Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following questions are most frequently asked by parents and students. Select a tab below to read more.
Dream Big hosts many types of student travel events such as local, regional and national college campus tours, educational field trips, class trips, senior trips, and specialized educational travel events to cities such as Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, & Boston, Ivy League tours, College Prep Boot Camps, STEM field trips, and more! These are all educational programs under the umbrella of Dream Big Youth Travel, Inc. Each of these programs offers students an opportunity to engage in hands-on, interactive activities that focus on academic, leadership, personal, and college readiness development. Skills that are targeted are: geography, map skills, team building, American history, U.S. government, civics, social studies, communication skills, public speaking, technology, problem solving, role playing, and critical thinking. Through our creative formats, students leave with a plethora of new skills and knowledge to help them build toward a successful future.
Dream Big is a tuition-based, self-supported educational program, with many students securing financial support through fundraising efforts.
Dream Big is a student & youth travel company based in metro-Atlanta, GA. With a combined 30 years of experience educating youth, the founding members created Dream Big to provide educational support programs and services for students. By offering local and national college tours, college preparatory workshops/seminars, educational travel, publications, and individualized college/life coaching, Dream Big is at the forefront of educating, empowering, and equipping young people to set extraordinary personal goals, operate with high moral and ethical standards, and perform with unprecedented academic and professional excellence.
Dream Big offers travel programs for students in grades 3 – 12. Students must demonstrate academic promise and an interest in a college education. Dream Big looks for the high achievers and the students who show potential to become high achievers. Some programs require a minimum GPA. Generally speaking, a school, church, or organization contracts with Dream Big to create a tailored program designed specifically for the youth of a particular organization. Then, students are invited by their organization to sign up. Participants must be academically and socially capable of functioning in an environment that requires an age-appropriate level of maturity, independence, and responsibility.
Tuition covers the expenses incurred in planning and implementing the program. Included in the tuition costs are transportation, lodging, some meals, some curriculum materials, and compensation for the directors. Students will need additional money for some meals (see itinerary), souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.
For participants who are interested in fundraising to help offset the cost of tuition, Dream Big has prepared a fundraiser letter that is available upon request.
Generally, yes there are a limited number of spaces available for each event, based upon the mode(s) of transportation that have been selected. Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students and staff reside with accredited hotels with ratings of 3-stars or better. Your tour coordinator will provide you with specific lodging information 2-4 weeks prior to your travel event. In most instances, groups stay in suite-style hotels which comfortably sleep 4 to 6 students per suite. Students are generally allowed to select their roommates. Private rooms, Doubles, & Quads are available upon request for an additional cost.
Students are closely supervised. Our staff includes program directors and tour facilitators. Students are closely monitored from the time they board the buses by chaperones at a ratio of 10-to-1. Students are accounted for, are required to participate in all activities, and must stay with the tour group at all times unless written permission is given by a student’s parent. Chaperones take attendance several times a day at every event site and perform room checks every evening. Students are expected to remain in their rooms and are given instructions of what to do in the event someone becomes ill or has an emergency at night. Chaperones greet students at the point of departure and remain with students until all students have been picked up once the group returns to the point of departure. We only provide single-sex lodging.
Participants will be provided a full detailed itinerary upon registration. Times and venues are subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Breakfast: Participants will have the opportunity to eat breakfast each morning at the hotel during the allotted times ONLY.
The cost of breakfast each day (with the exception of in-route meals) is included in the cost of the trip. If a student misses breakfast, there will not be an opportunity to eat until lunchtime. Therefore, we advise that students plan to wake up early enough to shower, dress, and eat breakfast before we depart for the day’s activities. Students are also welcome to keep snacks and bottled waters in their backpacks to enjoy during the day.
Lunch/Dinner: Some lunches and dinners may be included in the cost of your trip. Groups have the option to purchase gift cards from Dream Big for meals. Please see your itinerary. Lunch and dinner venues are subject to change. We typically choose meal venues that allow students to have many choices and options for meal selections.
Vegetarian options are always available. If your student has food allergies or needs to avoid certain foods for health or religious reasons, please indicate it on your STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM or contact our office.
Still have a question? This information covers all of the basics. If you have any questions prior to your departure, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help! We appreciate the opportunity to help you….DREAM BIG!
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