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Arrival and First Day - Young Learners


Emergency Number

(For use outside of office hours only)

+1 (310) 625-1057


EC Los Angeles
401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA 90401



Airport Transfers


  • Airport transfers from LAX can be booked for a charge of $300 ($155 one way). Transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian with full flight details provided and arrival times agreed with hosts in advance. In this case, EC must be given a No Airport Transfers Waiver Form.

  • Students should arrive on Saturday and depart on Saturday. If students require transfers from alternative locations, fees will be quoted upon request. If the student is travelling as an unaccompanied minor with the airline, a fee of $105 one way is charged.
  • It is vitally important that EC Los Angeles is made aware of any last minute flight changes by calling the emergency phone number at +1 (310) 625 1057. Please send information regarding arrival time, flight number, airline, name of airport and terminal number to EC Head Office as soon as possible. If this information does not reach us at least 7 days prior to the student's arrival, EC Los Angeles will not be responsible for providing airport transfers to the student and will not offer any compensation to students who have not been picked up because of this.

Student Arrivals

Students will be met at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by a driver. For domestic flights, the driver will wait at the baggage claim area, holding a sign with the students’ name on it and in front of an EC Young Learners Banner. For international arrivals, the driver will wait outside the customs area near an orange EC banner.

Students are then taken to their host family. Host Families are 35 - 60 minutes away from the airport, depending on the traffic.


Students will be transported to and from their homestay to school.

EC staff

For the Young Learner Winter Programme EC employs a number of Academic and Activity Staff who benefit from a rigorous in-house training programme. Their role is to ensure that students have an enjoyable and safe stay and provide constant support to International Leaders.

First Day

 On their first day (Monday), students will be at school 8:30am transported by their host family and they must bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Notepad and pen or other stationery

Welcome Pack

Students will be given a lanyard, a student handbook, forms, directions and activities information for their programme.

Welcome Talk

Students will have a welcome talk after their placement test. An orientation will be held consisting of academic and activities information.

Students will receive:

  • Local area orientation
  • Activity calendar

Placement Test

Between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. students will take their placement test which will assess them in all key skill areas, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability.


A Young Learner student handbook will be given on the first day. This handbook contains a map of the school and emergency contact information.


  • Any questions or problems that students or international group leaders might have should be addressed to the Program Manager. The Program Manager is available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily to assist in any way.
  • Signed parents' consent/waiver form should be received along with the enrolment form.