Beyond Covid-19

Dear Vamonos community, educators, institutions, and partners,

The safety and wellbeing of our travelers is our top priority. Ever since our last tour ended on March 15, 2020, we’ve been diligently working around the clock processing thousands of cancellations and helping group leaders navigate these unprecedented waters. Our offices are currently open but all are working safely from home.

We believe in instilling confidence in our travelers by establishing quality and safety standards for travel providers. We are a proud member of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA), whose mission is to provide life enhancing travel experiences to students and young people. SYTA establishes quality and safety standards for travel providers and empowers members through advocacy, education, training and networking opportunities. In light of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, we are fully committed to providing continued safe guidance, expertise, and travel assistance for our customers when they begin to reschedule travel plans affected by this virus.

A coalition of industry groups, including the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA), has been active in pushing the United States government for financial support that would help the travel industry and its customers. Each trip can involve as many as 20 different vendors, each with their own policies for cancellations and refunds. We worked diligently with each to rebook or secure refunds where possible.

We know students are going to be traveling again, we are here when that planning begins. We believe in the positive impact that travel has on students. Domestic trips generally take 9 to 12 months to plan, and international trips may take up to 24 months, so we are working in anticipation that travel will begin to rebound once the crisis abates. We want to be ready to help students travel again.

Student and youth travel experiences are proven to increase independence, self-esteem, intellectual curiosity, cultural tolerance, self-expression, adaptability, and even a desire to seek higher education. Social impact of student travel changes young lives for good. According to the SYTA Student Travel Digest…

  • 74% of school teachers surveyed believe that travel has a very positive impact on a student’s personal development.
  • 56% of teachers believe that travel has a very positive impact on a student’s education and career.
  • The Digest also shows that over 70% of teachers believe that travel positively impacts students’ performance at school.
  • Teachers perceive travel as a remarkable opportunity for young people to get in touch with different cultures and communities outside of their usual environment — 74% see an increased tolerance of other cultures and ethnicities. 66% believe international travel increases students’ tolerance and respect.

Let us help you start planning that next trip, we are here to help! In the meantime, stay tuned for our new virtual travel product, ViVamonos, coming very soon.

Sincerely,

Jorge Pardo