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2018 Educational Tours of Latvia

ALA will be accepting registration for all trips until December 15, 2017.

If you would like to fill out the application later, but wish to reserve your spot in a 2018 trip now, please send in the appropriate deposit form below, along with your deposit payment:

If you are ready to apply, please fill out the form for the corresponding program. The forms are available in both PDF format and a completely electronic format (JotForm). If you choose to fill out the PDF version, please, if at all possible, submit the form electronically to (even scanned), as opposed to mailing it to the ALA office.

About ALA’s Educational Trip Programs:


An educational trip in the Latvian language, for teens ages 13 – 15 who have either graduated from Latvian Saturday/Sunday school or have comparable Latvian language skills. The trip provides the participants with an opportunity to visit all of Latvia’s main regions; to befriend not only their peers in Latvia, but also teens of Latvian heritage from all over the U.S., Canada, and Australia; and to experience a rich program with countless historical, cultural and contemporary attractions and interactive activities. (Trip Fees – $2000 / Deposit – $500) 

ALA is hosting two “Sveika, Latvija!” trips in the summer of 2018:

  • June 14 – 28, 2018 (departure from Chicago)
  • August 11 – 25, 2018 (departure from Newark)


An educational trip for English-speaking teens of Latvian Heritage, from ages 13 – 16. The “Heritage Latvia” program is comparable to the “Sveika, Latvija!” program, but is presented in English and geared more towards youth with less prior exposure to the Latvian culture. (Trip Fees – $3000 / Deposit – $500)

  • June 25 – July 9, 2018 (departure from Newark)


Educational trip in English and/or Latvian (depending on the language skills and preferences of the registered participants) for adults and families. A great opportunity for the participants to either delve further into the culture and history of their ancestors, as well as experience the wonders of modern-day Latvia; to travel extensively around the country for the first time; or, to introduce their spouses, partners, family, or friends to Latvia. (Trip Fees – $2500 / Deposit - $500) 

  • July 5 – 18, 2018 (flight NOT included)

For more information regarding these trips, please contact Marisa Gudrais in the ALA office:

Tel: (301) 340-8719