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WorldStrides is a company that organizes student travel packages for schools in the United States. It was founded as Lakeland Tours in 1967 by a middle school social studies teacher. <ref>{{cite web|title=About Worldstrides|url=http://www.worldstrides.org/about/|author=|work=|publisher=Worldstrides|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=December 12, 2011}}</ref> WorldStrides is a privately held American company, owned by The Carlyle Group, Charlesbank Capital Partners, and Silverhawk Capital Partners.<ref>{{cite web|title=The Carlyle Group Makes Majority Investment in Student Travel Organization, WorldStrides|url=http://www.carlyle.com/news-room/news-release-archive/carlyle-group-makes-majority-investment-student-travel-organization-w|publishdate=October 5, 2011|accessdate=August 8, 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Charlesbank Capital Partners Acquires WorldStrides|url=http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060104005685/en/Charlesbank-Capital-Partners-Acquires-WorldStrides|author=|work=BusinessWire|publisher=|publishdate=January 4, 2006|accessdate=August 7, 2012}}</ref>   
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'''WorldStrides''' is a company that organizes student travel packages for schools in the United States. It was founded as Lakeland Tours in 1967 by a middle school social studies teacher. <ref>{{cite web|title=About Worldstrides|url=http://www.worldstrides.org/about/|author=|work=|publisher=Worldstrides|location=|publishdate=|accessdate=December 12, 2011}}</ref> WorldStrides is a privately held American company, owned by The Carlyle Group, Charlesbank Capital Partners, and Silverhawk Capital Partners.<ref>{{cite web|title=The Carlyle Group Makes Majority Investment in Student Travel Organization, WorldStrides|url=http://www.carlyle.com/news-room/news-release-archive/carlyle-group-makes-majority-investment-student-travel-organization-w|publishdate=October 5, 2011|accessdate=August 8, 2012}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Charlesbank Capital Partners Acquires WorldStrides|url=http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060104005685/en/Charlesbank-Capital-Partners-Acquires-WorldStrides|author=|work=BusinessWire|publisher=|publishdate=January 4, 2006|accessdate=August 7, 2012}}</ref>   
  
 
==Move to Charlottesville==
 
==Move to Charlottesville==

Revision as of 14:35, 9 August 2012

WorldStrides
Type Student travel organization
Founded 1967
Headquarters Charlottesville
No. of locations 14
Employees 500

WorldStrides is a company that organizes student travel packages for schools in the United States. It was founded as Lakeland Tours in 1967 by a middle school social studies teacher. [1] WorldStrides is a privately held American company, owned by The Carlyle Group, Charlesbank Capital Partners, and Silverhawk Capital Partners.[2][3]

Move to Charlottesville

WorldStrides moved into its new headquarters in the Waterhouse building in downtown Charlottesville in November 2011. The Charlottesville Economic Development Authority provided some of the financing through tax increment financing. [4]

Divisions

WorldStrides consists of four main divisions, announced in summer 2011 as a major rebranding for the company.[5]

WorldStrides DiscoverNow! programs

WorldStrides DiscoverNow! programs are history, science, and career-focused programs in destinations like Washington, D.C., New York City, Williamsburg, California, Florida, and Costa Rica.

WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs

WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs are performing trips for high school bands, choirs, orchestras, marching bands, and dance and cheer teams. Destinations include a variety of college bowl games, Carnegie Hall, and music festivals around the United States.

WorldStrides Capstone programs

WorldStrides Capstone programs are custom global programs for graduate and undergraduate students. These programs are customized for each business or professional school. Options offered include business meeting planning, visa support, and custom planning services.

WorldStrides International Division

WorldStrides International Division is made up of Casterbridge Tours and NETC. These companies, acquired by WorldStrides in 2011 and 2012, respectively, create global programs for high school, church, and alumni groups.

Special Programs Operated by WorldStrides

Special Programs operated by WorldStrides include specialized travel experiences such as the American High School Theatre Festival, International Collegiate Theatre Festival, Boy Scouts of America Jamboree, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and the Center for Civic Education. New Worlds Emerge programs for individual high school travelers visit destinations like Europe and China.


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References

  1. Web. About Worldstrides, Worldstrides, retrieved December 12, 2011.
  2. Web. The Carlyle Group Makes Majority Investment in Student Travel Organization, WorldStrides, October 5, 2011, retrieved August 8, 2012.
  3. Web. Charlesbank Capital Partners Acquires WorldStrides, BusinessWire, January 4, 2006, retrieved August 7, 2012.
  4. Web. Economic Development News - November-December 2011, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 12, 2011.
  5. Web. WorldStrides Announces Rebranding of Divisions, PR Web, August 17, 2011, retrieved August 8, 2012.

External Links

WorldStrides.org