It is best
if you arrive to Ft.
Myers airport (airport code RSW). Many
students get delayed in their arrival because of various factors
(missed connections, bad weather, etc.), therefore you must give
us an update call from your transitional airport
(if any) prior to your actual arrival to Ft. Myers. This will assure
that someone from our office drives to the airport to pick you up
right upon your arrival there. You will be provided with transportation
from the Ft. Myers airport to LaBelle at no cost to you, but it
can be arranged only during reasonable hours - 6:30 AM to
10:30 PM. In Ft. Myers airport, we will meet you by Exit
Door #1, so please be sure to wait there. Also, plan your
flight for a weekday (Mon - Fri), not a weekend
day (Sat - Sun).
If you miss the phone call from your transitional airport, then the waiting time will be approximately 1-2 hours after you make the phone call directly from Ft. Myers airport.
Please call until you speak to an actual person, don't just leave a message.
Also, there is free wi-fi in the RSW airport, so you can use it while waiting for your ride.
Getting from Miami to LaBelle
If you unable to arrive at the Ft. Myers airport and you instead arrive at the Miami airport, then you should plan on taking the Greyhound bus from Miami to LaBelle. There is 1 bus per day that takes this route.
Upon arrival to Miami airport, you may
simply want to take a taxi cab directly to the Greyhound station. The
bus from Miami to LaBelle departs the Greyhound
station "Miami" (4111 NW 27th street) at 2:30 PM and arrives
to LaBelle at 6:25 PM. Cost of the bus trip is around $40.
Depending on your arrival time to Miami airport, you may need to stay one night in Miami at some inexpensive youth hostel (usually less than $20/night), e.g. the South Beach Hostel right on Miami's famous South Beach. Enjoy the beach and night life and then on the next day take the bus to LaBelle.
If you decide to stay a day (or two) in Miami before traveling to LaBelle, then you will need to get from the airport to a youth hostel. You can easily get from the Miami airport to the Miami Beach by Super-Shuttle. You may also use the cheaper, but slower, city bus as long as you arrive in time to catch the last bus of the day at 11:20 PM. The first city bus departing from the airport in the morning is at 5:30 AM. Miami routes map is available (along with complete system information) at the main transportation web page.
If you arrive to Miami airport and absolutely
can't use the bus service to LaBelle, then you can, as a last resort,
request that III sends a car to pick you up. However, the fee for
this service is $150 per trip and you will need to wait approximately
3 hours after your arrival for the car to arrive and pick you up.
Another $150 fee will be assessed for students requesting transportation
from LaBelle back to their departure airport other than Fort Myers upon
completion of the program. Even if you are seeking to pay this $150
airport fee, it is not guaranteed that this can be arranged. You must
make an inquiry to the program administrator in advance.
Departure transportation will be provided only during reasonable hours
- 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
There is no charge for transportation to or from the Ft. Myers airport or bus station for initial arrival or final departure, if your arrival and departure dates are in accordance with your signed agreement dates.
We do not normally provide airport transportation for personal holiday travel, but this can sometimes be arranged through your fellow participants. There is also service available through GoodWheels (239-768-6184) or local cabs and airport shuttles.
A $150 fee will be assessed for students requesting transportation from LaBelle back to their departure airport upon completion of the program, if that airport is any other than Ft. Myers. Even if you are seeking to pay this $150 airport fee, it is not guaranteed that this can be arranged. You must make an inquiry to the program administrator in advance.
Any departure sooner than 3 days prior to the stated "acceptance agreement" date constitutes a breach of the program agreement. A maximum or 50% of make up hours or 20 hours, whichever is less, may be used for early departure allowance. Earlier departures will have a negative effect on your final evaluation grades. Likewise, for early departure transportation from office to the airport will not be provided from the program.