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Cancellation Notice: Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, both 2020 Educator Tours have been canceled

All passengers received a 100% refund of money paid, including the full amount of their trip insurance. Stay tuned for information regarding the 2021 Educator Tour Classic and 2.0 destinations, when available.

2020 Educator Tour Classic to Imperial Russia

2020 Educator Tour 2.0 to Costa Rica

2020 Russia Educator Tour Brochure

2020 Tropical Costa Rica brochure

Incredible Russia Itinerary includes:

Moscow, including the Kremlin, the Armoury Museum (think Imperial crown jewels and Faberge eggs), art museums, authentic dishes, many more iconic sights and experiences and then off to St. Petersburg to see the the famed Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the magnificent Catherine Palace and for more delicious food and colorful sights! This is the home of Russian tsars, built for Peter the Great!

Designed for the benefit of all East County school employees, educational stakeholders, and the general public, this 9-day trip to Russia is offered for only $3,999.00 (double occupancy), when you register and place your deposit by February 10, 2020 (reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, and our reservation block is restricted to 44 passengers).  

Tropical Costa Rica Itinerary includes:

Lush forests, stunning waterfalls, exotic wildlife and endless coastlines. The trip starts on the gorgeous and endless beaches then heads to the forest for a coffee plantation tour, a whimsical topiary garden, into the famous Monteverde Cloud forest where you can choose (or do it all) between a Hanging Bridges walking tour, the worlds largest butterfly garden, and a zip line tour. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Arenal with spectacular volcano views and a riverboat trip on a panga searching for caimans, otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles and birds. And of course, much more! A wildlife paradise.

Designed for the benefit of all East County school employees, educational stakeholders, and the general public, this 9-day trip to Costa Rica is offered for only $2,499.00 (double occupancy), when you register and place your deposit by February 10, 2020 (reservations are made on a first come, first served basis, and our reservation block is restricted to 44 passengers).

To help lower this cost of either trip, anyone opening an East County Schools Federal Credit Union 4.00% eChecking Account w/ direct deposit of $500.00 or more, or our 4.00% “Summer Savings Account” by February 10, 2020 will receive a $100 credit towards their final payment.  East County Schools Federal Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of the Educators Tour program, and is open to all East County school employees, volunteers of our East County Schools, and their family members.

One Lucky ECS Member will go to Russia in 2020 for free!

Congratulations to Tracy McDonald who has won the trip to Russia in our Drawing! We are so excited that you will be joining us!

Also congratulations to Trisha Bryant who has won the $100 Gift Card in the drawing!

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    Kevin Miller likes to connect good people to great resources. He’s been an enthusiastic fan of East County Schools Federal Credit Union since 2013 when we were known to the education community as Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union, more than five years ago. “Every person I’ve referred to ECSFCU has raved about the lower rates, better terms and great treatment they get.” From 4.00%APR eChecking to amazing auto loan rates to 0% interest classroom loans, he says, “There has never been a dropped ball or bad experience for anyone I’ve ever referred to ECSFCU.”

    Kevin Miller - Administrative Pastor of Foothills Christian Church
  • Cathy Sprecco with Koala - Australia 2015

    I had a fantastic trip to Switzerland and Austria this past summer with East County Schools FCU and the SD East County Chamber of Commerce. This was my 6th trip with this fun group! The Educator Tour, guided by the infamous Steve Devan, is the perfect way to truly see and experience any country. The train ride through the Alps was a personal favorite and such an amazing experience. Seeing and hearing cows and goats with real bells grazing on the side of the mountains made me want to sing a favorite "Sound of Music" song and look for Heidi or her grandpa around every turn! I really felt immersed in the culture. The extra servings of warm apple strudel helped too!

     I am a single traveler and all worries are put aside on these well-coordinated trips. Almost everything is taken care of for the travelers so I always feel spoiled! The fellow Educator Tour travelers that I have met from other districts and other walks of life have become my life-long friends! These trips are so dear to me that I have a separate savings travel account where I dedicate a small monthly amount to be ready for the next country!

    Come join us!

    Cathy Sprecco - First Grade Teacher in Lakeside Union School District
  • Grant Nelson 2019

    When I became an ECSFCU member, I immediately refinanced my house and got better rates for two cars. East County School employees who are just starting out, this is the best place to be! ECSFCU can help you secure your financial life.

    Grant Nelson - 8th Grade History Teacher in La Mesa Spring Valley Schools
  • Grant Nelson 2019

    While overseas I found myself in the frightening situation of being out of cash and with two debit cards from other financial institutions that weren’t working, despite my travel notice pre-planning. ECSFCU’s amazing member services team stayed late on a Friday to approve and immediately fund a quick loan that made the rest of our trip wonderful. Nobody else does that! Not only is it something that I will never forget, but it’s something I want to tell everyone about.

    Grant Nelson - 8th Grade History Teacher, La Mesa Spring Valley Schools
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    What mattered to me, was that I needed the money to buy a motorhome, and I needed it now. This is the fastest I've ever experienced for a loan. It's never been this easy or this pleasant and I could tell that this was simply the way ECSFCU serves all of their members; it's their culture. I wasn't a member when I started, but I am now.
    Marcel Becker - General Manager, Trident Maritime Systems and Career Technical Education and Ethics in Business partner with GUHSD
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