Student Travel Specialist WorldStrides Acquires Explorica

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WorldStrides, the largest educational travel company in the U.S. has acquired Boston-based Explorica, Inc. which specializes in international travel programs for American and Canadian middle and high school students. Explorica also provides domestic student trips for Canadian students through its Keating-Explorica division.         

Founded in 2000 by Olle Olsson, Explorica specializes in connecting teachers and students to new cultures and languages in more than 55 countries around the globe. Explorica allows teachers to customize travel-study programs to enhance what they are teaching in the classroom.    
“We are extremely excited about the people, programs and resources that Explorica brings to WorldStrides,” said Jim Hall, President & CEO of WorldStrides. “We have known and admired Explorica since the company’s founding, and their programs provide a perfect complement to WorldStrides. With the addition of Explorica, we now have more than 1,300 global employees operating out of 45 offices on 6 continents, allowing us to continue to set new standards in experiential education for students of all ages.” 

Olle Olsson, founder and Chairman of Explorica added, “Joining WorldStrides presents an ideal opportunity for Explorica to continue our mission of providing students and teachers with the highest quality educational travel programs at affordable prices. The collective resources of our companies are unmatched in our industry, and I could not be more excited for our employees and customers.”


Olsson and Explorica’s management team and employees will continue with WorldStrides following the acquisition.    

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