also visit The Great Market of Quebec, located in the heart of the city and is a must-see destination for those looking to try the local cuisine. In the evening we will head to Érico, a Traditional chocolate shop and small chocolate museum. Watch the chocolate makers at work and discover the history of chocolate. After dinner we will return to the hotel.Hotel Champlain
May 7Québec CityAfter breakfast at the hotel we'll walk to our first day of French classes at a nearby french school. The class will be exclusive to our students and run from 9-12. In the afternoon, we will tour the The Parliament Building of Quebec, home of the National Assembly, here you will be introduced to the history and inner workings of the province's government. We'll then visit the Citadel of Quebec in the evening, which is is the oldest military building in Canada and is part of the original fortifications of Québec City. Later on we'll have some free time to Explore Chateau Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace.Hotel Champlain
May 8Québec CityWe'll have French class again this morning. After classes, we will visit the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, which also boasts an amazing view on the St. Lawrence River. In the afternoon we will explore Rue du Tresor, a picturesque cobblestone street lined with local artists who create and sell landscapes, portraits, caricatures and more - It’s like an open-air gallery where you can practice speaking French – and buy a unique souvenir. At night we'll take a ghost tour of old Quebec where the cobblestone streets and ancient buildings set the stage for a truly unique experience. We'll also check out Petit-Champlain, a picture perfect neighborhood resembling a quaint riverside village, and some of the oldest houses in the province of Quebec and Marché du Vieux-Port. We will head back to our last night at Hotel Champlain.Hotel Champlain
May 9Québec City - MontrealThe group will head to their final day of french classes. Then we're off to Montreal! Along the way we'll stop at a famous sugar shack, Cabane du Pic Bois, to learn about the delicious process of producing maple syrup. We'll be sure to try our fair share of André's sweet products before heading onward to Montreal. Upon arrival we'll check into our hotel and have dinner. Hotel 2170 Ave Lincoln
May 10MontrealToday in the morning we will do a walking tour of Montreal and after lunch we will have time to explore chinatown and the Bonsecours Market, home to artisan boutiques and galleries. In the afternoon, we'll hop on bikes and zip around the charming city streets going by The Old Port of Montreal and the Lachine Canal. We will have a celebratory dinner and then take the metro back to the hotel, to enjoy our last night.Hotel 2170 Ave Lincoln
May 11Montreal - DenverThe group leaves Montreal for the U.S. Your own bed, eventually!

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Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Champlain

Located within the walls of Old Quebec, this exceptional boutique hotel provides features an unrivaled location only steps from the area’s best restaurants, shopping centers and historical sites. This accommodation offers comfortable rooms equipped with a private bathroom and AC. Bathrooms are fully equipped and there is Wi-Fi available throughout the property.  Hotel Champlain offers a delicious breakfast and free cappuccinos and espresso, available 24-hours a day. 

Hotel 2170 Ave Lincoln

Located in downtown Montreal, Hotel 2170 Ave Lincoln is strategically located next to some of the city’s most important attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Mount Royal Park and McGill University. There is high speed Wifi available throughout the entire property, air conditioning, kitchenettes in each room and meeting spaces.

Group Flight

Type Carrier Name Carrier Code Flight Number Departure Airport & City Departure Date and Time  Arrival Airport & City Arrival Date and Time 
Outbound
Air Canada
AC
1038
DEN – Denver International Airport, Denver, United States
May 04, 2024 at 07:45 AM
YYZ – Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada
May 04, 2024 at 12:58 PM
Outbound
Air Canada
AC
1954
YYZ – Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada
May 04, 2024 at 03:30 PM
YQB – Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Quebec, Canada
May 04, 2024 at 04:59 PM
Inbound
Air Canada
AC
1073
YUL – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Montreal, Canada
May 11, 2024 at 08:10 AM
DEN – Denver International Airport, Denver, United States
May 11, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Once your flight has been confirmed, the itinerary will appear here.

Walking Tree will secure a seat on the group flight for each participant unless otherwise instructed.

Travelers are responsible for checked baggage fees. Please visit the airline’s baggage webpage to learn if you should expect to pay anything.

We will provide a group manifest – complete with reservation codes and ticket numbers – to the Group Organizer/s before departure, and travelers will need to check in at the airport in order to receive their boarding pass and have documents verified. We recommend arriving no later than three hours prior to the scheduled departure, but contact your Group Organizer for specific details on exactly where and when to meet on the day of departure.

FLIGHT INTERRUPTION, DELAY OR CANCELLATION 
Air travel can be unpredictable.  Regardless of proper planning, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to staffing shortages, weather, mechanical problems, etc.  Please note that in such an event, Walking Tree Travel (WTT) is not financially responsible for unanticipated costs incurred by travelers en route.  Our programs officially begin and end in the destination country, and because our staff doesn’t fly with the group, Group Organizers (the traveling faculty member/s) become the front-line advocate for the group in the event of a delay. In most cases of cancellations or delays, the airline will be the one who re-books travel or possibly arranges a hotel and food the night.  Our primary role will be to  keep families updated and provide support to the Group Organizer to reach a  quick and effective resolution.

Host Community and Project Details

Quebec City is the ideal location to truly immerse yourself in French Canadian culture. We have partnered with a local language school to provide the perfect host family experience to maximize your language learning while in Quebec City. Students will live with families which are located close to the language school near downtown. You will find that homes in Quebec City are very similar to homes in the United States. Some homes may be hundreds of years old and date back to the colonial past of Quebec, while others may be homes built within the past few decades. Quebec City is full of history and provides the perfect setting to transport yourself back in time to the early colonial days.

Packing List

Below is a sample packing list that is provided as a guideline. If something is required it will be specified, otherwise feel free to adjust as necessary. We recommend you bring one larger piece of luggage like a backpack, duffle or suitcase alongside a smaller backpack that you can use on the flights and hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

“Less is more” is a packing tip we encourage for all travelers. We suggest bringing only as much as you are able to carry on your own.

Finally, a few days before departure, it’s a good idea to consult a weather forecast for your destination. If you have questions about what to bring or how to bring it, just ask!  

CLOTHES
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • T-shirts,
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirt/sweaters
  • Pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Sturdy shoes (appropriate for lots of walking)
  • Sports sandals ie Chacos/Tevas etc. (optional)
  • Hat/s
TOILETRIES
  • Your basics
  • Sunscreen
  • Face masks
  • Band Aids and Neosporin, basic first aid kid
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medication in properly marked original container
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Sense of adventure!
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Sunglasses
  • Journal and pen
  • Book/s
  • Camera
  • Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $100-$200, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
  • Durable water bottle
  • Deck of cards or other portable games

Support Team

At a minimum, one experienced Program Leader will travel on every trip. 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. Below you’ll find a list of the team members involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

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.

Jean Luc Gromat
Jean Luc Gromat
Program Leader


Originally from the West Indies, Jean Luc grew up in a suburb of Paris. As an inquisitive adolescent, he decided to move to Berlin, Germany, after earning his tourism degree in Paris. He is fluent in German, Spanish and English. Furthermore, he is a qualified travel consultant and sales agent and has worked around the world in different areas in tourism. During his last professional experience, he had the opportunity to work with rural tourism and volunteering in Costa Rica. Jean Luc loves to travel and make new acquaintances, he is also a passionate musician in his spare time.

Cathy Harding
Cathy Harding
Canada Country Director


Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario – Bachelor of Arts, French Major                                                                             

Cathy grew up in Southern Ontario and now lives in Guelph, a small city about an hour’s drive from Toronto. She caught the travel bug early on, during summer vacations that involved crisscrossing the continent with her parents, grandparents, and five siblings, all loaded into the family station wagon.

At age 11, Cathy was selected to represent Canada at the Children’s International Summer Village in Washington, D.C. While living in a Friends school dormitory, she played games and sports, sampled new foods, and learned how to make small talk in various languages with fellow participants from all over the world. This experience left a lasting impression on Cathy, and it shaped her education and career pathways.

After studying French and German at university, Cathy spent an exciting 10 years as a researcher at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She happily stayed home to raise her two sons, who are now enjoying their careers in Toronto and Vancouver, before returning to university to become a teacher. Cathy is a Special Education teacher, and she has taught English as a Second Language to school kids, teenagers, university students, and senior citizens. As a homestay coordinator, she brought young people who come to Canada for high school or volunteering together with Guelph families and welcomed them into her life.

Always curious and eager to learn, Cathy has traveled across Canada (although the far north is still on her bucket list), and visited many of the American states, Aruba, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, France, Jamaica, Portugal, and Spain. Wherever she goes, she brings a smile. For Cathy, there are no strangers – only friends she hasn’t yet met.

Group Roster

Below is a list of the travelers enrolled on the program.

  • 1 Alexis Rodriguez
  • 2 Ava Sorensen
  • 3 Avery Koch
  • 4 Benjamin Cushman
  • 5 Caroline Lauchli
  • 6 Charlotte Emerson
  • 7 Cooper Jack Marshall
  • 8 Devon Sisneros
  • 9 Hailey Hudson
  • 10 Jennifer Wilczewski
  • 11 Mike Kim
  • 12 Nabiha Tujammul
  • 13 Remy Emerson
  • 14 Sebastian Sullivan
  • 15 Sophia Prall
  • 16 Sydney Fox
  • 17 Victoria Rodriguez Stuve
  • 18 Wyatt Strasburg
  • 19 Zowie Abukar
19 Travelers

Blog and Communication

During travel we will 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, after which we recommend you check in regularly via the black “Program Blog” button at the top of this page.

Beyond this proactive approach to communication during the trip, most destinations are wired enough to allow participants semi-regular access to WiFi so you can also expect to communicate with your traveler directly. Ask your Walking Tree representative about the degree of connectivity on your program.

 

GLC Curriculum

Walking Tree has developed a curriculum of activities meant to help travelers get the most out of their trip before departure, during travel and after they return home. These simple and engaging activities 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

In order to run a safe and successful program, 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.

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.
  4. 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 physical or emotional harm, or brandishing a weapon.
  4. Possessing, consuming, or distributing tobacco or nicotine, including vape pens.
  5. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle.
  6. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew.
  7. Breaking group rules.

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

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 on program, experience teaches that travel is never without risk. For this reason, we recommend that all travelers consider a travel insurance policy with  two additional provisions: Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) and Bed Rest. Detailed explanations of both provisions can be found on the link below.

To provide families with a quality option, Walking Tree has partnered with Travel Insured International, one of the most respected providers in the industry.  Begin by getting a quote here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to secure coverage with CFAR included, you must purchase the plan within 21 days of your deposit/first payment. You must also insure 100% of your trip cost, so program tuition + flight.

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