Updated: April 15, 2021

Since 1971, the non-profit, non-partisan Close Up Foundation has been a trusted civic education provider with the safety and security of students and teachers being a top priority. The unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rethink and retool the way we serve students and teachers, as Close Up’s mission to help young people become active and engaged citizens remains as important as ever.

Here is how we are supporting students and teachers with virtual learning opportunities while looking forward to future experiential travel programs:

Virtual Learning: Close Up is excited to offer a variety of virtual learning experiences for students. Led by Close Up’s experienced curriculum team, these opportunities are designed to help students gain the confidence to discuss important issues, learn how to engage in respectful civic discourse, and work together to build consensus and connections to their communities and the world around them. In addition, Close Up is able to bring its proven methodology into the classroom through professional development options for teachers.

Future Travel & Programs: Close Up continues to monitor the guidance of health and government officials to make decisions about future programs. Here is what we are doing now to help plan for future programs:

  • Providing increased flexibility by extending cancellation deadlines and offering a fully-refundable deposit period for future programs;
  • Working with our travel and medical partners to develop enhanced cleaning and safety protocols;
  • Collaborating and communicating with our teacher coordinators to keep them apprised of all changes or updates to their program; and,
  • Offering travel insurance through Travel Guard International to protect against delays, flight cancellations, and other travel-related issues, including illness that may prevent passengers from traveling.

Registration for 2021 and 2022 programs is now open!  Learn more about Close Up’s travel programs for middle schools and high schools.

Postponed and Rescheduled Programs: The teacher coordinator for schools whose Close Up programs were postponed due to Coronavirus have been contacted to determine the best option for rescheduling and refunds. If you have any questions about the status of your program, please contact your school’s Close Up teacher coordinator.