Final Payment Details - an
We've had a couple of
questions concerning the final payment and I just wanted to clarify a few
points subsequent to the letter your son/daughter brought home last week:
of the $1400 final payment, roughly $835 is owed to Brightspark
(depending on how much was deposited per participant last year)
the residue of the $1400 is owed to CDDHS for supply teacher costs
and gratuities for tour guides/arranged lunches and dinners etc.
the base cost of the tour
did increase over the summer to a figure beyond $3200 from the original quote
of $2700 distributed in 2010 - this was a distinct possibility I expressed in
May 2010 when we all met at the DCMA Church - there was no way of knowing
exactly what the final cost would be until all the bookings were made by
Brightspark. For example, just this summer we had to arrange a new (superior)
London hotel which increased the per person cost, one or two destinations were
found to be 'closed' this November, so other venues had to be organized
sometimes at a higher cost per participant. As a result, we did make some efficiencies
by cutting some venues and replacing them with more 'economic choices' on the
Lastly, we were able to fix our airport and security fees at
$485.00 - a cost saving over the $550 that was originally quoted.
As with all travel
arrangements, planning, estimation and budgeting can never be an exact science
- but I believe that Brightspark has done an admirable job making the best
arrangements possible, and I remain satisfied that the overall cost of the tour
has come in substantially less than what was quoted in May 2010.
Many thanks for your
on-going support and so don’t hesitate to call with questions.
Head, Canada and World
Centre Dufferin DHS,
150 Fourth Avenue
519-925-3834, ext. 258