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Academic Achievers USA Sept 2020

Travel and Sport - Washington




Academic Achievers

Tour Type

12 Days


September 2020


Welcome to the tour page for Academic Achievers Tour to USA 2020

September 2020

On this page you will be given information, updates, documents and guidance to assist you in preparing for your child’s tour abroad. Please read the information provided and refer to the FAQ’s tab. If after reading all the relevant documents you still have questions, you are welcome to contact us.


Description United States of America
Base Tour Price PP R 56 118
Approx. Airport Tax R 5 500
Travel Insurance R 372
TOTAL R 61 990*
Notes on Price ·        Price is based on an exchange rate of R13.8: USD1

  • Optional add-on: 4 nights in Orlando is excluded and only available for a group of min. 20 pax doing the breakaway
  • Prices are valid for departure out of Cape Town, PE, East London, Durban and Johannesburg
  • All South African passport holders will need a visa (excl.)

*Subject to change


Booking Process:

To make a booking for your child/yourself kindly follow the easy steps below:

  • Step 1: Complete Booking Form

    Kindly follow the below link to complete the Online Booking Form.

    This form provides us with the necessary details to make tour arrangements for your child/you and is compulsory.

    Please select the following tour name from the School Tour drop down list on the booking page:

    (Tour consultant enters name here)

  • Step 2: Make Payment

    Make the deposit payment by no later than 28 February 2020


    Account Name : Freeworld Travel

    Bank Name : ABSA

    Bank Code : 632005

    Account type : Cheque

    Account number : 4070845967

    Payment ref: 19180 School Name  Initial Surname


    Payments made as per your tour’s payment schedule are non-refundable 

    *Please note terms & conditions apply

  • Step 3: Keep up with the payment schedule

    Please stay up to date with the payment schedule

    Main tour:

    Payment Dates Account Name: Freeworld Travel

    Bank Name: ABSA

    Bank Code: 632005

    Account type: Cheque

    Account number: 4070845967


    Payment ref:

    19180 School Name  Initial Surname

    Deposit Deadline 30 Oct 2019   R 9 500*
    2nd Payment 28 Feb 2020 R 10 500
    3rd Payment 30 Apr 2020 R 10 500
    4th Payment 30 May 2020 R 10 500
    5th Payment 30 Jun 2020 R 10 500
    Final Payment 31 Jul 2020 Balance

      Orlando Add-On:

    Booking Deposit Payment R3 000 30/01/2020 Secure flights and accommodation.
    2nd Instalment R3 500 28/02/2020 Tour Instalment
    3rd Instalment R3 500 30/04/2020
    4th Instalment R3 500 30/05/2020
    Balance Instalment Adjusted Outstanding Amount 31/07/2020 Final payments of airport taxes and reconciliation of exchange rates.


                                      *Please note terms & conditions apply

    *Deposits are non-refundable

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Each person travelling will be required to have the following documents:


A valid passport:

Each person travelling needs to have a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the return date back to South Africa.

Travellers with other nationality passports who do not have a South African passport will be required to have:

  • A study visa valid for 6 months after the return date OR
  • A work visa valid for 6 months after the return date OR
  • A temporary residence permit valid for 6 months after the return date OR
  • A permanent residence permit

Travellers with dual citizenship will be required to have both passports valid for 6 months after the return date.

South African citizens can apply for a Passport at the Dept of Home Affairs.

Foreign citizens must apply at their country’s Embassy / Consulate


Unabridged Birth Certificate: 

Each child under the age of 18 travelling will be required to have an Unabridged Birth Certificate.

Please note that the Unabridged Birth Certificate contains both parents’ full names and surname as well as their ID numbers along with the child’s details.

This rule was implemented by the Dept of Immigration and commenced at the beginning of June 2015. Minors who do not have their unabridged birth certificate will NOT be allowed through immigrations in South Africa – departing and arriving.

If your child is not yet 18 years of age and do not have such a birth certificate, please apply now.  The processing of the document can take several months, so it is of utmost importance that all students apply for it now.

All documents need to be in English. If they are not in English, they need to be OFFICIALLY TRANSLATED to an English document.

South African citizens can apply for an Unabridged Birth Certificate at the Dept of Home Affairs.

Foreign citizens must apply at their country’s Embassy / Consulate


Immigration Documents:

For a child under the age of 18 to enter/exit the country, passport control at the airports will request to see certain documents. These documents need to be prepared and taken with on tour.

Please see below required documents:

  • Certified copy of Unabridged Birth Certificate of the child
  • Parental Consent Affidavit (Home Affairs form – must be stamped and signed by a commissioner of oath)
  • Certified copy of mother ID / female legal guardian
  • Certified copy of father ID / male legal guardian
  • In case of a deceased parent/s, a certified copy of the death certificate/s
  • In case of adopted children, certified copies of the court documents proving adoption
  • In case of legal guardianship, certified copies of court documents proving legal guardianship

Important Notes and Instructions

  • The immigration requirements apply to all children that will not be 18 years of age by the day before departure.
  • For the immigration requirements, the stamps which certify the copied document, needs to be original with the original signature of the officer / commissioner of oath.
  • This means that no scanned and e-mail documents will be accepted for this purpose.
  • Kindly note that a certified copy or commissioner of oath stamp is only valid for three months.

Further instructions regarding the immigration documents will be given through at a later stage such as the accompanying adult’s details. Please note that these documents are very important and passport control is strict. The child will not be allowed to exit/enter the country without the proper documentation.


A valid visa:

Please see below all the relevant details regarding the visa required:

  • Academic Achievers Tour to the USA 2018

    Me. Ingrid Knoetze en vyf van ons skool se leerders het as deel van Travel and Sport se Academic Achievers Tour die VSA besoek.

    Wat ‘n ongelooflike ervaring was dit nie om instansies soos MIT, Yale, Harvard en Princeton te besoek!


    Me. Ingrid Knoetze
    Hoërskool Waterkloof

  • Academic Achievers USA 2016

    Thanks so much for the incredible opportunity to go with and be a part of such a well-planned tour. I found it so refreshing not to worry about anything as it was all so well planned.

    Airport procedures on the departure day, I found these to be well organized from T&S side. The challenges of delayed flights was nothing that could be prepared for.

    Hotels, breakfasts, room quality, check in procedures and location of hotels were absolutely stunning! Wow!

    Bus quality & drivers were fantastic!

    Excursions and places visited were thoroughly enjoyed! Favourite was 911, tour guides were incredible.

    Communication between Travel & Sport & the tour leaders during the tour was great! SIM cards were a real win. We knew at all times that we could contact you guys. Breakfast communication start for the day was really good.

    Overall tour experience was absolutely fantastic! So many incredible memories!

    Thanks again! I would never have been able to go to America without an opportunity like this and I’m totally blown away.

Travel and Sport Tour Operator

Natasha Erasmus

Travel and Sport Accounts

Irma Markram

Click on the button below for frequently asked questions

Why tour?

Benefits for the learner:

  • Tour safely in a controlled environment surrounded by your friends

  • Holistic student development, build self confidence, maturity and independence

  • Broaden horizons and increase tolerance and respect for other cultures

  • Bring your textbook to life

  • Improve teacher-learner relationship