Lithia, FL


Welcome! Cedarkirk is a conference center located 45 minutes from Tampa, FL, and we have been hosting CIH since the mid 1970’s. We partner with local families so part of your time is spent at Cedarkirk with 12 other international students and part of your time with families (Dec. 23rd –Dec. 27th). We will also spend one night in Orlando to allow for a two day visit to the theme parks of your choice.

As a thank you to the host families, we plan an international dinner where each student prepares a dish from his or her home country to share with others. We end the evening with a talent show where you will present a talent or simply share something about your home country with the group. This is always a highlight of the time with the program. In fact, though most students are excited about the visits to the theme parks and beaches, it is the time spent together sharing stories and meals that is most memorable. It is for this reason we strongly encourage you to join in all the activities to build a strong community with one another.



What to Expect:
The temperature can range from as cold as 30F at night to as hot as 85F during the day. It is important to bring clothes for varying temperatures. Also, you will need clothes for activities that range from beach and outdoor camp activities to church. If you have traditional wear from your country that you can bring for the international dinner this would also be nice. We begin the program on Dec. 18th. In order to get the price on the hotel, we need all participants to pay $80. This is not optional since there is a fixed price for the rooms regardless of how many choose to go. However, the theme park tickets are optional. You may purchase a two day pass or a one day pass and spend the second day at the hotel and/or Disney Springs, if you prefer to save money. You can also choose between any of the Disney Parks by using the Disney bus system. If you would like to go to Universal theme parks, we will transport you in our Cedarkirk van. You will be responsible for your ticket purchase and all food costs during our stay in Orlando (December 20 and 21). 

We will provide transportation to and from any Tampa airport or train or bus station. We ask that you book arrivals no later than 10:00pm and departures no earlier than 8:00am. Again, we need you to arrive on the 18th. Departures are on January 2nd but if you need to leave as early as the 1st or as late as the 3rd, we can make arrangements.

Below is a tentative schedule:
Dec. 18- Arrival
Dec. 19/20- Camp activities, shopping, and church
Dec. 21/22- Orlando trip (Cost: Hotel $80, Ticket: $125 to $250 {1 vs. 2 day} plus 5 meals)
Dec. 23-27- Time with host families
Dec. 28- Beach/International dinner planning
Dec. 29- To Be Determined (Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, or local museums)
Dec. 30- International Dinner
Dec. 31- Beach; ring in the new year at “First Night” in St. Petersburg (responsible for your own dinner)
Jan. 1- Sleep in; relax at Cedarkirk; early departures
Jan. 2- Final departures

Program Size:  13
Program Type:  Combination
Accommodations:  Single Students (Male & Female)
Clothing Suggestions:  Warm clothes for possible cold evenings, swimming and sports clothes for daytime activities.
Suggested Cash:  $350-$400 for theme park visits, one night hotel. There will also be an additional cost 6 meals throughout your stay (5 in Orlando, one on New Year’s Eve) that will be your responsibility.
Program Dates:  12/18/2019 to 01/02/2020
Stay Options:  Entire Program Only (Both Weeks)
Airport:  Tampa International Airport
Train Depot:  AMTRAK - Tampa
Bus Depot:  Greyhound Bus Lines - Tampa
Weather Forecast:  Mild to cool weather
Local Attractions:  Tampa, canoeing, rock wall climbing, high ropes, Orlando theme parks, beaches
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