A Lifetime Experience
Alumni Travel Package
✔️ 10 days in Greece
✔️ Full Room & Board
✔️ Local Transportation
✔️ YCA Travel Kit & Apparel
✔️ YCA Affiliate Account
✔️ Your YCA URL
✔️ Advanced Certificate
✔️ Train to lead future YCA trips
Limited to 45 spots
Curriculum & Schedule
Your Plus YCA Journey to Excellence
- Date: Oct 27, 2021
- Format: Zoom Event
- Duration: 1 hr
- What: Program Intro
- Activity: Info session
- Take away: Program Expectations
- Alumni Christmas Party
- Date: Dec 15, 2021
- Format: Reception - Penrose House
- Duration: 1/hr
- What: Hopes & Dreams
- Learn: Acquainted with your Superpowers
- Take away: Personal Brand Framework
- Pre -Trip
- Date: June 1, 2022
- Format: Zoom Meeting
- Duration: 30-40min (depending on Q&A)
- What: All about upcoming YCA Trip
- Learn: What to expect, bring, last notes
- Take Away: Travel with confidence
- Become an Ambassador
- Date: June 20 until 29, 2021
- Format: Live Presents
- Location: Athens & Ancient Olympia, Greece
- Itinerary: Look for the detailed schedule in FAQ's
- What: International Travel & Real World Experience & Networking
- Learn: Synthesize all YCA learnings | Work in teams | Define personal brand
- Take away: Confidently to step into your future
New YCA Digital Campus & Community
It is an inclusive Learning Management System. Participants enter the program. They create an online profile from which they can track their progress, access all YCA materials and schedules, and communicate with their teams and other YCA fellows.
International Travel Itinerary
Arrivals in Athens, Greece
- Airport pick-ups (YCA team member will be at the airport to pick you up)
- Hotel check Inn in Athens
- Settle in, refresh, and prep for dinner
- Welcome dinner. we will treat you to local savor and sweet delights in Athens's ancient city accompanied by members of the Olympic family.
- Our day will start with a light workout/stretching session in the ancient city, where you will feel the vibe of Athens waking up.
- Breakfast will take place with a breathtaking view of the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena.
- Our day tours will take you to the top of the city for an up-close experience at the Parthenon; coming down from the Parthenon; you will walk where Socrates would once teach.
- Our afternoon will take us to the famous Acropolis Museum, where you will be introduced to the way of the ancient Athenian's life.
- Your evening will end with a greek dinner inspired by the meals of Ancient Greece.
Athens, Corinth, Ancient Olympia
- Enjoy another great Mediterranea breakfast with the view of the Parthenon and the Ancient Temple of Zeus.
- The day will start with a visit to the Olympic Stadium, the venue that hosted the modern Olympic Games of 1896.
- Then we will jump on our bus to head towards Corinth and Ancient Olympia.
- We will have late lunch at the Ancient city of Corinth after we visit the Ancient site.
- We will then travel to Ancient Olympia via a scenic route along the coastline.
- The evening will find you in the gardens of Ancient Olympia for dinner, olive tasting, and other local delights ancient Greek athletes would enjoy.
- After a slow morning, we will visit the sacred Olympic grounds and the Olympic Games' birthplace.
- Lunch will be held near the Ancient Site, and our host will be the Mayor of Ancient Olympia and other city officials.
- The afternoon will find you at the grounds of the amphitheater of the International Olympic Academy for a deep-dive session on the history of the Olympics.
- Dinner will be a celebration in the garden of the city at VIP dinner with other Olympic dignitaries.
- After breakfast, we will break out to our YCA teams, and with the help of your team leaders, you will start working on your team projects.
- Lunch will be held at a small traditional village on the outskirts of the city near the river.
- The afternoon will include optional activities like team working or a VIP locals hike around the city's hills.
- Dinner will include sea dishes and a lecture on Greek cuisine accompanies by a tasting of local deserts.
Ancient Olympia - Katakolo
- After breakfast, we will break out to our YCA teams, and with the help of your team leaders, you will start working on your team projects.
- Lunch will be held at the city center followed by a lecture on Olympic Hospitality.
- The afternoon will include a visit to the nearby seaport of the city of Katacolo
- Dinner will include meat dishes and a lecture on the origins of Greek mythology and the first Ancient Olympic Champions.
Ancient Olympia - Zante (sail around the island)
- The day will start early, and after a quick breakfast will be jumping on our bus to visit the nearby island of Zante.
- The trip with the local ferry is about 40min
- Once we arrive at the Island of Zante, we will change boats and jump on a smaller tour boat for a magical tour around the island.
- We will visit the world-famous white cliff beach of zante
- Lunch will be served on the boat.
- After our tour, we will visit one of the best Olive mills on the island for an olive tasting.
- The late afternoon will find us at Zante island's main city before we take our ferry to head back to the mainland.
- Late Dinner will find us in Ancient Olympia
Ancient Olympia - Waterfalls tours
- After breakfast, We will head out to the waterfalls of Olympia
- Lunch will be held at traditional greek mountain village
- After lunch, we will have a break out session for all YCA teams to prepare for the final project presentation
- The evening will conclude with the Teams final presentation, Awards, and Dinner
Ancient Olympia - Free Day
- After breakfast, We will have a short reflection session sharing pictures and memories.
- The day will be dedicated to free time for shopping and visiting for the last time favorite parts of the Ancient City
- Farewell Dinner will occur to share stories and celebrate friendship.
Farewell, Greece. Departures. to the US or other parts of Greece
Trip Inclusions & Exclusions
Arrival & departure airport transfers, on designated travel dates
Lodging - 9 nights
All meals - 20 total
All sessions and tours are in English
Accompanying host (English speaking YCA team leader) at all times
Transportation to all venues on the itinerary
Domestic boat fare on the itinerary
Designated VIP guided tours
Fees to sites, museums, venues on the itinerary
U.S. Sales Tax
Transportation to & from Greece
Travel & Medical Insurance
Excess baggage charges
Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters & housekeeping staff
Tour & activity fees outside itinerary
Preparing for your YCA international trip
Preparing for the trip
How fit do I need to be?
We'll be active every day, and our trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. However, some daily excursions may be somewhat challenging (think cobblestone roads, heat, and humidity, dust, inclined walks, etc.), but we will let you be the best judge as to how much you can do. We will be supportive of your decision to "take it easy." A gentle reminder that you will need to carry your own bags.
How far in advance do I need to book?
Because space is limited on each trip, we recommend that you book as soon as possible; that way, your spot is guaranteed. Additionally, if you see a trip that interests you that is already full, send us a note, and we will add your name to a waiting list and notify you if there are any cancellations.
Can I book the YCA Trip through a travel agent?
Not at this time.
Can I do portions of the YCA trip?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. However, if, on one of our trips, you decide to take an afternoon to yourself or deviate from any of our meal plans, you are free to do so (expense will be your responsibility). We ask for a courtesy notice in advance.
What are the payment requirements?
See Terms and Conditions.
Are there any age limits to travel with YCA?
At present, YCA trips are geared for people 14 and above. Future YCA plans include the development of family-oriented trips, so stay tuned for those to come. On certain trips, we may require medical consent for participants.
Should I be concerned about the political stability of the country we are visiting?
The safety of our YCA's, leaders, and operators is a significant priority for YCA. We monitor world events constantly, with particular emphasis on the countries we visit, and we will make operational decisions based on informed advice from U.S. and Canadian government sources. If the advisory from these sources is a 'Do Not Travel' warning, Origin will either cancel the trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.
Packing and What to Bring
What should I pack?
Once you've registered for a YCA plan, you'll receive a YCA/Origin Trip Planner that will include suggested items for your consideration. In general, we recommend the tried and true method of dressing in layers and packing as light as possible. Additionally, formal wear might be required at times.
Backpack, rolling duffel, or suitcase? What about a carry-on?
Any of the above will work; the most important thing is that you can carry it as you are responsible for moving your bags through airports, on/off ground transportation, and up/downstairs in hotels if an elevator is not available. We strongly recommend something with wheels, and you'll have to meet the airline requirements regarding weight, size, and several checked bags, so pay close attention to those details. Additionally, we strongly recommend bringing a small carry-on bag or backpack (it must also comply with the airline size requirements) that should contain anything of importance. Overall, pack smart and pack light.
What medications should I bring?
The YCA/Origin Trip Planner that will be sent to you in advance of your journey will contain a suggested list of items to bring, such as over-the-counter medications to treat or prevent common minor ailments (such as headaches, etc.). Guests taking prescription medication should bring an appropriate supply plus a few extra doses in unexpected travel delays or emergencies.
Are my personal belongings safe while on the trip?
The best advice we can give is that it is best to leave it at home if something is significant. There are many things you can do to minimize loss of personal effects, and they include leaving jewelry at home (wear/bring only a minimal amount) and don't draw attention to yourself with designer clothing and bags, or displaying items that are expensive or unavailable in various parts of the world, like laptops.
Travel Documents and Insurance
What about my passport, and do I need a travel visa?
Passport: You will need a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months past the last day of the intended travel date. For instance, if you are booking a trip for June 1-6, 2022, your passport should be valid until December 7, 2022. You also need to make sure your passport has enough empty pages for immigration officials to add a physical stamp as you pass through the different immigration points. And, if you've recently had a name change, you'll want to make sure that you've made those changes as well. The U.S. State Department site can further explain the above information and any other issues, so please review it to ensure that your travel documents are in order. https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/passport-requirements.html
If you are a citizen of another country, please refer to your home nation's travel requirements.
For U.S. citizens traveling to Greece and the E.U., no VISA is needed. In General, these requirements vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Once you've booked with YCA and have provided us with your nationality, we will advise if you'll need a travel visa. If one is required, there are visa processing companies that can help you obtain a visa, and we will provide you with some recommendations. It will be the traveler's responsibility to apply and pay for travel visas.
Do I need to buy Travel and Medical Insurance?
Yes. Travel and Medical Insurance are mandatory for all YCA/Origin trips. State medical insurance and private health plans will not cover you in most overseas countries. Various companies offer this coverage, including World Nomads, United Healthcare Travel Insurance, and Global Rescue.
Before purchase, check the terms of the policies carefully, especially the limits of coverage (e.g., for replacement of luggage loss, etc.) and procedures for making claims. There is generally a time limit based on travel date completion by which claims must be filed.
For all the details about Origins' insurance requirements, please see our Terms and Conditions page.
What are the specifics required for my Medical and Travel Insurance coverage?
Medical: Your policy must cover medical costs in the event of hospitalization, emergency travel, and repatriation. Some activities might include horseback riding, zip lines, or other similar activities. Make sure your policy covers these activities.
Travel Cancellation Coverage: Your travel policy must also include cancellation coverage to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances. Each traveler must submit one copy of their medical and travel policies to Origin at least 30 days before travel. The copies must show the policy number and the emergency hotline phone number. Origin retains the right to cancel your trip with no refunds for failure to provide proof of insurance by the trip date.
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $150,000 USD)
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $250,000 USD)
Accidental Death / Dismemberment
Trip Cancellation Coverage
Suggested Additional Coverage:
Hospital Room and Board
Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
Trip Delay / Interruption
Visitor to Bedside
You must evaluate your risk and purchase travel insurance covering the full value of the trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. Origin owners, agents, and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. You need to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid.
In general, travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications, and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read the fine print of your insurance policy carefully.
Where can I get travel and medical insurance?
Flight and Airline Information
Do Origin trips include airfare?
The traveler's responsibility is to arrange and pay for airfare to/from the designated travel site. Take note that in some cases, the arrival and departure cities may be different. If the YCA/Origin trip includes an in-country flight or boat ferry outlined in the itinerary, the arrangements and cost for that flight or ferry will be covered by YCA/.
What is the baggage policy?
Each airline has its own baggage policy, which is subject to change; therefore, review your airline's policy to verify carry-on restrictions, prohibited items, number of bags permitted, and weight allowances for your international departure and arrival flights, as there may be penalties for additional/overweight bags.
For in-country flights arranged by Origin and as part of the Origin itinerary, excess and/or overweight baggage fees, if any, will be passed along to the traveler. The traveler will pay this fee by credit card at the airline check-in counter.
What about those liquids in my carry-on?
The TSA requirement still permits liquids in 3.4 oz. (100ml) containers by volume, or smaller, all to be contained in one single, see-through, quart-sized zip bag.
What will I need for customs and immigration?
Customs: Travelers must comply with local laws regarding items that may be brought in and taken out of a country, as well as what may be brought back into the U.S. (or your home country) upon your return. Please familiarize yourself with the customs requirements of the countries you will be visiting, as well as what is permissible to be brought into the U.S.
Immigration: Airline security measures require that your passport name must exactly matches your airline ticket name, or you may be denied boarding or may be required to purchase a new airline ticket.
Money and Currency
How much spending money do I need?
You'll be pleased to know that once you land at the Origin designated arrival city and leave from the Origin designated departure city, your lodging, local ground transportation, all meals, tour and site fees, and/or spa treatments outlined in the itinerary are included in your YCA trip fee. If you choose to take a meal outside of the YCA schedule or make a purchase from the mini bar, for example, those will be your own expense.
What about tipping?
Origin will cover tips for meals within our itinerary. However, tips outside of this are at your discretion. Full details of tipping are covered in the YCA/Origin Trip Planner you will receive before you embark upon your trip.
Where will my credit card be accepted?
Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in most major shops, restaurants, and hotels. However, credit cards with magnetic strips may not work in European automated ticketing machines (such as transit vending systems). These require chip and pin cards; contact your credit card company for details.
Will I find ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) overseas?
Yes, they are available, but they are not as readily convenient as they are in the U.S., and they are even rarer in smaller towns. When available, ATMs dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards and have a service fee of approximately 3% in addition to the fees your credit card company may charge.
Where can I find more information on money and currency rates?
Internet and Communications
What communication facilities will be available?
While connectivity is not in our control, we have selected hotels with good Wi-Fi, and there are many public places where Wi-Fi is available. Some of our day excursions will take us to remote locations where signal coverage is not so strong or not available, so you should communicate to your friends/family/co-workers that you may be out of touch for specific periods of time.
Emergency contact info?
If family and friends cannot contact you in an emergency through email or phone, please give them the Origin phone numbers and emails in advance to contact us. This information will be listed in the YCA/Origin Trip Planner.
Will my mobile phone work overseas?
Before you depart about activating international phone service coverage, contact your service provider and inquire about their global roaming and other costs involved. These plans can generally be activated for short periods of time to cover just the time you will be out of the U.S. We can never guarantee your phone will work as desired, as many of our destinations are out of the way and you may have limited coverage.
While on the Trip
Why is an Origin trip different from those offered by typical tour companies?
We plan our trips precisely as we would want to travel, and we take you to places we love, places we have lived, worked, and played. We want to be surprised when we walk into our hotel accommodations to find tasteful, ultra-hip, comfortable, and clean rooms with amazing amenities; we want to be wowed when we take that first bite of a mouthwatering and exotic main course at dinner and when we sip delicious and well-selected wine; we want to be intrigued and amazed when we are out on excursions visiting archeological sites or museums; we want to see beautiful places where we can't stop taking pictures; and we want to be surrounded by interesting, smart, passionate and fun travel companions that will become lifelong friends. An Origin trip will deliver this and more.
Will I be met at the airport in the designated arrival city?
Yes, an Origin host will meet you outside of baggage claim to escort you to ground transportation that will take you to the hotel. Your flight will be monitored for any adjustments due to flight delays. If you are already in-country (due to arrival dates before Origin's official trip date start), you will need to arrange and pay for your own transportation to the host hotel. More detailed information will be included in your Origin Trip Planner.
What time is the hotel check-in?
Hotels generally allow check-in after 3 pm. If you arrive earlier than that time and your room is not ready, you can drop your luggage and do some local exploring before our evening reception and dinner.
What if I arrive late and miss part of the trip?
Weather happens, we know. When this occurs, or there is any other reason causing a change in your arrival time, please contact YCA to adjust accordingly. Also for the YCA trip to Athens, Greece we stay two days there so if you come a day late, there should not be a problem. Unfortunately, it won't be possible to reimburse you for any missed portions of the trip.
And their local guides?
We've sought out the most knowledgeable, experienced, and interesting local guides to lead our outings. They are qualified experts, passionate about their homeland and subject matter, and they speak excellent English. They will impart knowledge that you won't find in travel guides.
Is there any free time?
Each day on the YCA itinerary is action-packed, but we have included a few "rest breaks" where you will have a chance to relax or do some exploring on your own. If you want to skip a specific event, you are free to do so. We ask that you notify us in advance, and we remind you that we are unable to reimburse you for missed activities.
Is it possible to extend the trip, either on the front or back end?
Yes. You may schedule your arrival earlier than our first scheduled day, and/or you may depart after the last of our scheduled days. Any expenses incurred for either of these scenarios, including lodging, meals, tours, ground transportation, etc., will be your responsibility.
Excuse me, but I have to go to the bathroom….NOW!!!
Yep, we know, it's happened to all of us, the sudden and urgent need to use the facilities. Most places we visit will have western toilets, but you should be mentally prepared for the unexpected. In general, toilets will be readily available and western-style in cities, and they may not be so available in remote areas. We'll do our best to help you out should you find yourself in an urgent situation.
What about laundry?
Our hotels will offer a laundry service, but these services are often pricey and can take up to 24 hours. Laundry expenses will be your responsibility.
Planes, trains, and automobiles?
We will travel in various transportation modes, including cars, coaches, minivans, ferries, and/or planes.
Uber, you ask? It is available in some countries, so if you opt to go out on your own, you may be able to use your Uber account. Specifically, in Greece, the car-share service everyone uses is called taxibet. Make sure to download the app before your arrival just in case you need it.
Mother Nature and the Weather
Origin has crafted its trips around periods considered the most favorable weather conditions to visit each location. However, the weather is never a guarantee. We ask for you to be prepared for varied conditions, including heat, humidity, rain, wind, changing temperatures throughout the day, etc.
Charging my Electronic Devices?
In the Origin Trip Planner, we'll send you the specific information regarding the electrical current and needed electrical converters and/or adaptors you'll need to charge your electronic devices. And, you'll need to bring batteries for your cameras, etc.
What about meals?
We've put a lot of thought into creative menu planning and exquisite locations to provide guests with exceptional dining experiences. We'll dine in places where meals are prepared using the freshest farm-to-table products available. Places that are intimate, unique, and trendy. We've sought out great chefs and have included a perfect mix of traditional and non-traditional dishes. Envision the smell of exotic spices and imaginative fusion dishes, deliciously and beautifully created to be extraordinary in every sense.
Are vegetarian meals available?
We will try to accommodate these requests as best as possible, but these options may be slightly limited in some cases. We'll do our best to ensure that restaurants can provide vegetarian options.
Can meals accommodate Celiac or others that have food allergies?
We do everything possible to ensure that you will be taken care of with no risk to your health. However, there may be places that cannot cater to you, especially in more remote locations. In those rare cases, we strongly recommend that you carry some non-perishable food for those specific times.
Alumni Affiliate Program
The YCA Alumni Affiliate Program enables you to promote and sell YCA plans -by sharing a YCA link designated just for you- and receiving a commission from YCA in the process.
How it works:
- Once you have purchased the YCA Alumni essentials package, YCA will send you a new YCA educator Affiliate User Welcome email containing a link to your Affiliate Login Page.
- Once you have set up a YCA educator affiliate account in your affiliate profile, you will find sharable links for all YCA programs.
- Share any of the links via an email or through your social media accounts. When someone uses your YCA sharable links to purchase a YCA plan, you automatically receive a commission via your Paypal account.
*More details on the YCA Alumni affiliate program will be shared with you during your YCA onboarding zoom call.