Important Trip Planning Details

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that the fall trimester has come and gone. The students had a great fall and have transitioned very well as new Gould students. It is now important to think about the winter trimester and that your sons and daughters will be traveling around the globe together in March to China or Tanzania for their first of many great Four Point experiences.

As we get we prepare for the ninth grade Four Point trips in March, it is necessary for me to receive specific documentation from all parents for the student visa application process.

It is very important to work on the list below as soon as possible and send the requested items to me by December 19th:

EACH STUDENT MUST PROVIDE:

  • A copy of his/her birth certificate;
  • The parents of the minor must provide a copy of each parent’s US Passport, drivers license or other government issued identification.
  • If the parents are not U.S. citizens, they must provide a copy of their U.S. status as well i.e. green card or other documentation stating their U.S. status.
  • Both parents must provide a notarized consent letter that states the child has permission to travel. (Gould will provide you with the letter that will need to be notarized once the groups are announced). This form will be sent to you and be available on the infoserver by November 25th.

REMINDER ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS:

Travelers to both China and Tanzania are required to have Hepatitis A and Typhoid, in addition to being up to date with routine Gould immunization requirements.  If you have not done this already, please use Thanksgiving or Winter Term break to acquire these immunizations while home and send documentation to the Gould Health Center. For those unable to do so, we will make arrangements to take care of this at school in January.

Students going to Tanzania should discuss with their doctor which is the best medication for them to prevent malaria.  Atovaquone-proguanil (Malarone), doxycycline, or mefloquine (Lariam) are appropriate antimalarials for this region. Talk to your doctor about short course antibiotics and loperamide to take with you in case of diarrhea while traveling as well.

A few costs that will show up on your school store account in the coming months include:

  • Immunizations will be billed to a student’s health insurance if applicable: approximately $300.
  • Med Jet Assist travel assistance and medical transfer insurance: approximately $125
  • Visa fee: approximately $150-200

LOGISTICS: I will be asking for your son’s and daughter’s early March plans soon so we can coordinate transportation to our Four Point destinations.

China Trip: Students assigned to the trip to China will be departing from Boston on March 13th and will arrive in Beijing on the 14th.  Students assigned to the China trip that are already in Asia leading up to the 14th may fly directly to Beijing to meet the group there.

Tanzania Trip: All students assigned to the trip to Tanzania must be in the Boston area by March 15th to be prepared for their departure on March 16th.

There will be options for those in the Bethel area to carpool to Boston for both trips.

REVIEW OF ACTION ITEMS:

  • Get passports to me by Dec 10th. If students need them for their winter break, I will return their passport to them on Dec 19th
  • Get all necessary visa related documents to me by December 19th
  • Watch for emails with documents for you to fill out and return
  • Schedule immunizations or let us know if you would like us to take care of this for you.
  • Visit the 9th grade Four Point Blog regularly to learn more about the trips. http://www.gouldacademy.org/fourpoint9/

Letters will go out soon with group information and we hope this letter helps you to understand the next steps in the preparation for these exciting adventures.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Chris Hayward

Director of Experiential Learning

haywardc@gouldacademy.org

207-824-7786

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