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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is this trip supervised? YES. HOBY staff and volunteers will be meeting students upon their arrival in Philadelphia. The student to chaperone ratio is 6:1. HOBY staff and chaperones will be with the students for the entire trip.

2. Is there a payment plan for the tour? YES! $95 Enrollment fee is due upon enrollment to secure your spot $1150 is due at the enrollment deadline of Dec. 27 $863 is due January 26th $862 is due February 25th

  • 3.

    What is the cancellation policy for this trip? Up to the enrollment deadline of December 27:

    • Full refund less the $95 Enrollment Fee, a $450 cancellation fee and the $135 insurance policy premium

December 18 – March 16:

  • Full refund less the $95 Enrollment Fee, 50% of the program fee and the $135 insurance policy

premium After March 17:

  • No refund will be issued

    • 4.

      What type of accommodations will the group be staying in?

We will be staying in hotels (not hostels) in each city. These are “student standard” hotels, with private baths in each room and all meet the criteria of safe, clean and comfortable. Students will be staying 3-4 to a room depending on the room configuration. As European hotels are a bit different than traditional American hotels, they typically have single beds, and may or may not have a television or phone in the room.

  • 5.

    Is there a limit to the amount of luggage that can be taken? It’s highly recommended that all tour participants pack light! International air carriers will allow for a single checked bag, and carry-on. ANY additional luggage fees (extra pieces or overweight bags) will be the responsibility of the student. Students will be responsible for their own luggage and that includes carrying it through the airport, to and from the ground transportation and in the hotel (keep in mind many European hotels do not have elevators).

  • 6.

    What sets the HOBY tours apart from other school tours? With HOBY’s emphasis on leadership, you can plan on having elements woven into the tour as time allows. Students should plan on daily reflection time as well as a variety of leadership activities throughout the trip.

  • 7.

    Are there any “hidden costs” we should now about? NO. The ONLY costs outside of the Tour Cost of $2970 is domestic travel to and from Philadelphia, lunch money each day and any spending money for gifts or souvenirs and any hotel “incidentals” such as phone calls or room service. ALL other costs are factored into the tour package.

  • 8.

    Who can I talk to about this?

You can contact Cheryl Brenn, HOBY’s Director of International Programs at 818-851-3980 ext 309 or via email at brennc@hoby.org; OR you can go to the EF Tours website and enter tour number: 576232.

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