Sarasota is a city south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast that was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it hosts a number of cultural institutes, notably the Ringling Museum of Art, which showcases old masters and modern art. It’s also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach. Christmas International House (CIH) students coming to Sarasota will be staying in private family homes from First Presbyterian Church and become a part of their family as they prepare for the Christmas holidays. 

 

We are planning an International Lunch at First Presbyterian Church; each CIH student is asked to help prepare a dish from your country, so bring your favorite recipe. You are encouraged to bring something from your country to share; a native costume, picture book, instrument and any special ingredient for those recipes (if you don't think we can find them locally). 

 

You will be responsible for your own spending money when sightseeing with your family and other CIH students. We will plan day excursions that will require entrance fees.

 

 **** Please note that NO SMOKERS will be accepted to the SARASOTA program ****  

 

 

Program Size:  2-4
Program Type:  Home Stay
Accommodations:  Single Students (Male & Female) 
Clothing Suggestions:  Bring clothes for both cool and warm temperatures, everything from a bathing suit and shorts to a jacket.
Suggested Cash:  There may be an activity fee up to $25, required upon arrival to cover entrance fees for group outings. You will also need money for souvenirs, shopping if interested, snacks when sightseeing, movies, etc.
Program Dates:  12/18/2018 to 12/26/2018

                               12/18/2018 to 01/02/2019

                               12/26/2018 to 01/02/2019
Stay Options:  Entire Program (Both Weeks) or Either Week (First or Second Week)
Airport:  Sarasota (SRQ), St. Petersburg (PIE) or Tampa (TPA)
Train Depot:  AMTRAK - Sarasota
Bus Depot:  Greyhound Bus - Sarasota
Driving Directions:  Upon request
Weather Forecast:  Varies from lows in the 40’s, to highs in the low 80’s F
Local Attractions:  Siesta Key Beach, Lido Key, Ringling Museum, Jungle Gardens, Myakka State Park, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens