2024 Washington Latin France Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Washington Latin France Program!  To learn more,  you have two webpages at your disposal. The Pre-Enrollment page shares exciting highlights and important info that you will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for France!! 
Travel Dates: March 20, 2024 - March 30, 2024
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,750 USD

What to Expect

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


We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

March 20USA - ParisThe group will departe the US and take an overnight flight to ParisAirplane
March 21USA - ParisToday the group will arrive in Paris where we will meet our program leader and head to our hotel. Once we've checked into our hotel, we will walk around our neighborhood and have dinner at a local restaurant. Tonight, we will have our orientation meeting where we will discuss details for the following days, before heading to bed for a well deserved night of rest.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 22ParisToday we will start our day with a visit to visit Musee d'Orsay. We will continue with a wonderful walking tour of Paris. First, we will explore the Latin Quarter; the Sorbonne; the Pantheon of illustrious men where Napoleon's mausoleum is located; the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens. We will walk along the Champs Elysees and finish up the day up at the Arc de Triomphe. We'll have dinner at a local restaurant in the area.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 23Paris - VersaillesAfter breakfast we will leave to Versailles Palace with our local guide. This one of the most visited French sites in Paris, for its architecture, its gardens and above all for its history. Symbol of the absolutist power of the French monarchs and especially of Louis XIV, the main architect of what is today the Palace and its Gardens. We will have a picnic lunch at Versalles before heading back to Paris. In the afternoon, we will head towards the “Champs de Mars”, where we can continue taking photos. If time allows, we can climb the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the panoramic view that it offers us. We will then head to the Palais du Tokyo, Paris' exciting contemporary art museum. We will have dinner in the area afterwards.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 24ParisWe will have a morning tour of one of the most important museums in the world: Louvre, Inaugurated in 1793, it has a collection of more than 300,000 pieces, among them the Mona Lisa, the Virgin of the Rocks and the famous sculpture of the “Venus de Milo” along with the “Victory of Samothrace” stand out. In the afternoon we will visit one of the most emblematic places in Paris, Montmartre, also known as the "painters' quarter", its small, steep streets constitute a network that includes from the oldest cabarets to the surroundings of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. We can visit the most emblematic corners of the neighborhood, such as the Bateau Lavoir, or the Cafe au deux Molins famous for the movie Amelie, the Place du Tertre or the Je t'aime wall.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 25Paris - MetzToday, we will have an early departure by train to Metz to visit our sister school, Lycée Georges de La Tour. Once in Metz, we will be guided by the local students to the high school facilities where we will be welcomed by the highs school staff and students. During the morning, participants will tour the high school, attend clases and have lunch at the cafeteria to get the full experience and interact with other students. In the afternoon, the group will visit the Centre Pompidou, a museum of modern and contemporary art. If time allows, students may visit the Muse mall nearby before heading to their homestays where they will spend the night. Today will be a great opportunity for students practice some french and bond with a their french host family. Homestay
March 26Metz - ParisAfter breakfast with our host families, participants will attend a couple more clases before heading out for a walking tour of Metz. After lunch, participants will get ready to head back to Paris and say goodbye to our host families. In the evening, we will take the train back to Paris. Once in Paris, we'll hop onto a Bateau Mouche cruise and enjoy a tour down the Seine river, seeing the capital’s iconic monuments before heading back to our hotels to leave the city the following morning.Hotel Aida Opera
March 27Paris - CaenIn the morning we'll depart by bus towards Caen, Normandy, arriving at the Atlantic coast by early afternoon. Once on the beach, students would have the chance to bike or stroll along along the D-Day beaches, stopping at the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and Utah Beach to learn about the events that led to the Allied victory in World War II. We'll have a picnic along the way. In the evening, we’ll head to the medieval city of Bayeux. We’ll have dinner and check into our lodging in Caen or Bayeux.Grand Hotel du Luxembourg
March 28Caen - St. Malo After breakfast, we will take a look at the famous Bayeux Tapestry from the 11th century, which depicts William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Then we’ll hit the road, traveling southwest toward St. Malo. We’ll take a guided tour of the Mont St. Michel, an enchanting island monastery. In evening, we’ll take a guided sunset hike on the bay. Then we will leave to St. Malo, where we will find our hotel.Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral
March 29St. Malo - ParisToday we will visit a dairy farm or marine farm and learn about the importance of those industries in northwest France. Then, and will have free time to have lunch and check out the inner city and explore the oceanfront. In the evening we’ll head back to Paris by bus and check into the hotel before enjoying final celebratory dinner ahead of our flight home the next morning.Citadines Montmartre Paris
March 30Paris - USAToday we head to the airport for our flight back home. Bon voyage!Your own bed, eventually!


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In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to availability. 
Citadines Montmartre Paris

The Citadines Montmartre Paris is located in a residential area in Paris near Place de Clichy at the foot of the Butte Montmartre. It offer furnished studios and rooms, just a 10-minute metro ride from the Champs Elysées. Its apartments are equipped with private bathrooms area and some of them have balconies. Citadines Montmartre Paris has a rooftop terrace that provides a view of the city. Citadines Montmartre Paris is just 200 metres from the Moulin Rouge and 1 km from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. The property is a 15-minute metro ride from the Gare du Nord and Saint Lazare Station.

Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg

Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg is ideally located in the centre of Bayeux, near the Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry, and few kilometers away from the D-Day’s beaches. Rooms at the Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg are comfortable and well-equipped with modern amenities. This 17th-century mansion has been converted into a charming hotel with an outdoor heated pool which are accessible all year round.

Hotel Aida Opera

Located in the 9th district of Paris, Hotel Aida Opera offers air-conditioned guest rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, a desk and an empty minibar. Each room also includes a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and a bathtub or a shower. A buffet breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room. Guests will find in the lobby a afternoon snack service with tea, coffee and milk. Several shops, restaurants and bars can be found within a walking distance from the hotel.

Mercure Saint Malo Balmoral

Located in Saint-Malo, this hotel features contemporary guest rooms with a flat-screen TV. It is set opposite Saint-Malo Train Station and is less than a mile from the beach. All air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a work desk and free Wi-Fi access. Some private bathrooms at this Mercure feature an Italian shower. A buffet breakfast is served every morning, and can be taken on the terrace during summer.

Group Flight

Type Carrier Name Carrier Code Flight Number Departure Airport & City Departure Date and Time  Arrival Airport & City Arrival Date and Time 
March 20, 2024 at 5:40PM
March 21, 2024 at 10:30AM
March 21, 2024 at 2:39PM
March 21, 2024 at 4:20PM
March 30, 2024 at 8:05AM
March 30, 2024 at 12:45PM
March 30, 2024 at 3:55PM
March 30, 2024 at 8:15PM

Once your flight schedule 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.

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

Packing List

What follows is a sample packing list but you know yourself better than we do so please adjust accordingly. 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 daily outings, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

“Less is more” is a packing tip we encourage for all our travelers. The list below should cover everything you would need, but 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.

Finally, we recommend consulting a weather forecast for your destination. 

Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT!

CLOTHES (quantities depend on your trip length) :

  • Underwear
  • Socks (a mixture of good active socks and casual socks)
  • T-shirts (some quick dry)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm coat
  • Travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light
  • Comfortable, everyday pants
  • Nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer for such occasions)
  • Durable athletic/walking shoes
  • Sandals (optional)
  • Hat


  • Sunscreen (you will use a lot)
  • Band Aids and Neosporin
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medication in properly marked original container


  • 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
  • Deck of cards or other portable games
  • French/English Dictionary

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 staff in all destinations and 24/7 support from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Below you’ll find the the team members involved in the preparation, planning and execution 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.

Harriet Docena
Harriet Docena
France Country Director

Harriet caught the travel bug early in her life. Born in the Philippines, with 7,107 islands, both of her parents are avid travelers. Most of their weekends and holidays were spent roadtripping and traveling to new places. After finishing her degree in Fashion design and merchandising, she realized that the fashion world was not for her. That’s why in 2006, she left her job and worked as a photographer on cruise ships. For years, she traveled the world to places such as the Caribbean, Alaska, South America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, and Asia. After working and traveling nonstop, she decided to choose a place where she can stay put and have a “normal life”.  In 2010 she was lucky to be awarded a “skills and talents” visa in France and chose Paris to be her new home. Harriet is also an avid surfer which brought her to different surf spots and exotic locations around the world. As of this moment, she has visited 80+ countries and around 500+ cities. She doesn’t think she will ever stop traveling. Nowadays, you can find Harriet traveling around Europe, obsessed with her chihuahua and surfing when the European waters are not that cold.

Marina Matiukhina
Marina Matiukhina
Program Leader

Marina, born in St-Petersburg, Russia with a master’s degree in event organizing from the Arts University, embodies the spirit of adventure. Since her first trip abroad at 15, she has explored over 40 countries on various continents, thriving on meeting locals and immersing herself in diverse cultures. Having spent 4 years in the USA, she forged connections in different states and now calls Bordeaux home. In France, a captivating country she adores for its mix of culture and traditions, old history, and beautiful variety of nature, Marina is ready to uncover and share hidden gems with students. As a trilingual travel enthusiast, she invites future students and teachers to experience the world through her adventurous lens.

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.

Group Roster

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

  • 1 Akilah Jones
  • 2 Basil Mann
  • 3 Bennet Fisher
  • 4 Bethel Gebreyesus
  • 5 Brian Guzman
  • 6 Brian Hotchkiss
  • 7 Brooke Roberson
  • 8 Carl Hultgren
  • 9 Caroline Ball
  • 10 Carys Nelson
  • 11 Eleanor Laville
  • 12 Ella Hankins
  • 13 Emily Raskin
  • 14 Hannah Raskin
  • 15 Jada Briscoe
  • 16 Kennedy Little
  • 17 Lily Williams
  • 18 Maximillian Aaron
  • 19 Michael Tichy
  • 20 Orly Raskin
  • 21 Orren Gallas
  • 22 Philip Douglas
  • 23 Raigan Watson
  • 24 Samundra Pandey
  • 25 Shreya Kelly
  • 26 Summer Romney
  • 27 Tiffany Austin
27 Travelers

Blog and Communication

During travel we work hard to keep families updated as frequently as possible with blog posts and photos, giving you peace of mind that your traveler is safe and thriving on their program.  Students regularly contribute to these posts, providing families bak home a great way to vicariously track the progress of the trip. You will be notified when the first update is posted, after which we recommend checking in regularly via the black “Program Blog” button at the top of this webpage.

Assuming your school allows the use of cell phones, most destinations are wired enough to allow participants access WiFi at different moments in the program, allowing them to communicate directly with home. 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 vital that travelers are prepared to be on their best behavior and bring enthusiasm and interest to each and every day. A communal atmosphere of trust and mutual respect is the foundational.  As such, all individuals participating on a Walking Tree program are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of personal conduct.


  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs.
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of 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 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 France 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.


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 travelers and 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.