2016 Germany Study Visit




10 Day Study Visit

June 18-29, 2016

The estimated $4,550* fee includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International airport
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Some meals in Germany
  • Ground transfers & transportation in Germany (per itinerary)
  • Entrance fees to cultural and historical sites
  • 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 WORKSHOP


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. Educators will learn about Germany’s education system and compare it with our system through interaction with German educators and students. We will also explore Germany’s development, green policy and significant cultural and historical sights. This Study Visit is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity. To best prepare for the Study Visit, participants are required to attend a day-and-a-half seminar that focuses on Europe at a Crossroads (March 23-24, 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, the Study Visit and the 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, and we seek candidates who have not yet had an opportunity to travel abroad. World View’s Study Visit to Germany 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. Participants of all other past World View Study Visits may submit an application but will be placed on a waitlist until the deadline has passed.

*Add $250 if out of state applicant
Please Note: This trip requires a minimum of 20 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 this study visit?
What if I want to stay longer or arrive earlier than the group?
What is expected from me after the study visit?
What if I have additional questions? 

What should I expect from this study visit?
During the Germany study visit, educators will explore education, culture and green policy in Germany with a short venture into Strasbourg, France to see the EU in action. Through guided visits to key cultural sites, government offices and green industry we’ll follow Germany’s transition from World War II to today’s leadership position in the EU. We’ll also visit schools and colleges where participants will interact with students and teachers, learn about key education issues in Germany and establish relationships for future collaborations. This Study Visit is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity.

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 Germany. 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 day-and-a-half seminar (Europe at a Crossroads) and orientation in Chapel Hill. This seminar will take place on March 23-24, 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 11-day Study Visit to Germany is estimated at $4,550. 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 Germany, land transport within Germany per the itinerary, accommodations, some meals, 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: Some meals, transport to and from a North Carolina international airport, baggage fees, passport (~$135), 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 23-24, 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 Germany 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.

What if I have additional questions?
For additional questions, please contact Alexandria Faulkenbury (afaulkenbury@unc.edu) at (919) 843-8210.

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 in August or September and will include presentations on using your new experiences in the classroom, group discussion/reflection, and sharing of resources to support your lesson or action plan on Germany.

2016 Workshop Agenda
Directions & Parking
Lesson Plan Template
Action Plan

Follow-up Resources
Germany Follow-up Presentation
Germany’s School System
The German School System in Bavaria
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