Dear Parents and Players,
Last year, we hosted competition to a youth volleyball team from Stavanger, Norway. Stavanger is a sister city to Galveston. In return, AVA has been formally invited to be part of their cultural festival in June 2018. The dates are June 13-20th. We are honored and excited to be invited to join this cultural exchange in Norway. Below is some information about the program. We are surveying our parents to see who is interested in allowing their daughter to attend. We will look at players in the 15s -17s for the 2017-18 club season.
The program is looking for a commitment to participate before we have our club tryouts for the next season.
Cost to the students -
Airfare - $ 600 to 1500 - when Lauren checked airfares, they were pretty low right now, but the Galveston Cultural Exchange director let me know prices have been as high as $1500.
Passport - $ 125
Lodging: $0 Players will stay with Norwegian families for the full week of the festival so there is no housing cost they will stay with at least two to a family possibly four
Souvenirs - gifts
Meals - most meals will be provided by the host family and the host committee for the festival.
AVA will send 2 coaches to chaperone the girls travel.
This program is a cultural experience with volleyball competition. Comparing the dates with our national championship tournaments, it is not a conflict with USAV. However, if your team plays at AAUs, it would be conflict and you would not be able to do both events. The program can only take 10 players. We will put a team together based on positions needed and what we evaluate will be the appropriate skill level to compete against their teams. The team traveling to Norway, may or may not be your full club team for next season.
If you are interested please fill out the below registration (survey). More information to follow.
Questions - contact Katy Garza