Choosing a School or Group Program
Best Time To Travel
Fall trips start off the school year with a community-strengthening experience. September and October are the BEST time of year to travel in New England. The second half of October and November find us in the Southern and Southwestern United States. Winter trips in February and March bring relief from cabin fever, and spice up the middle of the year. Spring trips celebrate the end of a year together as a class community. Ecuador, being on the equator, can be traveled in any time of the year. Often a program location restricts the time of year available for scheduling.
Length Of Your Trip
Program lengths vary based on trip themes, locations, and student ages. The depth of student experience is proportional to program length. As students settle into the rhythm of an expedition, they move beyond the initial discomfort of a new experience and become comfortable with a simple way of life. Programs for elementary students range from 3-6 days. Middle and high school students can be successful on longer expeditions. We recommend 3-5 days for basecamp programs, and 8-12 days for expedition programs.
Special wilderness places are best suited for small group sizes. National Forests and many parks limit group size. Certain rivers require small group travel for safety and lowest impact on the environment. Over the years we have mastered the art of mirroring small group experiences that enhance cooperation in the class as a whole. For these reasons, please note that we may have to split into two smaller groups depending on your class size and the location of your program.
The first step in planning your program is to make sure that there is a good fit between the needs of your class and what Kroka can offer. To ensure that our values align, please read our Safety page and handbook. Once you have familiarized yourself with what we do, it is best to have a phone conversation between the class teacher and a member of our staff. Once initial contact has been made, we will begin work together on creating a custom program for your class.
Our calendar is often full a year in advance. We may fit your group in on shorter notice as the schedule permits.
Pricing and payment
Prices are based on a minimum of 10 students participating plus one adult included for every 10 students. Prices vary based on the program location, size of the group, and length of the expedition. Please contact us for specific program prices. If needed, we are happy to work with your school to develop a payment plan that makes our programs affordable for your school.
A deposit is required to reserve a program. If you are scheduling more than 6 months in advance we request a deposit of 10%. A 50% deposit is due 6 months from your program start date and the remaining balance is due one month prior to the trip.