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How Teachers Can Travel For Free as a Student Group Leader

How Teachers Can Travel Free... and even Earn Cash Stipends... by Leading a Group of Students on an Educational Trip.


Group Leaders Travel FREE

ACIS Group Leaders travel for free with six full-paying participants. First time group leaders travel free with only five full-paying participants.

Global Conferences

Global Conferences have earned the reputation as the highlight of the year for group leaders. We'll whisk you away for fun and adventure as only ACIS can. You qualify for the free conferences based on when you register and the size of your group. Conference destinations span the world, from Thailand to Paris to Hawaii. Each conference includes airfare, accommodations, breakfasts and more. Learn more about this year's Global Conferences.

If you're too busy to spend another weekend away, we'd still like to reward you for getting a group together.

Cash Stipend

Once you've signed up more than six full-paying participants, you are eligible to receive a cash stipend—pocket money for your trip. Your stipend is calculated using the number of participants who travel with you and is based on the full price program fee, regardless of your registration date. You may choose to use stipend points toward bringing assistants, for example with 12 participants you and an assistant may travel for free or just you will get a free trip plus a cash bonus. CLICK HERE for details


Passports recognizes the valuable contributions of its group organizers not only with careful and congenial support, not only with free travel, but with generous professional stipends and benefits payable as a function of group size.

Free travel The basic benefit: travel free anywhere in the world with six (6) full-paying participants.

Earn generous cash stipends or extra free spots for co-counselors for more than six (6) participants. It's possible for one group organizer to earn over $10,000 in addition to the free trip!

International cell phone Just because you're out of the country, doesn't mean you have to be out of touch with those back home. passports is pleased to provide an international cell phone with $20 call credit to all our group organizers. All cell phones come equipped with a camera and the ability to upload your mobile photos directly to your tour page. Great for friends and family back home!

Travel free with five. Didn't quite get the six (6) students? Not to worry, passports first-timers can travel free with five (5). Certain restrictions apply.

Family and faculty discount Spouses, children and faculty members travel at a 20% discount.

Referral rewards Refer a new group organizer and earn up to $1,250! Click here for details. Certain "ground rules" apply.

Veteran teacher credit Like frequent flyer miles: group organizers who've traveled with passports five times or more will receive a yearly financial credit applicable to group travel services, or to individual travel service upgrades while overseas.


"Faculty, teachers, professors, instructors, group organizes and accompanying persons! is very interested in providing a complimentary trip to Cuba for each of those people who do all the work in order to build a tour with our collaboration and recruit the group to make the trip a success. We therefore make every effort to assure that the person(s) who is responsible for the group is on-the-spot in Cuba free of charge and works closely with our Cuban partners to make sure that everything goes smoothly, even though it is the responsibility of".

"In Cuba, all escorts will be in daily contact throughout the trip with the most professional bilingual Cuban guides and instructors."

"We therefore have a very flexible complimentary trip policy. It depends on each group, and it is on request according to the needs of the person or persons doing the work to build the group and the tour. We can work the complimentary trip into any type of group trip, and irrespective of the size. Our minimum group requests allow for fifteen people. There is no maximum."

Encore Tours

Encore Tours™ is the performance division of ACIS Educational Tours, the quality leader in educational travel since 1978. Encore Tours customizes each performance tour, creating the perfect balance between rehearsals, performances and sightseeing. Let Encore Tours bring your choral, instrumental, dance or theater group to the world stage today!

Whether you're a choir or band, dance troupe or orchestra, Encore Tours™ can design a customized performance tour that meets all your performing objectives. On an Encore tour, your ensemble enjoys dynamic performance venues and guaranteed audiences. So come explore and experience firsthand the birthplace of the world's most inspiring music, art, dance and literature.

Group Leaders Travel FREE. Encore accommodates each group's individual need for chaperones. FREE trips are rewarded to group leaders based on a specially created free-trip ratio; for a certain number of registered passengers, free trips are offered to your chaperones. We are happy to discuss your many options and help you commit to a ratio that works for you and your group.

Earn A Cash Stipend In addition to FREE travel, you can earn cash stipends. These stipends are calculated according to the number of people who travel with you and the cost of the trip you choose. Call your Encore Tours Representative at 1.877.460.3801 to discuss the details!

Referral Bonus If you refer a group leader in your department or community to Encore Tours and a travel group forms - enjoy a Referral Bonus!


Cheap and Free Travel

Retire in style on a tropical Caribbean Island on $800 a month?  Discover the new "Margaritaville"... and retire in style on your SS check!

Travel Cheap by Exchanging Homes.  You can travel anywhere in the world for the cost of your plane fare or gas ... by setting up a house exchange in advance.  You can even exchange an RV... or an apartment... or a yacht.

Travel for Free as a Tour Leader.  Organize a safari... or a scuba diving tour... or cruise the world. We have found travel agencies who are ACTIVELY seeking tour leaders.  Some of them even provide extensive promotional help... including brochures and websites.

Teachers Travel Free Leading Educational Trips. Cash stipends often available.

Travel Free as a Church Tour Leader  Earn a free trip or cruise or pilgrimage... and in some cases earn as much as $10,000 per trip for you or your church by organizing and leading a tour.

Travel Free and Earn Cash as a College Campus Rep. Promote Spring Break Travel on your campus, and earn trips and cash. 

Free Trips and Cash as a High School Trip Organizer.  Top organizers earn $10,000.

Free Trips to Israel

Free Gay and Lesbian Travel

Free Travel Directory 

Home Exchange Directory

Article: How to Travel for Free 

Budget Las Vegas Travel Where to find cheap hotels, meals, and entertainment.

Cheap Las Vegas Restaurants  Buffets and other cheap places to dine.


Every trip booked with Explorica includes our Basic Rewards package to make sure you get the most out of your tour.

  • Get a Free Tour.  Group Leaders always travel free with Explorica.
  • Choose your Chaperones.  Customize your chaperone ratio and bring as many adults as you need.  We recommend one chaperone for every six students, but we let you adjust your Tour Fee so you can bring along as many free chaperones as you like.
  • Choose a Cash Reward.  If you decide you don’t need many chaperones, you can choose cash rewards instead.  Use your cash stipend to treat your students to a special night out during the tour, to refund part of their Tour Fees or as compensation for your extra workload.
  • Take Family & Colleagues with You.  Get a 15% discount on the Tour Fee of any family members or colleagues who accompany you on the trip.
  • Attend Explorica Group Leader Training in London, Paris or Rome.  Get a free trip to London, Paris or Rome to learn all about how to lead your first educational tour, meet other teachers who love to travel and get insider tips from experienced Explorica staff and veteran Group Leaders. 

Vagabond Tours

Organizing your group made simple...
"We can help you to easily provide your students and their parents with information about the trip. We will provide you with a customized flyer outlining the itinerary and trip details. You can handle sign-ups however you wish, but we can customize a website specifically for your group departure that will allow students to sign up and pay for their trip on-line! You may access the information on-line at any time. We also offer payment plan options for people who want to make a series of payments rather than a deposit and then one large balance."

Chaperones travel free!
"One free place is offered for every ten paying students."

Enjoy a worry and hassle-free tour...
"A tour escort will be with you throughout the entire tour and will take care of any and all included sightseeing admissions, hotel accommodations or pre-arranged meals. This allows the chaperones to focus on the students and enables them to enjoy the tour without worrying about any of the arrangements."


Visit Canada

VISIT CANADA is a New England-based organization that specializes in the planning of highly structured, educational and cultural tours. They also operate Winged Victory USA (see below).

"VISIT CANADA is North America's leading operator of domestic educational tours for students of foreign languages. We are also America's leading operator of educational tours to Canada."

"VISIT CANADA has operated educational tours for more than 50,000 students, including field trips to Montréal and Québec City for students and teachers of French, band and choral performance tours to Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa and Toronto, general educational and theatre trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls, and beginning in the fall of 2004, VISIT CANADA will offer three- and four-day general educational and class trips to Vancouver, British Columbia."

"VISIT CANADA also specializes in large group trips (of as many as 250 students and teachers), as well as safe and sensible eighth grade trips and senior class trips."

"... our prices will include the cost of one complimentary chaperone for each 10 paying students...."

"If you do decide to make a group reservation with our Company, a confirmation kit, including tour documents, a Group Leaders' Manual, a Parent Meeting Agenda and our copyrighted Safety Manual will be mailed to you within a few days. (Our School Fund raising Manual is also available upon request.) "

"A VISIT CANADA representative will then call you a day or two after it should have arrived to confirm that you have received it, and to explain anything among its contents that you might not understand. "

Smithsonian Student Travel

"... Like the Smithsonian, it is our mission to make knowledge accessible to as many Americans as possible. We want every student to be able to experience the best of our country’s history and heritage. That’s why we offer all-inclusive class trips for $200 to $400 less than our competitors. Plus, teachers travel for free!..."


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