2017 South Africa Study Visit

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World View’s 2017 Study Visit to South Africa

June 16-30, 2017

The $5,400* fee includes:
• Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham airport
• Air and ground travel within South Africa to Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and a Game Reserve
• All hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
• Most meals
• Entrance fees to cultural and historical sites
• Activities and collaborations with local schools and colleges
• Services of local guide/translator
• Supplemental health insurance

*An additional charge of $250 is added for educators outside of North Carolina
Please note: A minimum of 17 participants is needed to operate the study visit.

APPLICATION FAQ FOLLOW-UP

Note: please download and save your application prior to completing it digitally.


 

FAQ

What should I expect from this study visit?
Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?
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?
What if I have additional questions?


What should I expect from this study visit?
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 carry their own luggage and walk several miles.

Educators who participate in the South Africa Study Visit can expect to:

  1. Interact with and learn from communities in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town
  2. Explore the educational system in South Africa through K-12 and postsecondary school visits and discussions with school officials
  3. Examine the contemporary impact of historical events through the lens of Apartheid
  4. Engage in critical self-reflection throughout the experience
  5. Design content-aligned learning experiences for students

Do I need passport? Do I need a visa?

Each participant must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the departure date and at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) on entry for both visas and stamps. Should there be insufficient blank pages in your passport then entry into or exit from the country could be denied.

All participants must send a clear digital image of the first page of their passport by March 3, 2017.  Passport applications can take months to process. If you do not currently have a passport, you should apply for one immediately: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html

American citizens do not need to purchase a visa for travel to South Africa. Non-American participants should check with their government for more information

How do I apply for the study visit?
To apply for the study visit, please complete an , and clear digital image of passport, and upload to http://go.unc.edu/Dp5k3 and submit (ideally) a $500 deposit by December 16, 2016.

When will I know if I am on the study visit?
The study visit application deadline is December 16, 2016, and study visit participants will be notified of acceptance 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 29-30, 2017. During the seminar, study visit participants will gather with the study visit leader for an orientation that will cover additional information to prepare for travel to and within South Africa.  During the orientation, participants will receive a binder with information about each location and additional details. Between the orientation and study visit, participants will receive regular emails from study visit leaders with additional information and tips to help prepare for the experience.

What will I have to pay for on the study visit?
The cost of the 14-day Study Visit to South Africa is $5,400, plus an additional $990 if you prefer a single room.  For all educators outside of North Carolina, $250 will be added to the final cost.

Cost includes the following:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Raleigh-Durham Airport to South Africa
  • Air and ground travel within South Africa
  • All hotel accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Breakfast daily, 4 group lunches, and 2 group dinners
  • Cash packet for 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Supplemental health insurance
  • Fees for cultural and historical activities, excluding independent field study day activities
  • All gratuities for hotel staff, drivers, and guides
  • Hotel and airport porterage
  • Bottled water on airport transfers and day tours
  • Materials for orientation and follow-up workshop

Cost excludes the following:

  • Passport application or renewal
  • Visa cost (if necessary)
  • Travel to Raleigh-Durham airport
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners (about 150 Rand or $10 USD each)
  • Baggage fees
  • Trip cancellation insurance (if desired)
  • Supplemental excursion activities
  • Personal and incidental expenses (including alcohol during all meals)
  • Registration and accommodations for the World View Seminar on March 29-30, 2017
  • Accommodations and travel to follow-up workshop (August 2017)

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 South Africa 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, 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 an 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 Julie Kinnaird at 919-962-6785.


 

Follow-up Workshop Information

After every World View study visit, participants gather in Chapel Hill for a one day follow-up workshop. This year, the workshop will take place September 8, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence (CCEE). The goal of the day is to reflect on our study visit and discuss ways to design content-aligned learning experiences for our students.