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    coordinator They may know of grants that your school district or state offers For example teachers from New Jersey can have their GEEO trip fully funded through an NJEA Hipp Foundation grant Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses You can also try contacting your school s PTA or professional organizations that you belong to We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant www fundforteachers org These grants can be used on GEEO trips Please note in the past only teachers from pre selected districts would be elligible for this grant Now any teacher in the US can apply for this grant The IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants is a professional development program to support U S secondary level grades 6 12 teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad This grant provides 1000 and can be used towards your GEEO trip More information about this grant can be found by clicking here We also recommend you consider these three pieces of advice Begin early Most teachers make the mistake of waiting until a few months before the trip to begin fundraising Actually the best time to begin collecting donations is before the trip is fully planned The sooner fundraising begins the sooner teachers will meet their goals They are also less likely to fail due to lack of time and preparation Use unique opportunities Every teacher has a niche that he or she fills in the total education scheme of a community Take advantage of the opportunities afforded by a unique outlook on the community and experiences that no one else has Remember that any individual has a unique set of experiences and friends Tap into those resources when trying to find a source of funding Share information Most civic

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    and political systems corporate social responsibility environmental sustainability and culture Post tour requirements include the writing of a Germany themed unit and leading one professional development workshop TOP is a non profit public private partnership between the Federal Foreign Office of Germany the Goethe Institut Deutsche Bank Siemens and the Robert Bosch Stiftung TOP is operated at the Goethe Institut in Washington DC For information about TOP teaching materials and study tours please visit www goethe de top Institute of International Education IIE IIE an independent non profit organization founded in 1919 is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20 000 individuals each year Program participants are selected through a competitive merit based process For information about their Japan US Teacher exchange click here Travel costs for the teacher programs administered by IIE are paid for by the program sponsors if you are selected to participate Earthwatch Institute Earthwatch is a global nonprofit that sends volunteers all over the world to help on scientific field research projects They support over 100 projects from Climate Change at the Arctic s Edge to Madagascar s Lemurs all working to answer today s important environmental questions on climate change bio diversity and sustainability As part of their effort to educate people about the environment Earthwatch awards fellowships to K 12 educators from all over the US These grants allow teachers and other school staff to take part in 3 20 day research expeditions and bring the experience back to their schools For more information and applications visit http earthwatch org education teacher fellowships Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions Through the program exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field based experience The program takes educators in small groups of two or three on an all expenses paid voyage aboard the Lindblad Expeditions flagship National Geographic Explorer Expeditions range from 10 days 8 nights to 17 days 15 nights including travel time and pre post trip stays on shore For more information and applications visit http education nationalgeographic com education program grosvenor teacher fellow IREX TGC Program The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program TGC is a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States The goal of TGC is to provide teachers with the skills and experience to promote global education in their classrooms and schools TGC features an online course aimed at globalizing U S classrooms CEU credits available two Global Education Symposiums in Washington DC and international travel Current countries of travel include Ghana Morocco Kazakhstan Ukraine Brazil India and Indonesia Participants are selected through a national open competition TGC is a program of the

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    such tour will be made directly to G Adventures unless GEEO instructs you otherwise While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit travel can be unpredictable Our itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife or other attractions is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered Additionally any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to variation due to local or other circumstances Important Note Notwithstanding the guaranteed departure provision in the G Adventures Terms and Conditions GEEO programs need a minimum amount of people to depart On rare occasions in our sole discretion GEEO will cancel a program and refund participants if we have not reached our minimum number of participants 75 days prior to departure DO NOT book your flights until GEEO has confirmed we have reached the minimum number of participants needed to run this program GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for any expenses you incur for purchases made before confirmation 1 Booking In order to confirm your space in the program of your choice we require you to complete the GEEO booking form and pay a deposit of 250 00 USD per traveler Please read the Lifetime Deposit description below 2 Final Payment Remainder of payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure 3 Cancellation All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO and G Adventures in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to both jesse geeo org and groups gadventures com If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request please call us at 1 877 600 0105 Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure Deposit is kept on file for future use and all other program fee payments are refunded See Lifetime Deposit below Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure 50 refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use Cancellation within 30 days of departure No refund but your deposit is kept on file for future use 4 Photo Release You agree to irrevocably grant to GEEO together with GEEO s licensees successors and assigns the licensed parties the non exclusive absolute and unrestricted right and permission to record reproduce adapt edit copyright publish exhibit distribute perform and otherwise exploit by any and all uses and media now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity collectively use your appearance name likeness and voice collectively the likenesses including but not limited to likenesses captured by GEEO s agents employees volunteers or other participants in GEEO s tours collectively the GEEO parties in and in connection with the tour in which you participate including but not limited to marketing and fundraising materials and on GEEO s website

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    1st we are offering an 8 early booking discount exclusively for educators who have traveled with GEEO in the past Sale period is September 1st October 1st expires at midnight EDT on October 1st 2015 8 OFF on top of GEEO s regular already discounted prices Exclusive to past GEEO travelers Valid on all of our non private programs besides Morocco Winter Break Deposits must be received between September 1st October 1st 2015 Can be used in conjunction with Educator Referral Program See below Can be used in conjunction with Multi Trip Discount See below Sale not is valid for Peru Winter Break Program Multi Trip Discount The Multi Trip Discount is available to all participants regardless of whether they traveled with GEEO before or not Often flying overseas is the most expensive component of one of our programs We try to schedule our programs to allow participants to go on two or even three different programs in a row within the same region This way you get the most bang for your buck when flying overseas In order to make those programs more affordable for participants who wish to travel more with GEEO we have created the Multi Trip Discount If you book two or more GEEO programs with travel dates between July 30th 2015 and August 20th 2016 you will receive 10 off of the lesser value program up to 3 programs If these bookings were made during an early booking period you will receive the early booking discount on the most expensive of the programs you booked and then 10 off of each additional lesser value program Those additional lesser value programs would not receive the early booking bonus Here are the details Valid from July 30th 2015 and onward with no expiration date based on availability Book two or more GEEO programs with travel dates between July 30th 2015 and August 20th 2016 you will receive 10 off on the lesser value program up to 3 programs If you book three programs you will receive the 10 discounts on the 2 least expensive programs 250 deposit required per program You will lose this discount if you cancel one of the of the programs You may only use one discount per trip For example if you book two programs in the early booking period you will receive the early booking discount on the most expensive of the programs you booked and then 10 off of each additional lesser value program Those additional lesser value programs would not receive the early booking bonus Educator Referral Program This is a promotion that is only open to past GEEO travelers GEEO s goal is to make travel a standard part of professional development for educators We want our past participants to share their GEEO experiences with their colleagues in the hope that it will encourage their colleagues to travel as well If you have traveled with GEEO before 2016 and sign up for one of our programs in 2016 we

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    Time Madrid to Valencia by public bus 7 hours July 25 to July 26 Barcelona We take a morning bus to Barcelona Upon arrival your tour leader will take you out for an orientation walk to familiarize you with the city s layout Spend the rest of today and Day 14 at your leisure exploring the city s museums and cathedrals or feel free enjoy some of the best shopping in Europe In the evening we meet again and head out on a tapas and wine bar stroll a real must do in Barcelona Barcelona is Spain s second largest city but it is the capital when it comes to fashion architecture food and music Known worldwide for its dynamic atmosphere and exciting style Barcelona never disappoints There is plenty of history too visit the old Gothic Quarter with its maze of dark streets historic cathedral medieval buildings bars and cafes Stroll the Rambla a large tree lined pedestrian boulevard perfect for people watching and window shopping ending at the harbour front facing the Mediterranean Sea Make sure to view Gaudi s most famous life work the cathedral La Sagrada Familia an inspiring yet bizarre testament to the artist s unique vision Should you need some quiet time away from it all a visit to the city s imaginative Parque Guell will cure all ills as you stroll the tree lined paths and admire more of Gaudi s creative genius at play Find time to tour the beautiful Palau Musica built between 1905 and 1908 as a home for Catalan music it is full of light and of color For nightlife the highest concentration of beautiful young locals dancing both in the bars and on the street can be found near the intersection of Santaló and Mariano Cubi streets Here you can always find good music good drinks and lots of fun Another good nightlife spot for meeting the fashionable locals of Barcelona is on the Plaza Francesc Maciá Estimated Travel Time Valencia to Barcelona by public bus 4 hours July 27 Barcelona Depart at any time We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this beautiful city has to offer Want more adventure Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount GEEO will give you 10 off of the lesser value program s up to 3 programs Find out which programs pair well with this trip by clicking here If you don t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip but still would like to extend your time abroad let us know We will work with you to find a non teacher trip from our tour operator s much larger catalog Even better if you are an educator we can offer still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose Stuff You Need to Know Introduction All GEEO trips to Europe use public transportation This means you will need to have luggage you can easily carry with you up and down stairs and walk with comfortably for 10 30 minutes at a time We recommend that you pack really lightly and do laundry along the way Sometimes you can have the hotel do the laundry for you sometimes you bring it to a laundromat and other times the easiest option is washing clothes in your hotel sink Please take a look at our packing list for recommended backpacks designed for this type of travel This trip has a rapid pace and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting Please know in advance that you will see a lot but this isn t a relaxing vacation The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobble stone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer Feel free to opt out of these walking tours if you wish to as they can be physically very taxing Terms and Conditions It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program We want to emphasize the cancellation policy All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO and G Adventures in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to both jesse geeo org and groups gadventures com If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request please call us at 1 877 600 0105 Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure Deposit is kept on file for future use and all other program fee payments are refunded Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure 50 refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use Cancellation within 30 days of departure No refund but your deposit is kept on file for future use Service Level Standard Step out of the normal tourist mind set and truly experience the world Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities complete with running water and electricity Occasionally you may have a multi share night at rustic local guesthouses with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower Transportation will be a combination of public transport private buses and some private vehicles Physical Grading 2 Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels Minimum Maximum Group Size This program requires 6 participants minimum to run and will have a maximum of 15 participants Group Leader Description All GEEO G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure s group leaders which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers CEO The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible They will provide information on the places you are travelling through offer suggestions for things to do and see recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip including historical cultural religious and social aspects We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting we think it s the best of both worlds It is important to note that in Europe all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city As such our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one Packing List We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as you are expected to handle your own luggage You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels max 15 20 mins walking and up and down stairs Luggage space is limited so again smaller is better Most travelers carry a large multi day backpack or rolling suitcase of small to medium size no XXL ones please In general you want a bag that has a capacity of around 40 to 65 liters If you are asking us for our suggestion we would recommend a backpack over a rolling suitcase You will also need a day pack bag to carry water cameras and other electronics like smartphones Suggested Checklist Insect repellent Small Flashlight Credit or debit card see personal spending money USD cash small denominations preferred see personal spending money and FAQ Light windproof waterproof jacket or umbrella Small towel and swimwear Sun hat Personal clothing for hot weather We recommend packing 8 or 9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once You may want to do a sink laundry so quick dry materials are great Comfortable walking shoes You will be walking a lot Sunblock Sunglasses Toiletries Your hotels will have soap and shampoo Don t go overboard with make up Watch or alarm clock Camera First aid kit should contain lip salve Aspirin bandaids anti histamine Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea rehydration powder insect repellent extra prescription drugs you may be taking Optional Checklist Travel pillow This one is great Dramamine Money belt Water bottle Phone Tablet for internet Most hotels have WiFi Chargers for electronics as well converters adaptors if needed See FAQ Light fleece top Just for the flight You won t need it once you arrive Packing cubes These are awesome Flip flops Sandals Ear Plugs Hearos Xtreme Protection 33 decibel ear plugs are a life saver if you have a snoring roommate Snacks Packing a few granola bars is a good idea You can buy snacks when you get there too so don t go crazy here Ziplock bags for wet clothing Washcloth Most hotels don t have them and some people like having a washcloth Reading writing material Binoculars Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry Hand Sanitizer Baby wipes Phrase books Document Checklist Passport with photocopies Travel insurance with photocopies Airline tickets with photocopies Credit and or debit card see personal spending money G Adventures vouchers pre departure information and dossier Any entry visas additional passport photos or vaccination certificates required Check our FAQ to see if you need them GEEO Classroom action plans for your group This is sent 10 30 days before departure Laundry Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is There will be times when you may want or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring your own non polluting biodegradable soap Single Travellers Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip Our pricing is based on double occupancy in other words two people to a room If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one Most of our trips have a My Own Room option also known as a Single Supplement which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself If you want to room alone please email jesse geeo org To see the price for the My Own Room option please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet Money Spending Money Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks shopping and tipping Please look at our Costs tab when planning your trip Money Exchange Portugal and Spain are in the Eurozone and the unit of the currency is the Euro Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4 digit PINs Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money A combination of Euros traveler s cheques and cards is best Avoid relying on traveler s cheques alone as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little Always take more rather than less as you don t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates www xe com Medical Forms GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages It is very important you are aware that at minimum an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person climb 3 4 flights of stairs step on and off small boats and carry their own luggage Travelers with a pre existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire which must be signed by their physician This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day s activities unaided Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information The medical questionnaire can be found online at www gadventures com medical form Optional Activities Please note All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures They are not guaranteed to be accurate Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip Lisbon Castello Sao Jorge 5 Elevator Santa Justa 5 Scenic tram 28 24 hour tram ticket 5 Belem Entry to Jeronimo Monastery 8 Entry to Belem tower 5 Sintra 12 transport 8 Palace entrance Various museums Modern Art Carriages Ancient Art Design Tile from 3 15 Evora Roman Temple Free Cathedral Cloister and Tower 5 Evora Museum 4 Faro Boat to Island 10 Guided trip of Nature Reserve 25 Beach chair and Umbrella Rental 10 Seville Real Alcázar 8 Cathedral and Giralda 8 Climb the Setas 2 Bull Ring and Bull Fighting Museum 7 Casa Pilatos 6 Arab Baths Hammam 28 Granada Cathedral 4 Royal Chapel 3 50 Madrid Prado Museum 8 Hop on hop off bus 20 Reina Sofia Museum 6 Closed Tuesdays Botanical Garden and Retiro Park Free Thyssen Museum 8 Palacio Real 10 Day Tour to Avila Segovian 75 Day tour of Toledo 50 Day tour El Escorial 43 Sight seeing tour Bull Fight season depending 40 60 Valencia Combined Entry Hemisferic Oceanografic Aquarium Science Museum 35 separate entries also available Fine Arts Museum free Sun Bed and Umbrella Rental on beach 10 Barcelona Hop on off Tourist Bus 24 Sagrada Familia 16 additional 1 10 for guided tour Picasso Museum 11 Other Gaudi Houses 8 15 Palau Musica 12 Barcelona Football Club 8 50 museum only 13 Euros museum tour Various other museums 5 13 Costs Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program Very few meals are included on this trip giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip Tour Company Fee 2 659 USD Non Educator Fee 100 USD Educators do not have to pay this fee Optional Activities 120 350 USD See optional activities tab to get a better idea of your budget International Airfare from USA Roughly 1000 1700 USD See our FAQ for flight advice Insurance 35 200 USD Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of 200 000 USD We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation interruption insurance as well See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance Tipping We recommend 60 USD for your G Adventures tour leader Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary Allow 315 415 for meals not included About 400 500 USD Laundry Drinks Phone Calls etc Make sure you budget for these types of expenses For drinks it is necessary to buy water each day to stay hydrated during walking tours etc Depending on where the water is purchased this can become a noticeable expense The water is drinkable from the tap so that is a good way to save money Airport and Departure Taxes Normally this included in the cost of your flight Souvenirs 0 FAQ What should be my expectations for this GEEO program Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering To summarize our programs are quite adventurous The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe well located place for you to sleep Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned The same goes for transportation We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely The transportation will often be an adventure in itself You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage so do not over pack We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional guide you may be expecting While our trips are educational they aren t study lecture trips We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals In fact in Europe all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city As such our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places We try to set up either a school visit or a meeting with local teachers Sometimes this is not possible due to time constraints summer vacations etc Please understand this is not a guaranteed part of the program Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in Do I need a Passport Do I need a visa All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport Many countries require that your passport not expire within six months of your arrival in that country Please take the time to look up the passport validity requirements for the country countries you are visiting on this trip by clicking here If you have a U S passport but it has expired or will expire within 6 months of trip departure click here for information on how to get it renewed If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport please click here Processing time for US Passports is 4 6 weeks so please start this process immediately Americans do not need a visa for travel in Portugal and Spain Non American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa Is it OK if I am traveling alone Do I have to have a roommate Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip Our pricing is based on double occupancy in other words two people to a room If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one Most of our trips have a My Own Room option also known as a Single Supplement which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself If you want to room alone please email jesse geeo org To see the price for the My Own Room option please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet What is group travel like As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of traveling in a group Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone s travel experience Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time ensure that you don t keep the rest of the group waiting We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well this takes just a little effort on your part Is it possible to get references for GEEO Well over 1300 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008 We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide To read comments from past travelers please feel free to visit a website that reviews non profit organizations called Great Non profits Please click here for those reviews Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference Who travels with GEEO GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K 12 teachers Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20 s 30 s 40 s 50 s and 60 s About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers school staff school administrators and soon to be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate Our programs are also open to retired educators Non American educators are welcome on our trips Each educator who participates in our programs is permitted to bring along up to three friends or family members who are not teachers Each participant must be of adequate fitness level for their chosen trip If you wish to bring a guest under the age of 18 GEEO will consider your request but typically we only allow participants over the age of 18 What vaccinations do I need for this trip You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program Where do I meet the group What happens when I arrive at the airport Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel s front desk with the introductory meeting time and location When you arrive at the airport you can either take a taxi or use public transportation The taxi is about a 20 minute ride and costs between 20 30 Euro depending on when you arrive and how much luggage you have If you use public transportation you will probably end up taking the Aerobus which goes from the airport into the center of Lisbon It runs every day from 7 45am to 8 15pm every 20 minutes Tickets can be purchased on board for about 2 Euros Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip Other than the first hotel our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues Instead we give you 24 hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure s headquarters This way at any time your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed What are the hotels like It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses which have been changed into hotels Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past resulting in rather thin walls Reception areas rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head On this trip you can expect to stay in small family run hotels or pensions with the exception of the start and finish hotels which are often larger city hotels which will vary a little in standard and facilities some may not have elevators air conditioning or English speaking staff but most importantly all are locally run with some traditional character and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights You can expect to find clean safe simple accommodation in convenient locations Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service As accommodation is in short supply especially during the summer months hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me You may want to stay longer in Lisbon at the start of the trip or Barcelona at the end so feel free to arrive a few days early or depart a few days later We are not able to book extra hotel nights on this program so you will need to book them on your own Just give us a call and we can tell you what hotels we are scheduled to use What type of transportation do we use on this trip Intercity transport on this trip will be by local bus and train The bus and train systems in Spain and Portugal are generally very good most offer seat reservations some buses have toilet facilities and others don t but drivers often stop en route for service station breaks Between transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances up to 20mins walk in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations hotels or other public places We use public transport on this trip which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform in and out of trains and buses etc and also possibly up several flights of stairs You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight and which you can easily transport The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times Do you recommend spending any extra days Answer from GEEO Executive Director This itinerary does include enough time for you to get a feel for both Lisbon and Barcelona but if it you have the time it would be worth spending an extra day or two in both cities Seeing the main sites in Lisbon will take at least a day and a half If you have the time I am sure you will enjoy a day trip up to Sintra which has some amazing castles and hiking You can reach Sintra easily by train Our itinerary has about a day and a half scheduled for Barcelona You can rush and see many of the sites in that time but it is worthwhile to take your time and soak up the atmosphere For a side trip I really enjoyed visiting Girona which is a short day trip away from Barcelona When should I purchase my flights You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum amount of required participants before you book your flights Typically we reach the minimum amount needed at least 90 days before departure which often happens to be when you can find the best prices for purchasing flights Please go to our Trip Status page to see whether your program has already been confirmed by clicking here GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed What cities airports should I book my flight in and out of Your trip begins in Lisbon and ends in Barcelona Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Lisbon by You can arrive at any time of the day you choose however we strongly urge you to arrive by 7PM on Day 1 for our group meeting You can depart from Barcelona any time on the final day of the trip Where can I purchase flights We recommend using www kayak com to see what is out there in terms of flights G Adventures also has a wonderful air department which can be reached at 1 800 708 7761 You may also want to take a look at the prices at www flyforgood com or call 1 877 359 4466 to speak to a person They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non profit If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight you will need a supporting document from GEEO Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations and are sometimes higher than tickets found on Kayak Travelocity Orbitz Expedia etc Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket Where can I purchase travel insurance Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of 200 000 USD Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance so you will need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like You must bring some proof of this insurance to your introduction meeting on the first day of the trip If you do not have travel health insurance at that time you will be forced to purchase insurance on the spot which will be pricier than purchasing it in advance The least expensive travel health insurance plan that we have found is the International Teacher Identity Card better known as the ITIC Card They have a 25 card that includes the amount of travel medical evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip plus other trip insurance benefits The card will also get you discounts and benefits in over 125 000 locations including many museums and hotels Another great thing about the ITIC Card is that it covers you for an entire year and can be used for all your travel during that period including domestic travel GEEO has reached an agreement with the makers of this card to pre approve all GEEO travelers so you do not need to submit paperwork proving that you are a teacher Also non teachers who are traveling with GEEO can get this same card which normally is only for teachers To sign up for the card please follow this link www myisic com orders GEEO While not required we also highly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance The 199 Explorer ITIC Card comes with 3000 of cancellation insurance which is also valid for multiple trips domestic and international within a one year period Even if you don t use the cancellation insurance on your GEEO trip you might end up needing it for travel expenses relating to a conference Please note The ITIC card is for American residents If you are not American or are an American living abroad please email us and we can go over your options Will I be eating on my own With the group Why aren t all meals included Eating is a big part of traveling Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat It also gives you more budgeting flexibility though generally food is affordable Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other s company There is no obligation to do this though Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets Is the water safe to drink Yes the water is safe to drink What is the weather like Portugal and Spain are hot and dry in the summer with temperatures typically in the 80 s F Is there Internet access Should I bring a computer Mobile phone Many of the hotels we use have WiFi often free sometime not There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of International roaming rates can be extremely high so you don t want to be surprised You can bring a laptop tablet smart phone if you wish but remember GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring Shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and 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    for the annual Global Fair We will prepare taste testing food items for the Global Fair as Egyptian music and photos are on the Power Point Global Fair Display Meet with an Egyptian Elementary school teacher to unite our schools for a Global Fair and share school addresses and emails to have an ongoing dialogue with students if possible Pre Departure Preparation I have previously viewed videos and DVDs concerning Egypt and Egyptians culture and customs Bring my camera and plenty of memory sticks Preparation During Travel I will need to take photos gather available menus from restaurants purchase Egyptian music CDs and possibly DVDs and speak with a local teacher about how to coordinate an International Global Fair between our schools Subject Geography Grades 6 7 8 Location Egypt 2011 Contributor Carmen McCurren Lesson Plan My geography students will plan their own trip to Egypt Through researching travel locations in Egypt they will create an itinerary and write a postcard to a friend describing what they have seen and done while on this trip Pre Departure Preparation I will begin to find travel and tourism sites my students can use to research destinations they would like to incorporate into their trip Preparation During Travel I will take pictures along the trip to give students some ideas of places they can include in their project Subject English Grades 9 10 11 12 Location India Nepal 2011 Contributor Janet Matthews Lesson Plan I will be teaching The Ramayana and would like to be photographing temples sites and Indian dieties that mentioned in the epic I also would like to interview some people about the importance of this epic and their knowledge about Rama and Sita Pre Departure Preparation I will have a list of the setting deities and rituals Preparation During Travel I will take pictures and photographs and interview people during my free time Subject ESOL Reading English Grades 6 7 8 Location India Nepal 2011 Contributor Ellen Taylor Lesson Plan I will have an India day when I read Indian folktales while wearing a sari Students will write their version of an Indian folktale Pre Departure Preparation I will research simple folktales related to the Indian culture Preparation During Travel I will buy a sari I will ask about Indian folktales and hopefully buy a book of simple folktales Subject All subjects Grades 1 2 3 4 5 Location India Nepal 2011 Contributor La Donna Pitts Lesson Plan I strongly believe in cross curricular lessons and I intend to teach about rangoli designs used during traditional festivities in India Students will then use various materials to constuct their designs which will incorporate geometric shapes and symmetry that they have learned in math class These designs will be displayed in locations throughout the school possibly culminating during our annual neighborhood art fair Pre Departure Preparation I will continue to research how recyclable materials can be used to create these designs Furthermore to examine how they can be related to our character education program currently in place in our curriculum having discovered that these designs signify cultural mannerisms and hospitality Preparation During Travel During my time in India it will be necesary to find examples of the rangoli designs and to discuss with the native people how they were constructed and what the significance of each of the elements are I expect some of the designs also relate to their religious beliefs and certain deities and while visiting temples etc I will explore these connections to the different designs Subject English Language Arts Grades 9 10 11 12 Location India Nepal 2011 Contributor Elizabeth Kriynovich Lesson Plan I am a ninth grade World Literatures teacher and a central theme of our curriculum is The Hero s Journey We explore various aspects of the journey pattern in literature throughout the year I am going to include a unit on the life legend of the Buddha Pre Departure Preparation I am researching Buddha s life and reading introductory Buddhist philosophy Preparation During Travel I will take photos and gather information in Lumbini Buddha s birthplace and Sarnath location of his first sermon to add to my lessons about Buddha s life and teachings Subject Science Chemistry Grades 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Location Peru 2011 Contributor Eileen McNamee Lesson Plan I will teach my students about the science used to build Machu Picchu and introduce photographs into the classroom Pre Departure Preparation I will research the science used to build the buildings in the area of Machu Picchu Preparation During Travel Photograph the areas we visit and take notes on the information I learn during the trip Subject Biology Grades 9 10 11 12 Location Southern Africa 2010 Contributor Deanna Brunlinger Lesson Plan I will do a Hunger Banquet with my students and all freshman World Culture classes to bring awareness about people especially children in need worldwide of an adequate food supply and clean drinking water I will also use the examples of biomes when teaching them in my classes I will compare characteristics of the critters flora and fauna found in each of the biomes to those native to Wisconsin Pre Departure Preparation I will research population birth and death rate population pyramid education income and crime statistics for each of the countries we visit I will also research biome and critter distribution Preparation During Travel I will take pictures of the poorer and wealthier regions and people to provide contrast of haves and have nots I will also take pictures of evidence of biome characteristics I will take pictures of every critter I see and attempt to identify it Subject Reading Grades 6 7 8 Location Peru 2010 Contributor Kate Doniger Lesson Plan I am a reading teacher and I would like my students to follow Peru in the news I plan to have my students read newspaper and magazine articles with topics related to news politics history culture and natural disasters in Peru I already have an article from National Geographic Explorer to start the year The article discusses picking The New Seven Wonders of the World There is a section in this article with a picture and description of Machu Picchu Another idea I have is reading a Peruvian Fairy Tale I have a lesson where students read different versions of Cinderella from around the world I could add a Peruvian story to this lesson Pre Departure Preparation I will research Peruvian literature and fairy tales Preparation During Travel I will take plenty of pictures of people architecture and the mountains in Peru to share with my students I hope to use these pictures as a way to get my students interested in learning more While in Peru I plan to talk to teachers and other people we meet about Peruvian literature Subject Science Grades 6 7 8 Location Peru 2010 Contributor Christina Luzzi Lesson Plan I am a science teacher and I would like to teach my students about Peruvian agriculture and engineering I will collect climate data and have students compare to New York City climate data Students will use engineering skills learned to create a design experiment as their 8th grade exit project Pre Departure Preparation I will research the climate and agriculture of the towns we will be visiting I will create data tables to collect information on the sites I will also research engineering and architecture techniques specific to the Peruvian culture Preparation During Travel I will take pictures of the indigenous plants I will talk to the locals about their culture and traditions in relation to agriculture I will take pictures of the Peruvian structures I will also note what time period they were built On one of the free nights I will attend a museum Subject English Grades 9 10 11 12 Location Peru 2011 and Argentina Uruguay Brazil 2011 Contributor Kate DeFeo Lesson Plan I am a fiction writing teacher I am planning on using photos from my summer adventures in order to create a photo fiction unit The students will pick photographs from an array of places and people etc and then will generate a piece of fiction based on the photograph that they choose This will get them to use more creative settings and characters when they are writing their fiction and for them to realize that fiction can be generated from a picture I would love this to spin into a magical realism unit Pre Departure Preparation I will be actively reading short fiction from South American authors in order to get a feel of their writing and setting and characters Preparation During Travel I will be actively taking photos during my trips this summer and finding the most creative shots possible to bring back into my classroom Subject Technology Grades 1 2 3 4 5 Location Peru 2011 Contributor Scott Lerner Lesson Plan A major part of my third grade curriculum is an archaeology unit where students simulate an actual excavation on one of five civilizations As a technology coordinator I am heavily involved in the analysis of their excavated artifacts My idea is to introduce students to Machu Picchu the most famous archaelogical site in the world Through the photos and videos that I will take students will learn about the site and compare it with the site they are studying I will require them to add information and photos to their archaeology site report Pre Departure Preparation I will research a basic history of Machu Picchu and Inca society to relate to my third grade students Preparation During Travel I will take photos videos talk to people and learn about Machu Picchu the Incas and current life in Peru Subject Biology Environmental Science Grades 9 10 11 12 Location Southern Africa 2011 Contributor Patricia Van Bergen Lesson Plan I will create a bulletin board in my room that outlines the countries I visited dominant species as well as environmental problems I will videotape several components of the trip to show my students and create a 1 2 day lesson for each unit I teach in my environmental science class that links what we are learning to environmental issues in Africa Pre Departure Preparation I will research the dominant flora and fauna of the regions I will be visiting Preparation During Travel I will take lots of pictures and video as well as interview locals as to the environmental problems that are the most severe in their area Subject Elementary Multi Subjects Grades 1 2 3 4 5 Location Peru 2009 Contributor Lynette Swiger Lesson Plan On big area of third grade social studies science is to look at the climate of different areas of the world Climate affects jobs recreation food traditions culture etc and I will be sharing the differences in climate between Peru and West Virginia In addition since Peru is in a different hemisphere it will be interesting to third graders to learn why it is winter in Peru when it is summer in the U S The climate affects the culture of a people and thus is a meshing of science and social studies Pre Departure Preparation None Preparation During Travel I will take plenty of pictures showing the lifestyles of people in Peru clothes food recreation jobs as well as their winter clothing These will be the springboard for discussions and lessons especially as to why their winter winter clothing is not as harsh heavy as ours Subject U S History Government Grades 9 10 11 12 Location Peru 2010 Contributor Paula Woods Lesson Plan As a government and history teacher I will do a comparative politics study between the constitutions and government set up of Peru and the U S I will also show photos of Macchu Pichu and discuss the Inca civilization and compare it to the Hopi tribe when I do my Native American unit Pre Departure Preparation I will find a copy of Peru s Constitution I will also seek out prior knowledge about the Inca tribe Preparation During Travel Visit government buildings in Lima and take pictures of Machu Pichu as well as learn about the Inca civiliation Subject Math Grades 9 10 11 12 Location India 2009 Contributor Kimberly Kurgan Lesson Plan In my honors precalculus course we have a small unit on fractal geometry The Taj Mahal is said to have self replecating geometry which is essentially fractals After studying fractals I can bring in pictures of the Taj Mahal and various grounds surrounding the Taj Mahal for students to find examples of fractals used I also teach algebra 1 and within the curriculum we introduce the students to trigonometry After learning basic trig students can learn about Jantar Mantar Students can solve for the heights of stars moons and the sun given two known measurements We can also discuss the accuracy of Jai Singh s observatory which was built in 1724 Pre Departure Preparation For each possible lesson plan I would have to do more research after returning to the States I have already tried to find information involving math that I actually currently teach on both the Taj Mahal and Jantar Mantar Preparation During Travel At the Taj Mahal I will need to take many pictures from different aspects Students often see things I do not so even though something may not seem relevant to me I should not dismiss it Also any literature that is available at the Taj Mahal will be helpful At Jantar Mantar I am curious as to how eighteenth century Indians used the structures for astronomy Actually being there may help spark my creativity on how to best combine trigonometry with a small history lesson on Jantar Mantar Subject Reading Grades 6 7 8 Location Winter India 2013 Contributor Colin Turner Lesson Plan I will be sharing my experience with students by using analogies from my trip to teach about Power dynamics Social Justice issues racism prejudice sexism and other broad themes in the reading curriculum I will also integrate nonfiction articles about Indian culture and society into our Reading curriculum which I can supplement with pictures and stories from our trip It will be an invaluable tool for engagement and for broadening students experiences I will share my pictures and stories with colleagues who will integrate them into their lessons and plans in both 7th and 8th grades For example the History teacher wants to use pictures pamphlets and memorabilia in his lessons on trade with India and the Writing teacher wants to use them in writing prompts Pre Departure Preparation Talk with colleagues about types of pictures videos and memorabilia to bring back Preparation During Travel Taking pictures of historic sites as well as individuals we meet on the trip gathering pamphlets and memorabilia from historic sites talking with and gathering stories experiences from local guides and people Subject Reading Grades 6 7 8 Location Winter India 2013 Contributor Colin Turner Lesson Plan I will be sharing my experience with students by using analogies from my trip to teach about Power dynamics Social Justice issues racism prejudice sexism and other broad themes in the reading curriculum I will also integrate nonfiction articles about Indian culture and society into our Reading curriculum which I can supplement with pictures and stories from our trip It will be an invaluable tool for engagement and for broadening students experiences I will share my pictures and stories with colleagues who will integrate them into their lessons and plans in both 7th and 8th grades For example the History teacher wants to use pictures pamphlets and memorabilia in his lessons on trade with India and the Writing teacher wants to use them in writing prompts Pre Departure Preparation Talk with colleagues about types of pictures videos and memorabilia to bring back Preparation During Travel Taking pictures of historic sites as well as individuals we meet on the trip gathering pamphlets and memorabilia from historic sites talking with and gathering stories experiences from local guides and people Subject Special Education Grades 6 7 8 Location Eastern Europe 2013 Contributor Laurel Tanza Lesson Plan I plan on bringing the GEEO experience to the classroom by having students engage in an online expedition which will teach about the countries I visited through the program Students will learn about countries through pictures maps landmarks and culture by investigating a central question or theme For example they could pretend to be lost tourists who need to get back to their hotel On their way back they stop by various landmarks etc and learn about their cultural significance Pre Departure Preparation I will need to research different landmarks and cultural icons for each country I am visiting Preparation During Travel During my trip I will need to take pictures collect maps and money from each country visited These pictures can then be incorporated into the investigation I will also need to find video or audio clips of dance and music for each country Subject All Subjects Grades Kindergarten Location Galapagos 2013 Contributor Lauren Davis Lesson Plan I am a kindergarten teacher and our Science Social Studies curriculum for the year is about homes and habitats around the world I plan to integrate what I learn about the animals of the Galapagos into our study of animal habitats I will create a mini unit about the animals and habitats of the Galapagos focusing on how these animals are well suited for this particular environment and what they need to survive in the Galapagos I plan to use both personal stories and photos from my trip to enhance these lessons Pre Departure Preparation I will research the various animals that I expect to see while on the trip Preparation During Travel I will take plenty of pictures of animals and their habitats and take notes about the animals Subject All Subjects Grades 5 Location Italy 2013 Contributor Alex Piazza Lesson Plan I am a fifth grade inclusion teacher and teach all subjects to my students

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    sheet included Mattress a foam mattress is included as part of the hike you can upgrade this and rent a self inflating type mattresses locally from G Adventures for 12 USD Anti inflammatory tablets e g Ibuprofen Thermal underwear Jacket for low temperatures Fleece Walking poles that can also be rented locally from G Adventures at 5 USD Go Girl A product that helps women use squat toilets Gatorade Powder packets Hand Sanitizer Baby wipes Flashlight headlamp preferred All other camping equipment is provided for the Inca Trail excursion Porters carry the camping gear food and a portion of your personal belongings All you will need to carry is a day pack containing waterproof jacket warm fleece or down top camera water bottle snacks sunscreen and hat during the hike In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6Kg of personal belongings per hiker That means that including your sleeping bag toiletries clothing etc you are allowed a total weight of 6KG for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries eg contact lens solution that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks which are lighter than running walking shoes and that you limit electronics such as MP3 players to those that you are willing to carry Optional Checklist Reading writing material Pocketknife Money belt Travel pillow This one is great Phone Tablet for internet Most hotels have WiFi Chargers for electronics as well converters adaptors if needed See FAQ Ear Plugs Hearos Xtreme Protection 33 decibel ear plugs are a life saver if you have a snoring roommate Snacks Packing a few granola bars is a good idea You can buy snacks when you get there too so don t go crazy here Document Checklist Passport with photocopies Travel insurance with photocopies Airline tickets with photocopies Credit and or debit card see personal spending money G Adventures vouchers pre departure information and dossier Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required Check our FAQ to see if you need them GEEO Classroom action plans for your group This is sent 10 30 days before departure Laundry Laundry facilities are offered by the hotel in Cuzco for a charge Single Travellers Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip Our pricing is based on double occupancy in other words two people to a room If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one Most of our trips have a My Own Room option also known as a Single Supplement which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself If you want to room alone please email jesse geeo org To see the price for the My Own Room option please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet Money Spending Money Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks shopping and tipping Please look at our Costs tab when planning your trip Money Exchange As currency exchange rates fluctuate we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates www xe com ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling Please make sure you bring at least 200 in US cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 2 4 transaction fee Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation Please be advised that slightly torn notes notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition in denominations lower than 100USD or equivalent Medical Forms GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages It is very important you are aware that at minimum an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person climb 3 4 flights of stairs step on and off small boats and carry their own luggage Travelers with a pre existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire which must be signed by their physician This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day s activities unaided Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information The medical questionnaire can be found online at www gadventures com medical form Optional Activities Please note All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures They are not guaranteed to be accurate Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip Lima These tours can be booked locally through our Lima office Please call 51 1 989 042 261 contact Elard Aranibar to reserve your tour and to find out about other available options All prices are in USD Lima City Tour 39 Minimum 2 Tour colonial and contemporary Lima Approx 3 Hrs Pachacamac 35 Visit the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima Approx 3 Hrs Larco Museum 55 This museum contains the best quality gold and silver collection Approx 3 Hrs Culinary Tour 55 Visit a local market Learn how to make Ceviche and Pisco Sours like the experts Approx 3 Hrs Ballestas Islands with Huacachina From 180 Enjoy wildlife and history have lunch in a winery and visit the Huacachina Oasis Full day City Contrasts 25 Visit the other face of Lima the shanty towns or Pueblos Jovenes Approx 3 Hrs Lima at Night 55 Visit the Magic Circuit of Water walk through the centre of Lima and savour an included dinner Approx 3 Hrs Palomina Islands 55 Visit the port area of Lima Spot wildlife and swim with the sea lions Approx 5 Hrs minimum 2 Nasca Lines 300 Flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines Services start and end in Lima Full day Cuzco Boleto Turistico tourist ticket 25 half ticket 46 full ticket City tour 15 20 Horseback riding around ruins with guide 40 Horseback riding around ruins without guide 15 White water rafting 55 Mountain biking 55 Museo Inka 3 5 entrance Museo de Historia Regional entrance with Boleto Turistico Costs Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program Very few meals are included on this trip giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip Tour Company Fee 1 671 00 USD Non Educator Fee 100 USD Educators do not have to pay this fee Optional Activities 50 300 USD International Airfare from USA Roughly 800 1800 USD Can vary widely If you require assistance in booking your international airfare we would be happy to assist you Just email air gadventures com for more information Also see our FAQ for flight advice Insurance 25 200 USD Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of 200 000 USD We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance Tipping We recommend 30 USD for your G Adventures tour leader Budget another 80 USD to tip guides and drivers for other activities Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary Roughly 150 300 USD Laundry Drinks Phone Calls etc Make sure you budget for these types of expenses Airport and Departure Taxes 31 USD Vaccines It all depends on what you don t have already what your insurance covers Visa 0 Americans don t need a visa for travel in Peru Check with your local embassy if you are not American Souvenirs 0 FAQ What should be my expectations for this GEEO program Before you decide on traveling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering To summarize our programs are quite adventurous The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe well located place for you to sleep Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible Sometimes the accommodation is not air conditioned The same goes for transportation We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground The transportation will often be an adventure in itself You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage so do not over pack We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional guide you may be expecting While our trips are educational they aren t study lecture trips We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals We try to set up a school visit on each program but these sometimes fall through due to complications Please understand they are not a guaranteed part of the program Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in Where do I meet the group What happens when I arrive at the airport Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip We will provide you with the starting hotel information roughly 30 days before departure Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel s front desk with the introductory meeting time and location When you arrive at the airport you can either take a taxi to the first hotel or book an airport transfer If you book the airport transfer someone will meet you at the airport with your name on a sign and will take you to the hotel To see the price for an airport transfer please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet Do I need a Passport Do I need a visa All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport Many countries require that your passport not expire within six months of your arrival in that country Please take the time to look up the passport validity requirements for the country countries you are visiting on this trip by clicking here If you have a U S passport but it has expired or will expire within 6 months of trip departure click here for information on how to get it renewed If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport please click here Processing time for US Passports is 4 6 weeks so please start this process immediately As with all of our trips we try to provide the most accurate information we can but governments sometimes change visa rules It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here Americans do not need to purchase a visa for travel to Peru Non American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa Who travels with GEEO GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K 12 teachers Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20 s 30 s 40 s 50 s and 60 s About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers school staff school administrators and soon to be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate Our programs are also open to retired educators Non American educators are welcome on our trips Each educator who participates in our programs is permitted to bring along up to three friends or family members who are not teachers Each participant must be of adequate fitness level for their chosen trip If you wish to bring a guest under the age of 18 GEEO will consider your request but typically we only allow participants over the age of 18 What is group travel like As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of traveling in a group Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone s travel experience Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time ensure that you don t keep the rest of the group waiting We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well this takes just a little effort on your part Is it OK if I am traveling alone Do I have to have a roommate Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves so please don t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip Our pricing is based on double occupancy in other words two people to a room If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one Most of our trips have a My Own Room option also known as a Single Supplement which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself If you want to room alone please email jesse geeo org To see the price for the My Own Room option please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet Please note on the Lares Trek you may have a roommate in your tent even if you have paid for the My Own Room fee How long have we been running this program GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008 We have run yearly Peru programs ever since including this itinerary G Adventures who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to Peru for many years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run Will I be eating on my own With the group Why aren t all meals included Eating is a big part of traveling Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat It also gives you more budgeting flexibility though generally food is affordable Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other s company There is no obligation to do this though Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don t want you to pay for services you might not use Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget Is it possible to get references for GEEO Over 1300 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008 We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide To read comments from past travelers please feel free to visit a website that reviews non profit organizations called Great Non profits Please click here for those reviews Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations The itinerary is brief as we never know exactly where our journey will take us Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit travel can be unpredictable The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered Additionally any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances How much money in US cash should I bring Should I exchange local currency in advance This is entirely up to you but we think it is critical for you to bring along 250 USD in cash for emergencies This is what GEEO s executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling I do not exchange any money before traveling to a country but instead bring somewhere between 200 300 USD in cash I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears I like to have mostly 20 s but in some countries you are better off with 50 s and 100 s In some countries it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency I divide this money between a money belt my main backpack and my daypack I also bring an ATM card and a credit card Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don t think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn t work at an ATM or is lost you always have a backup account It s also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee Some cards charge up to 4 extra for any transactions made out of the US My Capital One visa card doesn t have any international transaction fee I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won t have to worry about recurring automated payments I like to split up my cards between my money belt wallet and one emergency one hidden in my main bag When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of 150 USD in the local currency I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent On a recent trip I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg What cities airports should I book my flight in and out of Your trip begins and ends in Lima Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Lima by You can arrive at any time of the day you choose You can depart Lima any time you like on the final day of the trip When should I purchase my flights This program is now confirmed to run Feel free to purchase your flights whenever you like Where can I purchase flights We recommend using www kayak com to see what is out there in terms of flights G Adventures also has a wonderful air department which can be reached at 1 800 708 7761 You may also want to take a look at the prices at www flyforgood com or call 1 877 359 4466 to speak to a person They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non profit If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight you will need a supporting document from GEEO Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations and are sometimes higher than tickets found on Kayak Travelocity Orbitz Expedia etc Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket Where can I purchase travel insurance Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of 200 000 USD Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance so you will need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like You must bring some proof of this insurance to your introduction meeting on the first day of the trip If you do not have travel health insurance at that time you will be forced to purchase insurance on the spot which will be pricier than purchasing it in advance The least expensive travel health insurance plan that we have found is the International Teacher Identity Card better known as the ITIC Card They have a 25 card that includes the amount of travel medical evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip plus other trip insurance benefits The card will also get you discounts and benefits in over 125 000 locations including many museums and hotels Another great thing about the ITIC Card is that it covers you for an entire year and can be used for all your travel during that period including domestic travel GEEO has reached an agreement with the makers of this card to pre approve all GEEO travelers so you do not need to submit paperwork proving that you are a teacher Also non teachers who are traveling with GEEO can get this same card which normally is only for teachers To sign up for the card please follow this link www myisic com orders GEEO While not required we also highly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance The 199 Explorer ITIC Card comes with 3000 of cancellation insurance which is also valid for multiple trips domestic and international within a one year period Even if you don t use the cancellation insurance on your GEEO trip you might end up needing it for travel expenses relating to a conference Please note The ITIC card is for American residents If you are not American or are an American living abroad please email us and we can go over your options Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me You may want to stay longer in Lima so feel free to arrive a few days early or depart a few days later Our tour operator G Adventures often can book you extra hotel nights at the hotels we use for the start and end of this trip For prices and information on booking extra hotel nights please click here What vaccinations do I need for this trip What should I ask my doctor about in regards to the altitude We legally cannot give you any medical advice It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health http www passporthealthusa com who have travel clinics throughout the US Please take this seriously Please note your Adventure travels to high altitude This is medically defined as anything over 8 000 feet 2 440 meters Most people can travel to 8 000 feet with minimal effects However everyone reacts to altitude differently and altitude sickness can on set with some people irrespective of fitness and age For details on how to best prepare and what to do in the unlikely event you are effected on your Adventure please consult your physician Make sure your doctor carefully checks to make sure any medication you need is safe to use at over 11 000 feet above sea level Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip Other than the first hotel our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues Instead we give you 24 hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure s headquarters This way at any time your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need it is best to first call our local office in Lima If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer please leave a detailed message and contact information so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible G Adventures Lima Peru Office opened Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm local time GMT 5 Tel Int Dialing Code 51 1 241 1650 Lima Emergency Cell Phone 51 99 758 2712 after office hours If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office in Lima they have a toll free line within North America or our regular direct line which will connect you directly with their Toronto office In the event that you cannot get through you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below Toll free North America only 1 888 800 4100 Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring Peru is a pretty relaxed place and you can pretty much wear anything you would like Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices There are two components to provide external power to your device adapters and transformers The adapter is the plug adapting the prongs on a standard U S three pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your computer Peru uses two and three pronged power plugs similar to those in the U S as well as a European style two prong plug Peru s voltage is mostly 220V with a few homes with 110V on the European style outlets U S outlets are 120V Most new devices phones and laptops can handle the different voltage rates but some devices only work on the U S standard of 120V Check your device to see what voltage range it handles Most transformer blocks will have an Input line that defines its voltage capacity For example Input 100 240V means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V If your transformer can t handle the different voltage you ll need to purchase a voltage converter You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors Is the water safe to drink Unless your tour leader tells you differently only bottled water should be drunk and this is readily available for purchase Fruit and vegetables should be peeled washed in boiled water and in the case of the latter well cooked Meat and fish should also be fresh well cooked and hot to avoid possible infection Is there Internet access Should I bring a computer Mobile phone Many of the hotels we use have WiFi often free sometime not There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of International roaming rates can be extremely high so you don t want to be surprised You can bring a laptop tablet smart phone if you wish but remember GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items What is the weather like At the time of the year we run the Peru program Lima is typically a bit rainy with a mild temperature Cuzco and the Lares trek will have mild temperatures during the day 70 s and will be in the 40 s at night There is a very good chance it will rain while you are there so make sure you have packed rain gear For the trek you should pack different layers of clothes so you can adjust as the day goes by Water proof hiking boots are a must We recommend boots that have been treated with Gortex Make sure you have plenty of warm clothing as it gets cold at night Because we are at high altitude the sun can be quite strong so bring sun block and a hat is essential Is there advice that past participants would like to pass onto you Quotes from past participants Don t come into the country expecting stores to accept American money participants would be better off getting local currency at the airport upon arriving in Lima According to a doctor I saw in Cusco I could not take some of my medications because of the altitude I wish I had known this in advance my doctor in Oklahoma City was unaware of this and I am still not sure the doctor in Cusco was correct The sudden discontinuation of the medications caused me and one of the other older participants some medical difficulty Make sure your doctor at home carefully checks to make sure your medication is OK to take over 11 000 feet above sea level Money in Lima and most banks they were very strict about our money They wanted money without lines cracks tears even bends in the middle We did get an email with a warning to bring crisp money but I would stress that each bill will be inspected and that they will reject money with tears lines and or marks The hike was more strenuous than what we thought Also more needs to be stated about possible rain and condition of the trail We all took too many snacks on the trail The cooks had prepared great snacks for us each day There is plenty of hiking once you arrive at the Machu Picchu We had the perfect amount of time there It is not necessary to hike the Lares Trek to enjoy the Andes What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO Who is running this trip GEEO is an independent non profit organization that helps teachers travel GEEO has chosen to work with the tour operator G Adventures We discount their prices for our participants so they are even more affordable for teachers GEEO also is able to get our participants humanitarian rate airfare and discounted travel health insurance GEEO customizes these trips for teachers GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teachers experience into the classroom GEEO provides each participant with a Professional Development Certificate For more about GEEO please see our mission statement G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips For over 25 years G Adventures

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