SUMMER 2020 UPDATES


April 5th 2020:


Hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy.

As an update, the status of this summer's trips is still the same as last week. Our selection process is currently on hold and we'll be sending out weekly updates with the goal of making a final decision later this month.

Our team had a great discussion with Rein Teen Tours and other summer programs this past week and they, much like Trip of a Lifetime, are exploring all possible options. We also hosted our first Virtual Alumni meetup this past Sunday and had 15+ alumni join for some discussion and games. Speaking to our alumni always reminds me in the power of community and how a strong support network makes tough times just a bit easier.

Reach out with any questions and look out for the next update next week.

Best,
Stan Rosenberg
Trip of a Lifetime Founder



March 29th 2020:


Hi Everyone,

Hope you're having a nice weekend.

As an update, the status of this summer's trips is still the same as last week. Our selection process is currently on hold and we'll be sending out weekly updates with the goal of making a final decision no later than April 15th.

While all of us can't travel physically right now, it doesn't mean you can't stop still virtually exploring the world around you. Here's a great article listing some of the Best Virtual Trips you can take right now from your computer or smartphone. I personally would recommend the one of Japan.

Reach out with any questions and look out for the next update next weekend, if not sooner. Most importantly, hope you and your families are staying safe.

Best,
Stan


March 22nd 2020:


Dear Applicants, Parents, Counselors, Alumni, and Friends,

 

As you are all well aware, the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected all of our daily lives. Things we once took for granted such as going to school, family gatherings, and especially travel have been upended and the past few weeks have been like nothing I’ve ever experienced before in the 11 years Trip of a Lifetime has been operating.


After much consideration, our Board of Directors and I have decided to put our selection process for the Summer of 2020 on hold for the next few weeks.


First and foremost, we will not run any programs if it is deemed by medical experts to be unsafe. We are in close communication with our trip partners, and should their programs be rescheduled, our trips will be postponed too. We also acknowledge a lot can change in the coming days and weeks and understand that the need for travel experiences will be more important than ever. Our goal is to make a final decision about the status of these trips no later than April 15th and we will be sending out weekly email updates until then.

 

I want to give a big thank you to everyone that has stayed patient with us during this process. It is people like you that make Trip of a Lifetime possible.


To play our small part, our team has decided to donate $2,425 to the Donors Choose Keep Kids Learning Fund. This represents a $25 donation in honor of each of the 97 students that applied this summer and will help support supplies for schools in the Tri-State Area. We’ll also be reaching out to our academic partners in the coming days with additional grant opportunities to fuel virtual travel and learning experiences for their students and will be hosting a virtual alumni social next weekend.


If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach us by email at applications@projecttoal.org or by phone at 914-874-1051.


I hope you and your families stay safe and hopefully we will all get the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of travel once this is over.

 

Best,

Stan Rosenberg

Trip of a Lifetime Founder and Executive Director