2016 Costa Rica and Nicaragua Study Visit

 

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10 Day Study Visit

July 22-31, 2016

The estimated $2,650* fee includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International airport
  • 6-night home stay accommodations; 3-night hotel stay
  • Some meals in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • Ground transfers & transportation in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (per itinerary)
  • Entrance fees to cultural, historical sites and ecological sites
  • “Spanish for Educators” language lessons
  • Activities and collaborations with local schools and colleges
  • Services of local guide/translator
  • Supplemental health insurance

STUDY VISIT APPLICATION  This trip is full.
FAQ 
FOLLOW-UP WORSKHOP


STUDY VISIT GOAL

The goal of the Study Visit is to help educators become leaders for global education by looking beyond the borders of North Carolina and experiencing a culture, country and people different from their own. In addition to the Spanish language, educators will learn about and compare Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s education systems, development and environmental issues. We will also explore significant cultural and historical sites and interact with families. This Study Visit is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity—not a tourist trip! Participants on this trip must be in good health and able to handle heat and humidity, carry their own luggage and walk several miles. To best prepare for the Study Visit, participants are required to attend a two-day seminar and orientation (March 22-23, 2016) in Chapel Hill. Following the Study Visit, participants will attend a follow-up workshop in August 2016. Knowledge, strategies and experiences from the seminar, Study Visit and follow-up workshop will give participants the ability to add global content to their teaching and help their schools and colleges become more global in focus.

STUDY VISIT ELIGIBILITY

The ideal candidate is an educator who is committed to global education and adding global content and activity to their school or college. World View considers international travel to be an essential aspect of being well-educated in the 21st century, so we seek candidates who have not yet had an opportunity to travel abroad. World View’s Study Visit to Costa Rica and Nicaragua is open to any educator, yet priority will be given to educators who are part of one of World View’s partner schools systems, schools or community colleges. Secondary priority will be given to educators who have not traveled internationally in the past. Participants of previous World View Study Visits may submit an application but will be placed on a wait list until the deadline has passed.

*Add $250 if out of state applicant
Please Note: This trip requires a minimum of 17 participants.

FAQ

What should I expect from this study visit?
Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?
What if I am worried about sending a copy of my passport through email?
How do I apply for the study visit?
When will I know if I am on the study visit?
What preparation and information will be provided before the study visit?
What will I have to pay for on the study visit?
What vaccinations do I need for this study visit?
Do you have any advice for finding funding for the study visit?
What if I want to stay longer or arrive earlier than the group?
What is expected of me after the study visit?
Do you help arrange hotel and parking at the airport?
What if I have additional questions? 

What should I expect from this study visit?
During the Costa Rica and Nicaragua study visit, educators will learn about and compare Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s education systems, development and environmental issues. We will also explore significant cultural and historical sites and interact with families. This Study Visit is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity—not a tourist trip! Participants on this trip must be in good health and able to handle heat and humidity, carry their own luggage and walk several miles. All participants will stay with host families in the coffee growing community of Atenas while in Costa Rica. While in Nicaragua, participants will have modest local hotel accommodations.

Do I need passport? Do I need a visa?
Each participant must have a passport valid at least 6 months after the return date of the Study Visit.  If you do not currently have a passport, you must apply for one immediately upon acceptance to the trip: passports.state.gov  American citizens do not need to purchase a visa for travel to Costa Rica or Nicaragua. Non-American participants should check with their government for more information.  All participants must send a digital copy of their passport to World View by March 4, 2016.

What if I am worried about sending a copy of my passport through email?
Participants are encouraged to send digital copies of their passport through encrypted email. Please see below for email encryption instructions.

Using Outlook:

  1. Open a new message and under the Options tab, click More Options.
  2. Select Security Settings.
  3. Inside the Security Properties pop-up box, check the box labeled Encrypt message contents and attachments.

Using Gmail:

  1. Download the Google Chrome extension SafeGmail
  2. Once downloaded, open a new email in Gmail.
  3. Check the box marked

Using other email clients:

Please contact your school or district’s IT support office for information on encryption.

How do I apply for the study visit?
To apply for the study visit, please complete an application, ideally with $500 deposit and digital copy of passport, and return to Alexandria Faulkenbury (afaulkenbury@unc.edu) by December 4, 2015.

When will I know if I am on the study visit?
The study visit application deadline is December 4, 2015, and study visit participants will be notified of acceptance in early 2016. Deposit checks will be deposited upon acceptance to the study visit.

What preparation and information will be provided before the study visit?
All study visit participants are required to attend a two-day seminar and orientation in Chapel Hill. This seminar will take place on March 22-23, 2016. During the seminar, study visit participants will gather with the study visit leader for an orientation that will cover additional information about the trip, packing and other useful tips. All participants will also receive an orientation binder with information about each country and additional details about the trip. Between the orientation and study visit, participants will receive regular emails from study visit leaders with additional information and tips prior for planning your time abroad.

What will I have to pay for on the study visit?
The cost of the 10-day Study Visit to Costa Rica and Nicaragua is estimated at $2,650. This estimated cost may change due to changes in fuel charges or other potential airline fee changes. This includes round trip airfare from a North Carolina international airport to Costa Rica / Nicaragua, land transport within Costa Rica and Nicaragua per the itinerary, accommodations, two meals a day with family in Costa Rica, daily breakfast and one dinner in Nicaragua, language instruction, entrance fees to cultural and historical sites, gratuities, supplemental health insurance and briefing materials. Add $250 to the final cost if educator is from out of state.
Not included: Daily lunch in Costa Rica (~$7 per day), daily lunch and dinner in Nicaragua (~$7 per day), baggage fees, passport (~$135), transport to and from a North Carolina international airport, exit fees, supplemental excursion activities, personal and incidental expenses (including alcoholic beverages), recommended vaccinations, and trip cancellation insurance (if desired),. Registration, travel and accommodations for the March 22-23, 2016 World View Seminar and August follow-up workshop are not included.

What vaccinations do I need for this study visit?
World View cannot legally give participants medical advice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers to Costa Rica & Nicaragua are up to date on all routine immunizations and visit a doctor 4-6 weeks before traveling. Please see the CDC website for additional recommendations.  Please check with your medical provider or World View if you have questions or concerns.

Do you have any advice for finding funding for the study visit?
World View recommends talking to your school or district about possible funding for the study visit. You can also try contacting your school’s PTA, your local Rotary chapter or other professional organizations that you belong to. Previous participants have also applied for various education grants or done fundraising on their own

What if I want to stay longer or arrive earlier than the group?
Trip deviations are sometimes possible and are handled on case-by-case basis. Please talk to the study visit leader at least six months before departure if you are considering a deviation from the scheduled dates of the study visit.

What is expected from me after the study visit?
Following the study visit, participants are required to take part in a one-day post-trip workshop in Chapel Hill, where they will reconnect with the study visit group and discuss ways to incorporate their experience in the classroom, school or college. Participants are also required to submit a lesson plan or action plan following the trip. Past study visit lesson plans can be viewed here.

Do you help arrange hotel and flight at the airport?
For the 2016 Costa Rica and Nicaragua study visit, a hotel block has been arranged for those who wish to stay at the airport on July 21, 2016. Parking is included in the hotel stay.

Holiday Inn Express
(919) 653-2260
1014 Airport Blvd., Morrisville, NC 27560
$109 +tax, guaranteed until July 1, 2016.
Rooms may be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the World View rate, or by clicking here.

What if I have additional questions?
For additional questions, please contact Julie Kinnaird (kinnaird@unc.edu) at (919) 962-6785.

Follow-up Workshop Information

After every World View study visit, participants gather in Chapel Hill at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence for a one day follow-up workshop. The program will take place Friday, September 30, 9am to 4pm.  The goal of the day is to reflect on our study visit and discuss ways on using our new experiences in the classroom.  There will be sessions and activities that include group discussion and reflection and sharing of resources to support your Costa Rica/Nicaragua lesson or action plan.

Costa Rica/Nicaragua Follow up Workshop Agenda

Migration in Costa Rica (Fabiola’s slides)

Julie’s Slides Part 1
Julie’s Slides Part 2

Cate Brubaker’s book: The Re-Entry Relaunch Roadmap: A Creative Workbook for Finding Happiness, Success & Your Next Global Adventure After Being Abroad


Directions&Parking
Lesson Plan Template
Action Plan