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Ms. Stacie SchantzMs. Amanda Vandegrift Group Leader Assistant Group Leader Insider’s France July 6-16, 2012.

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1 Ms. Stacie SchantzMs. Amanda Vandegrift Group Leader Assistant Group Leader Insider’s France July 6-16, 2012

2 Agenda Why travel? Who is ACIS? A Typical Day Learning Objectives Cultural Connections Trip itinerary What’s Included Extra Benefits Cost Automatic Payments Option Protection Plans Next Steps Questions and Answers

3 Why Travel? Whether exploring the Louvre in Paris, riding horseback through a cloud forest in Costa Rica, standing atop the Great Wall in China, or ordering tapas in Madrid, ACIS students: Acquire skills and knowledge that prepare them for future success in college and careers Gain global perspective, cultural awareness, independence and responsibility Develop a spirit of discovery and love of learning that lasts a lifetime “The trip was absolutely amazing. It has convinced me to study abroad. It couldn’t have turned out better!” — Amanda Kesner, ACIS Participant, New Jersey

4 Premier provider of the highest quality educational tours since 1978 Division of AIFS, the leader of international education programs since 1964 Financially secure institution with more than $130 million in annual revenue Wherever you are, ACIS is there: We have offices in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Sacramento, London and Paris, with affiliate offices in Rome and Madrid and local representation at every destination ACIS travels to. Who is ACIS? ACIS Report Card 98% Rate overall satisfaction good to excellent 99% Rate educational content good to excellent 97% Rate ACIS Tour Managers good to excellent Percentages for travel in 2009

5 A Typical Day 7:30-8:45Start your day with breakfast in your hotel 9:00-12:00Enjoy a morning activity such as city sightseeing or a bicycle tour 12:00-1:00Lunch. Your group may choose to take a tour manager’s suggestion for the best pizza/crepes/paella in town or browse a local market and picnic in the park 1:00-3:00Participate in a Cultural Connection designed to immerse you in the local culture, or use an ACIS Walking Tour to explore a museum or sight 3:00-6:00Free time to shop for souvenirs, explore local neighborhoods or relax in a town square 6:30-7:30 Time for dinner 7:30-11:00An evening activity such as a boat ride, a show or concert, or a Culture Quest will keep you entertained – or enjoy activities as organized by your group leader

6 Learning Objectives 1.Gain a sense for the importance of culinary traditions in France by partaking in a cheese tasting and sampling traditional meals. 2.Gain a wider understanding of the evolution of the French Châteaux of the Loire, from simple fortress to graceful residence and subsequently be better able to assess Versailles and its role in the build up to the French Revolution. 3.Compare and contrast the lifestyles of city-dwelling Parisians with the lifestyles of those who inhabit smaller fishing villages in France's northwest corner. Each trip includes specific Learning Objectives that are highlighted during the tour and which will help you reflect on the history and cultures of the place you are visiting! During your trip you will:

7 Paris Culture Quest Versailles by Bike Loire Valley Culture Quest Fromagerie Tour and Tasting Pétanque Lesson Cooking Lesson in Paris On every tour itinerary, ACIS has included Cultural Connections—interactive experiences that enable students to engage with the places, people and cultures they are visiting! Learn more about the Cultural Connections on your tour at

8 Trip Itinerary Day 1 | Overnight Flight Bon Voyage! Your ACIS Tour Manager will meet you at the airport and welcome you abroad.

9 Trip Itinerary Days 2-3 | Paris Bienvenue to the City of Light! During your visit to Paris you will: Enjoy a sightseeing tour that shows you Paris’ famous sites. Explore the shops and neighborhoods the locals frequent. Explore the artistic and cultural neighborhood of Montmartre as you compete in a Culture Quest

10 Days 4-5 | Loire Valley Explore the Châteaux of the Loire Valley! First visit Versailles, Louis XIV’s magnificent palace, and explore the gardens by bike! Visit Chenonceau with its exquisite Renaissance design. See the château of Amboise and spend free time exploring this town. Finally discover mighty Chambord, the creation commissioned by François I. Enhance your understanding of the region by way of a Loire Valley Culture Quest! Trip Itinerary

11 Days 6-7 | Dinan/Rouen Step back in History! This morning discover the Normandy coast on the way to the lovely island monastery of Mont St. Michel! Learn about important WWII history firsthand as you visit the American War Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach. Stop at a Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting of one of France’s most famous products – Camembert! Explore Rouen’s Notre Dame Cathedral and learn about how the bravery of Joan of Arc inspired the French people.

12 Trip Itinerary Days 8-9 | Paris Return to the City of Light! Visit the Louvre – the most famous museum in the world and home to the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory. Enjoy an illuminated evening boat ride along the Seine and enjoy the best view of Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower! Explore the Jardin du Luxembourg where you will learn to play the traditional French game of Pétanque. Your final day also includes a hands-on lesson in French cooking.

13 Trip Itinerary Days 10 | Paris Spend part of the day visiting Claude Monet’s house in Giverny Explore Monet’s house and gardens, which inspired many of his paintings Return to Paris for some last minute souvenir shopping, crepes or photo opportunities Last night to spend with group! (Dinner on our own…NOT included in price)

14 Day 11 | Fly home Au revoir! Trip Itinerary

15 What’s Included Round-trip flights on commercial airlines Service of an ACIS Tour Manager—a highly trained, multilingual guide, educator and travel expert who provides educational commentary and activities and manages travel logistics Daily continental breakfasts and dinners Accommodations in three- and four-star conveniently located hotels Surface transportation and airport transfers Excursions and activities as indicated in your tour itinerary, including comprehensive walking tours and Cultural Connection activities Basic Protection Plan which provides medical coverage and cancellation insurance Job Loss Protection included on every tour 24-hour global support network and on-call emergency service

16 TripStream Take your family and friends along with you as ‘virtual’ guests! Your tour manager will be sending updates each day of your activities ACIS’ Travel is Education Scholarship Contest awards students up to $1,000 off their tour ACIS backpack and luggage tags Destination Information— is loaded with information on what to pack, souvenir suggestions and more. Plus, an informative and fun ACIS Travel Journal to bring along on tour. ACIS eKit Global phonecards, which save you up to 70% on international phone calls, are available for purchase. ACIS Travel Prepaid Visa Cards are a secure and convenient way to access funds while on tour. Travel Essentials

17 Cost Program Fee$2819 Registration Fee$95 Estimated Departure Fee$529 Weekend Surcharge$50 Giverny Excursion$59 Extra day in Paris$209 Total$3761 + tip +bus? + spending money Additional fees: (some are optional) Adult Surcharge$95 Single Room Supplement $640 Double Room Supplement $280 Ultimate Protection Plan$250 Comprehensive Protection Plan$200 Le Train Bleu with Illumination Drive (dinner)$109 Recommended Tipping: Tour manager $5 per person/day Bus driver$3 per person/day Please note: Price is valid until April 1, 2011, with $195 deposit

18 Automatic Payments Option Automatic Payments makes planning your trip budget easy because your payments are spread out evenly, giving you more time to pay. Automatic Payment Advantages: FREE enrollment Avoid late fees 24/7 control over your trip budget and scheduled payments Even payment amounts over a longer period of time You can set your last payment to be processed as late as 45 days before you depart Bonus: All 2011 participants who enroll in Automatic Payments are entered into our contest to win a free trip! You choose a payment frequency (every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, monthly, or quarterly) and your payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. To sign up or to learn more about Automatic Payments visit My Account on and follow

19 Protection Plans Your ACIS Registration Fee includes Basic Protection coverage. For your peace of mind, we offer a range of enhanced protection plans from which you may choose. ACIS recommends that participants purchase the Ultimate Protection Plan designed specifically for your travel needs.

20 Fundraising We will offer fundraising opportunities (individual and / or group) over the next year and a half, however it is up to YOU to raise the funds necessary tor travel. The more motivated you are, the more money you can raise…but it’s up to YOU to start raising and saving money! (Many people- -including Ms. Schantz & Ms. Vandegrift-- have had to save for years to be able to travel abroad.) All fundraising money will be put into the France Travel Club account. We will send your fundraising money via check to ACIS to put towards your account balance. (We will meet with your periodically to go over your fundraising balance) If you fundraise and decide not to go on the trip (for whatever reason), your money remains in the France Travel Club account to be disbursed to the remaining travelers. You will NOT get a cash or check for this money. (This is customary for all QCSD travel clubs) Parents…if you are willing to help us with fundraisers or have ideas / connections for fundraisers, please let us know! We appreciate any and all help you can give us!

21 Next Steps Get paperwork (Signed QCHS Code of Conduct and Application) in to Ms. Schantz or Ms. Vandegrift as soon as possible (no later than the end of the day on Feb.25th) if you are serious about going to France. Late applications will NOT be considered for travel. We will be contacting your teachers, guidance counselors for student recommendations (if there is ANY question about your behavior, attitude, etc., you will NOT be going on this trip) **Remember—traveling is a privilege. We are looking for responsible students with a positive attitude to travel with us. If we can’t trust your behavior / attitude in the classroom, you will not be traveling with us to a foreign country. We will be inviting students to travel with us. You will receive an invitation to accompany us on this trip no later than March 7 th.

22 Next Steps When you receive your invitation to travel, you will receive a Registration Form. This form details important information about insurance, payment plans, refund policies, and the ACIS release clause. (You can also register online. We will give you the information necessary to do this.) If you choose to register using the paper form, you will need to return your form to Ms. Schantz or Ms. Vandegrift no later than March 24 th. I will mail them out together. (If we turn in our forms BEFORE April 1 st, we can save $400 on the cost of the trip) To register, you will need to submit $195 with your application (check, money order, or credit card—if registering online)…$95 is nonrefundable.

23 Next Steps Once registered, we will hold several meetings throughout the next year and a half, discussing the following topics: Fundraising (both individual and /or group) Passports French Language / Culture Luggage (size and how to pack) Safety while abroad Emergency Contacts (Phone chains) Cell phones Money Dress code / behavioral responsibilities Transport to / from Philly Airport

24 Thank you! Thank you for coming tonight! We enjoyed meeting you! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us via email (we can get back to you faster this way): Ms. SchantzMs. Vandegrift (Please include “France Trip” in the subject of your email) All documentation from tonight’s meeting and future meetings will be posted online at Ms. Schantz’s school website (QCSD, QCHS, Staff, Ms. Schantz, France Trip 2012). Thank you!

25 877-795-0813 Join the ACIS online community! ACIS Facebook Page ● ACIS YouTube Group ● ACIS MySpace Group ● ACIS Flickr Group

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