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Everyone should always be with a buddy Everyone should always carry a hotel card with them
Hand out hotel cards as soon as you arrive at each hotel! Collect tips before you leave the USA!
What Is Not Included
Free time activities
Forms You’ll Want to Prepare
Sign out sheets
Alcohol permission slips ( if applicable)
Day 1: United States– Board your flight to Spain
Day 2: Madrid- Visit the capital of Spain and some of Pam, Elizah, Hannah and Joe’s favorite haunts like historic places, French fry bars and cave bars where we will sing Karaoke and eat tapas.
Day 3: Madrid– guided sightseeing tour, Reina Sophia Art Museum which houses the famous Guernica by Pablo Picasso. Optional: Flamenco evening.
Day 4: Travel to Burgos by way of Segovia. See the Alcazar where Columbus asked Isabella for the money to travel to America. Also see an original Roman aqueduct. Moving on to Burgos we will visit the cathedral and see some artifacts from El Cid, the greatest Spanish warrior and also see where Isabella and Ferdinand welcomed back Columbus from his trip to the New World.
Day 5: Bilbao- sightseeing tour and tapas Basque style with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum. This is a modern and contemporary art museum.
Day 6 : Excursion to San Sebastian. A seaside town in the very north of Spain. The queens of Spain summer here. Just beautiful.
Day 7: Visit Pamplona on the way to Barcelona. This is the sight of the famous running of the bulls. Arrive in Barcelona and enjoy the city by night.
Day 8: Guided sight seeing tour of Barcelona. Walking tour of Gaudi’s sights.
Day 9: Free day ion Barcelona or optional tour of Montserrat.
SIGN OUT SHEET
To Drink orNot To Drink? We recommend that chaperones not drink on duty Check with your school to see their alcohol policy Your alcohol permission form may not be adequate to protect you in a court of law
Bed Check 101: “Why is Mary in Jimmy’s room?” Make sure that there are at least one, but hopefully two, chaperones on duty each evening Leave the sign-out sheet at the hotel desk On duty chaperones should maintain a visible presence Don’t give students any more than two hours of free time Be firm about curfew Set limits and stick to them Check their rooms at curfew and talk to them to make sure they are sober Don’t go to your room until there is quiet on all floors Don’t be shocked if night time is a pain in the neck Praise them on the bus in the morning if all went well Remember that you are working and not on vacation
Possible Stressful Situations What if: One of your travelers gets pick pocketed You lose a student Someone’s passport is expired when you get to the airport Someone has to stay behind because they are sick There is an emergency situation at home or abroad Something is broken in the hotel A traveler is late for the bus If you get sick Luggage gets lost A student misbehaves Homesick student A passport is stolen An ATM card does not work Hold on to the passports if you don’t want to spend a day in the embassy!!!!
Checkout the EF website for great tips on being a prepared Group Leader!
On Tour Group Leader Etiquette Meet with the other group leaders the first afternoon on the trip with the TD. Come to a common understanding of the different groups and their rules. WATCH YOUR KIDS! They are your responsibility not anyone else’s. Make sure IPod buds are out of their heads and that they are not talking when the TD is talking on the bus. You are the leader so be a leader. You set the tone and the kids follow your lead.