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Educator Tours

2021 Educator Tour Classic - French Riviera

2021 Educator Tour 2.0 - National Parks

Traditionally the Educators Tours have always traveled internationally, but this year we felt it was important to help support the U.S. travel and tourism industry, and plan one of our trips within the United States. Both trips have been custom designed to be an unforgettable travel experience for all East County school employees, as well as their family and friends. Find out what more than 700 Educator Tour travelers have come to enjoy on these exceptionally well-planned trips, and why travelers return year after year.

Register and place your $600 deposit by March 1, 2021 (reservations are made on a first come, first served basis)

Save $100! Open an East County Schools Federal Credit Union 4.00%APY* eChecking Account w/ direct deposit of $500.00 or more by April 1, 2021 and receive a $100 credit towards your final payment. East County Schools Federal Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of the Educators Tour program, and credit union membership is open to all San Diego County current and retired school employees and their family members

French Riviera (July 10 - 18, 2021): Join many of your East County educators, education stakeholders and community members and uncover the chic resorts, sun-soaked beaches and elegant allure that attracts the rich and famous to the exquisite French Riviera. Unpack for a leisurely 7-night stay in Nice, France, embracing the luxury and breathtaking beauty of the French Riviera (aka Côte d’Azur). Spend time in the fairy-tale principality of Monaco. Discover the opulence of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and Gardens. Watch artisans create fragrant perfumes. Get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous in Cannes and St. Tropez. Enjoy leisure time to explore on your own. Shop like a local at Nice’s colorful flower market. It’s time you lived a little bit of the good life. $3,999 per person (double occupancy) OR

US National Parks – America’s Cowboy Country (July 18 - 25, 2021): On this tour you will journey through stunning views of the American West as you make your way through Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, and more. Overnight in the cowboy towns of Jackson Hole and Cody. Experience the Wild West as it once was with a visit to Deadwood, a town built on gold and gunpowder. Experience Yellowstone National Park, home to an incredible array of wildlife. Search for free-ranging herds of buffalo in Custer State Park. Marvel at Grand Teton National Park’s towering peaks, marked with mountain glaciers. Soak in stunning views of Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorials. Grab your Stetson hat and saddle up for an adventure as you discover natural wonders and cultural treasures. $3,449 per person (double occupancy).

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Both 2021 Educator Tours have low cost trip insurance available for purchase. In 2020, every Educator Tour traveler received a 100% refund for their reservation fee, including the cost of the trip insurance, when the trip was canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Trip Insurance is comprehensive, with a full refund available for literally any reason, prior to departure.

WHO CAN TRAVEL WITH US

All Educator Tours are open to the general public. East County Schools FCU has been the corporate sponsor of this trip since its inception and as such, the trip is largely comprised of members of the East County education community, working and retired, and their friends and families. There is so much FUN on these trips, and such a connection amongst travelers, that many travelers attend year after year. We now sponsor TWO trips a year, instead of just one for that reason. Each trip will have an optional side tour to an educational facility in that area, which contributes to making them a work expense for some. Both trips are through the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, who hosts additional trips throughout the year.

CLASSIC vs. 2.0 TRIPS

The Educator Tour started out visiting the Wonders of The World, and travels have included Greece, Australia, Spain, Ireland, China, Istanbul and more. As the trips have aspired to not repeat locations, the limited spaces fill up, and travelers return year after year to see new places, it became apparent that a second Educator Tour would be warranted. Our President & CEO Steve Devan will host our Educator Tour Classic, traveling to new locations around the world, and the Educator Tour 2.0, hosted by our AVP of Marketing & Business Development Karen Fleck, will travel to favorite locations already traveled to, for those who missed that destinations the first go around. Now you have TWO choices, to join the most fun travel trips around!

Informational Meetings will provide an itinerary overview for both trips and answer all questions pertaining to the “Educators Tour” program. East County Schools Federal Credit Union and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will be cohosting the first Informational Meeting via Zoom. Contact Susan Roberts-Egley to RSVP for this meeting or with questions about the meeting.

Win a Free Trip! As a way of saying “Thank You” to all East County Schools FCU member-owners, we will be conducting a drawing to send a lucky ECSFCU member-owner on one of these two trips. Contest rules and information, along with a short online survey that is required for entry into this contest, will be posted here by January 4, 2021. Must be a member-owner as of February 8, 2021 (new members welcome). Survey entries will be accepted January 4, 2021 - February 8, 2021. Contest Rules

Educator Tour 2021 Information Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 or February 24, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm - In person if we are able, in the El Cajon branch or

Zoom Link:

https://collette.zoom.us/j/98852212881

Meeting ID: 988-5221-2881

 


Free Trip Contest Questions 

 

Steve Devan

East County Schools Federal Credit Union

President & CEO

(619) 873-0108

sdevan@EastCountySchools.org 

 


Information Meeting Reminder/Questions

 

Susan Roberts-Egley, 

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Educator Tour Travel Coordinator

(619) 440-6161

SusanR@EastCountyChamber.org 


*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. 4.00% APY paid on the first $2,500 on deposit. 2.50% APY paid on balances between $2,500 and $5,000. 0.10% APY paid on balances between $5,000 and $10,000. 0.05% APY paid on balances over $10,000. Dividends are calculated daily and compounded and paid monthly. Please refer to our Truth-in-Savings Disclosure for all applicable disclosure information. On any month you do not meet the requirements, you will not be paid a dividend but there is no fee incurred for not meeting the requirements.


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