About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Our Mission
WorldStrides’ mission is to ignite personal growth for students through travel at every stage of development.

Our Vision
To be the superior choice in educational travel for teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Our Team

Our team of professionals are passionately and personally committed to providing safe, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. From educational specialists to logistical and destination specialists, our knowledgeable and dedicated staff deliver a quality experience every step of the way.



Jim Hall

Jim Hall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim joined WorldStrides in 1982 and continues to be inspired by the transformative power of educational travel. Jim has dedicated his career to helping WorldStrides take students at every level to destinations around the world. Over the past 30 years, Jim has served in a variety of roles, including positions in marketing, finance, and operations.


Jim Creighton

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jim credits his own high school travel and early-career assignments overseas as the catalysts for his enduring love for travel – and its ability to change the lives of learners of all ages. It was this WorldStrides mission that drew him to the company in…

Richard Lin

Richard Lin

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

As Managing Director, Richard focuses on expanding students’ exposure to Asia Pacific culture at the same time his group promotes U.S. travel to students from that part of the world.

Wendy Amato, Ph.D.

Wendy Amato, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum & Academics

As WorldStrides’ Director of Curriculum & Academics, Wendy stewards the instructional content of our travel programs and manages our accreditation as a school. She is committed to enriching students’ lives through experiential travel with her careful attention to curriculum and her understanding of youth development.


Julia Given

Vice President of Marketing

As VP of Marketing since 2013, Julia oversees the WorldStrides brand, educator outreach, customer communications, and public relations programs. She also plays an instrumental role in transitioning newly-acquired travel and education brands into the WorldStrides master brand, and coordinating the company’s marketing efforts into a…