A CCUSD World Language Trip to Peru 2018

  •  Join us from June 2-10, 2018 - spots still available

    This trip was designed for students (parents can come, too) who want to experience Peru in an authentic manner. Spanish classes, service learning activities, interaction with youth and the typical Andean lifestyle as well as visiting some of the key Incan civilization archeological sites have been woven into this custom-built, private tour.

    Grades 6-8 students invited. Parents can also enroll!

    District Office Contact: Cristina Ladas, World Language Programs Coordinator at cladas@ccusd93.org


     

    Link to Interactive Poster for Itinerary, Prices

     Ready to Join? Here are the instructions to Enroll: LINK

    IMPORTANT! This trip is a go with the current 17 participants, a mix of 6th -8th graders from Desert Sun Academy, Desert Willow School and Sonoran Trails Middle School and some parents. We have room to add participants so if you are interested, please contact cladas@ccusd93.org

     


     

Questions and Answers

  • Which tour company will take us?

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    The company is called Promatour and has been in business for 27 years, specializing in South America and Europe. Feel free to check out their website. The internaitonal airline is American Airlines. The train from Machu Pichu to Cusco is Expedition Train.

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  • What is the cost?

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    This trip will fill at (25) with a price per student to $3,787 USD (adults on trip must pay supplement--see below). Once full, the trip will close and the trip will be confirmed. Prices include airfare, in-country transportation, meals, activity fees, trip/medical/dental insurance, trip cancellation/delay insurance, tour guide fee, airport tax, airline fuel surcharge. An approximate $5 tip fee per person x 8 days ($40) will be collected on departure day in cash by the CCUSD leader to pay for the bus driver and tour guide at the end of the trip. The final tip amount will be shared before departure. Baggage fees at the airport and souvenirs while there are on your own as well.

    Water is drinkable from the tap but we will suggest buying water to drink while there. 

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  • Can parents come?

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    If parents would like to join the trip, the following additional charges will apply. Parents will have the option to participate in the activities or make other plans on their own. Students must stay with the group and participate in the trip activities. 

    ~ $20/day for adult insurance and activities X 8 days = $160 
    ~ If parents do NOT wish to participate in the 3 days of Spanish classes, they will be refunded $100. Otherwise, parent can learn too!

    Please read Hotel Room Q&A to learn about the supplement for getting a twin or single room supplement. The trip price that you see includes 4 students in one room with 2 students sharing a bed. When adults attend, they will generally want to change that to a twin or even a single room and pay the supplement.

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  • Chaperones

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    On a trip with 25-29 paying participants, there will be 5-6 CCUSD employees as district chaperones. Our goal is to have 1-2 chaperones from DWES, DSA and STMS giving us a 1:5 or 6 ratio.

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  • Use Tax Credit to help cover the cost!

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    Take advantage of the AZ tax credit for public schools. Click HERE for more information. Remember, you can ask anyone to donate in the name of your child traveling on this extracurricular field trip. Do NOT use the CCUSD online portal for this tax credit donation. Please use the actual paper form, collect the check from the donor and take to the school to personally obtain the necessary receipt. 

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  • Hotel Room

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    Trip price includes 4 students in 1 hotel room with 2 beds. To reduce the current 4 people to a room, a Twin Room Supplement ($40/night per person) can be applied. If you would like your own Single Room, the supplement is an additional $80/night. Hotels are considered 3-4 star by US standards. You are welcome to share a room with your child but please note that the Twin Room Supplement will apply if less than 4 in a room. Names of specific hotels will not be released until close to the trip date but some of the hotels used in previous trips include:

    Lima: Hotels will be in the Miraflores neighborhood – such as Hotel Britania or Hotel Tambo

    Cusco: Hotels will be in the Historic Center. Example – Hotel Suenos Del Inka or Hotel Inkarri

     

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  • Spanish Classes

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    Are taught at Academia Lationamericana. Parents can participate in classes. They have included this in the trip price. If a parent chooses not to participate, Promotour will offer a $100 refund. There will be 3 mornings where we will attend Spanish classes. 3 hours each morning.

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  • Trip Cancellation/Insurance

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    Trip price includes... (link to policy)

    • PROMETOUR PEACE OF MIND PROGRAM
      Student Group Insurance Program covering group dates of travel 
    • Coverage includes: 
      Trip Cancellation, Interruption and Delay
      Cancel for Any Reason up to 75% of prepaid, forfeited, non-refundable payments or deposits
      Baggage & Personal Effects; Damage Loss & Delay
      Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses
      Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation
      24 hour Accidental Death & Dismemberment 
      Travel Assistance & Concierge
    • Roundtrip airfare* PHOENIX / LIMA / CUSCO / - / PHOENIX 
    • Associated ground transportation costs while in destination
    • 8 nights multiple occupancy in quality hotels ( 3-star standard, 3 & 4 per room, single beds not guaranteed)
    • 8 Breakfast(s) / 8 Lunch(s) / 9 Dinner(s) (group menu with 1 non-alcoholic beverage + vegetarian option)
    • Service of a dynamic Bilingual Prometour Tour Director
    • All aforementioned visits, activities, tours and admissions
    • Applicable service fees, taxes and FICAV** contribution

     

    Here is an overview of Prometour's terms and conditions.

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  • Payment Schedule

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    You can set up autopay through their website or manual pay following the schedule below. If using tax credit please fill out the correct form (schools will have this form) with a check and turn into your front office 3 weeks before the below due date. The school will then make the payment by the due date in the traveler's name. Don't forget to request a receipt when you drop off the tax credit which is what you will turn into your accountant when you file your tax return. If you have missed a payment, please simply add it to the next due date.

    • 1st payment due June 12, 2017 ($500, no tax credit for this payment please*)
    • 2nd payment due Sep. 12, 2017 ($650 no tax credit for this payment please*)
    • 3rd payment due Oct. 12, 2017 ($700)
    • 4th payment due Nov. 12, 2017($600)
    • 5th payment due Jan. 12, 2018
    • Balance due Feb 27, 2018

    *We want to make sure this trip will be a go by mid-October so please hold on submitting tax credit payments until after we have officially confirmed the trip. Confirmation of the trip will happen when it reaches 25 paying participants.

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  • Optional Cost (when enrolling)

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    When registering you'll see an invitation to participate in the tour company's Carbon Offset program called Taking Root with a $40 contribution. This is optional and you can click to not participate in that.

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  • What is the travel time?

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    There is a tentative itinerary at this point. Nothing final until the trip officially fills (by parent teacher conferences). 

    Travel from Phoenix to Lima on American Airlines

    Depart Phoenix June 2 8:45 am   Arrive Miami June 2 4:12 pm

    Depart Miami June 2 5:35 pm     Arrive Lima June 2  10:22 pm

    Travel from Lina to Cusco on Avianca Airlines

    Depart Lima June 3  5:00 pm     Arrive Cusco 10:22 pm

    Travel from Cusco to Lima on Avianca Airlines

    Depart Cusco June 10 5:00 pm  Arrive Lima 6:35 pm

    Depart Lima June 10 10:10 pm  Arrive Miami 5:09 am

    Depart Miami June 11 7:00 am  Arrive Phoenix 9:18 am

     

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  • Preparing for the Trip

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    We will have 2 additional informational meetings before departure with one being a workshop in traveling abroad, how to be open-minded, culturally appropriate practices in Peru.

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  • Restaurants

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    Names of official restaurants will be shared during the last stage of the pre-trip planning. All efforts are made to experience local authentic food. you can specify dietary restrictions when you enroll.

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  • Host Families

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    At this time, we have opted for the hotel stay during the Cusco part of the trip.

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  • What is the currency in Peru?

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    It is called "Sol" - its a good idea to download a currency exchange app or once you know the exchange rate, you can always just do the calculation yourself. Dollars are also accepted in some places, especially Lina and Cusco (bigger cities). Changing money at an ATM is ok.

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