Wikimedia has been invited to send one mentor/org admin to "sunny California" (weather not guaranteed) on one of the grand prize winners' trips. The date is not yet set, and will be the one with our org's winner(s).
Quoting the email:
Invitation for 1 mentor to GCI Grand Prize trip in San Francisco, CA
We are again inviting 1 mentor from each GCI 2018 org to attend the GCI Grand Prize Winners trip this June or July. This year we are dividing the group into 2 separate trips so it can be more personal (and manageable). We will have about 65-70 people on each trip.
We are still determining the exact dates of the two different trips (hopefully they will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks). Once the dates are confirmed we will ask the winners to give their preferences for which trip they can attend. Once we know which trip your winners will be on we will let you know which trip your mentor will be attending - the June or July one, as we want the mentor on the same trip as their students of course.
Your mentor will need to be able to attend the trip dates we assign your org as we cannot accommodate more people on the other trip.
It is up to your org to decide which mentor to send but we hope you will send one of the more active mentors that the grand prize winners have worked with to make it special for both the mentor and the students. The mentor is welcome to stay longer in the US at their own expense if they want to make a longer trip to sunny California (or arrive early). We will give them more details about that in a follow up email once you confirm the mentor in February.
The mentor does have to be at least 18 when they arrive for the trip. Mentors are responsible for booking their own flights, transportation, etc.
Google will send your org a travel stipend for the mentor's travel via Payoneer that the mentor can get reimbursed from the org (or the org can book the mentor's flight for them - that is up to your org to decide). We will give each org $2200 to cover the travel expenses for the mentor when we send along the organization sponsorship money to the Payoneer account later this week. Should the mentor have a flight that is significantly over the $2200 amount (even by booking months in advance) please contact us and we'll see what we can do.
This travel stipend will cover the coach airfare/food bills/visa fees/luggage fees/transportation to/from airport, etc. for the mentor. Google will book and pay for the mentor's hotel directly (for 4 nights).
There is no pre-set criteria (other than >=18 years old) or selection process for this, but please indicate here if you are interested as a comment! Priority will be given to mentors who have interacted more with the winners, and who have been more active in GCI this year (by instance/interaction count)