Flights and Travel
How do flights work?
We want to offer the safest and simplest travel options for our students (and parents), so all STRIVE high school students will travel to their program country as a group from our pre-determined US departure airport.
All STRIVE participants will meet their leader at the chosen check-in desk at the group’s US departure airport at least 4 hours before their international flight’s departure. Airports will be decided on an annual basis but are usually New York’s JFK for STRIVE-Kenya and Miami, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, or Washington Dulles for STRIVE-Peru. Families are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the departure airport, though STRIVE staff can assist in these bookings as well.
Students will be accompanied on their flight to their program country where their leader will help the group navigate passport control and customs and meet the rest of the staff. The group will fly together from to their final destination in country.
On the return flight, students will be chaperoned out of their program country, through passport control, and back into the USA at the same airport whence they left. Staff will help direct students to the appropriate terminals for their flights to return home.
Will I be contacted when my child meets the group or arrives in-country?
Yes! All students are required to call home (and at least leave a message) once they’ve met up with their group leaders in the international departure airport. Once they are with the group, STRIVE staff will email all parents and post on social media with updates on the group’s travels, including safe arrival in country, completion of the domestic flight leg, and arrival in the program’s home base.
Do I have to travel with the group?
Unless you have extenuating circumstances, the answer is yes. We found that many parents prefer that their children travel the international leg of their itinerary as part of the STRIVE group and under staff supervision. Moreover, STRIVE is able to book large blocks of seats to ensure that all our students can travel on the same flights both to their program country and then domestically once in-country with one another and their leaders. In order to offer this, it’s necessary that all students travel together.
That said, there are some extenuating circumstances in which students would be allowed to travel all the way to their program country on their own. For example, students traveling from outside of the USA to their program country can travel directly to the program country’s main international airport (Lima or Nairobi) to be met group leaders and join the group.
If you have any questions about the flight process, please contact us. We’re happy to discuss the process and try to make things work as simply as possible for your family.
Are my international and domestic flights included in the program fee?