Advantages of Parent Week

With most programs being rigorous about class absences, students do not have to feel obligated to take time off while their parents are here. Parent Week will take care of them during the day leaving them free to spend time as a family after class and in the evenings.

Planning a trip to Europe can be stressful, particularly when you are working full time. From the moment you land in Italy, Parent Week will take care of organizing every other detail. This is especially reassuring for first time international travelers.

For the parents we provide an itinerary which includes all of the Florence and Tuscan highlights. Our itinerary also includes experiences for parents and students together. We know from years of working with study abroad students which things they save to do when their parents come to visit. I’ll give you a hint — they don’t fit
into a standard student budget!

We have been working with study abroad students for over 15 years. One of the most frequently asked questions is…”What should I do when my parents are here?”. Parent Week eliminates the need for the student to become the travel planner leaving them time to show their parents all their favorite places in their study abroad city.

Parent Week wants to make sure you have the best possible experience of the city your son or daughter chose as their home for a semester. We understand that you are here to visit your child as much as you are here to visit the city. Our itinerary schedules activities during the day when it is almost guaranteed that your student will be in class and free time when we they are definitely not. Plus, great experiences to share together which are already included for both of you.

“Meeting the specific needs and schedule of study abroad parents”

Who is Parent Week?

Director Parent Week Anna McNiel

Anna McNiel

Anna has been living full-time in Florence for 18 years now. Since 2003 she has been working with students and study abroad programs. In 2008, she started FlorenceForFun student travel company and from 2015 was the technical director and manager of the agency. Moving onto new challenges, Parent Week is Anna’s latest venture. “Parent Week allows me to still be involved with study abroad community but work with a completely new customer. Now that I am older, I look forward to creating amazing travel experiences for parents”.

Tour Manager Stephanie McClendon

Stephanie McClendon

Stephanie has been living in Florence for 3 years and from day one at FlorenceForFun become a fundamental part of the travel and organization team. Coming from an academic background in finance however with practical experience in hospitality and event management, Stephanie is resourceful, efficient, fun and friendly. She has repeatedly received five-star reviews and feedback from our customers and looks forward to making sure that the parents have as much (or more) fun than the kids!!