2023 Ireland Trip Info!

Incoming 9th Grade Parent With Questions?

We look forward to having your student in the band and hope they are able to participate in this awesome experience with us! You can enroll them in the trip right now (which helps spread out the payments) or wait until the fall. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions! You can also talk to our 8th grade parent liaison, Mrs. Samantha Murray. She is our media specialist and her daughter is currently in 8th grade, so she is eager to help answer your questions as you transition to the high school. Her email is shmurray@volusia.k12.fl.us.

Currently we are on wait list.

Currently we on a wait list as the tour is full.  Please reach out to Mr. Martin as soon as possible if you would like to join us for the Ireland Trip. 

The very last day to signup will be Sept. 1st, 2022.

Additional Info

What will I need to bring?

 

Identification and Money

  • Passport – Make sure it is up to date and does not expire before OCTOBER 2023. (Passports must be valid for 6 months after your return home for you to travel.)

  • Photo ID – driver’s license or school ID if you do not have a driver’s license

  • ATM DEBIT CARD with VISA or MASTERCARD LOGO (NO AMERICAN EXPRESS or traveler’s checks). Check with your bank in advance for exchange rates. The amount of money your student needs on the tour will depend upon how much they typically spend on snacks and souvenirs. Students will need a minimum of $200 to cover lunch each day, dinner two nights, snacks and drinks. Ireland uses the Euro, so you are encouraged to go to your bank in advance to have some money exchanged into Euros. There will be a money exchange at the airport and various ATMs available, but when travelling with 100+ other people we can make our own long lines at some of these places. Even if your student has cash, they will still need a debit card/credit card for emergencies. Please purchase a money belt or lanyard to keep money, cards, and passports safe and talk to your student about your expectations related to money.

 

What to Pack

  • Everyone can check 1 suitcase. Everyone is allowed 1 carry-on and 1 personal Item on the airline

  • Bring a watch! Group travel is different from family travel. You are traveling with over 100 other people, so it is very important for you to be mindful of the time to ensure everyone is on time. Remember, if you are on time you are late!

  • Bring a phone with a quality camera or an actual camera. Wifi will be available in the lobby of most hotels, but check with your phone carrier about international rates before you use your phone in Ireland.

  • You will need a travel plug adapter for Ireland. You may also need a voltage adapter, but if all you will plug in is a phone and you have the original charging cable (not a cheap replacement), you will only need the adapter.

  • Our hotels will have hair dryers. If you bring a hair dryer, flat iron, or curling iron you will need to purchase one that is dual voltage to plug it in in Ireland. Or you will need a voltage adapter.

  • Sweaters/ jacket/ layered clothing. Dress for weather between 38 degrees – 65 degrees. Weather can change in an instant. Be prepared for wind! When we get to Dingle and Aran Islands – Sweaters and Scarves Galore to Purchase! You might want to but a souvenir sweater or jacket.

What About Covid?

Latest COVID-19 and pandemic travel advisories from the Irish Government.

AS of: March 15, 2022

  • Travelers are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test result to enter Ireland.

  • No vaccine is required.

  • There are no COVID-19 or pandemic restrictions in Ireland.