2019 Global Study Visit Program
June 15-24, 2019
Chapel Hill, NC & Moldova
Spring 2019 through October 2019 | Travel dates to Moldova are June 15-24, 2019
Application deadline extended to March 15, 2019
This program begins with a two-day professional development workshop and orientation focused on learning about Moldova and its connections to North Carolina. The State of North Carolina has a bilateral partnership with the Republic of Moldova. The official North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership was formalized in 1999 and it has since evolved into a partnership that includes the efforts of many individuals and organizations, including private firms, civic clubs and non-profit entities. This unique relationship between North Carolina and Moldova was built upon cultural, academic and scientific exchanges, as well as governmental cooperation and humanitarian efforts.
The cost of the Moldova Study Visit Program, including a two-day spring workshop and orientation, an 8-day study visit to Moldova, a follow-up workshop and program materials is $4,100. There is an additional charge of $670 if you prefer a single room while traveling to Moldova.
The $4,100 fee includes:
- Registration to the Spring 2019 Moldova Study Visit Workshop and Orientation
- Roundtrip international airfare from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) to Chisinau, Moldova
- Ground transportation within Moldova
- All host family (one night) and hotel (six nights) accommodations. Hotel accommodations are based on double or greater occupancy
- Most meals in Moldova
- Supplemental UNC-Chapel Hill Study Abroad international accident and sickness insurance
- All educational, cultural and historical activities, excluding independent activities
- General gratuities
- Registration to the study visit follow-up workshop in September 2019
- Program materials for orientation and follow-up workshop
Please note: Exactly 12 participants are needed to operate the study visit.
Simple Gifts: The Simple Gifts Scholarship is provided through the generous support of the Simple Gifts Fund, which strives to enrich and improve the lives of motivated, rural eastern NC teachers and their students. The Simple Gifts fund seeks to provide scholarships to teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, who understand the power of knowledge and who appreciate the importance of inspiring excellence in their students. Applicants who are chosen to participate in World View Moldova Study Visit and meet the following criteria will be eligible for a full scholarship covering the cost of the experience. Once selected, applicants will be responsible for paying a $200 deposit that will be returned to them upon successful completion of the program.
To be considered for the Simple Gifts Scholarship, applicants must:
- Be a teacher, guidance counselor, media assistant, or assistant principal in a public school, in one of the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Chowan, Columbus, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson
- Plan to continue working in their current school system and county during the following school year
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This is intended to be a unique and challenging professional development opportunity—not a tourist trip! Educators who participate in the Moldova Global Study Visit Program can expect to:
- Build their own global competencies as they investigate global issues, explore their own perspectives and learn from and with individuals with different perspectives, communicate across cultures and take action by transferring the study visit experience into their own role as an educator.
- Increase their own confidence and capacity for introducing global issues and themes and supporting global education initiatives in their education environment.
- Exercise collaboration and leadership skills by working with others, both North Carolina and Moldovan educators, moving outside of their comfort zones to be flexible and adaptable, engaging in critical self-reflection and planning follow-up steps.
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of culture, language and daily life in Moldova.
- Gain knowledge of Moldova’s educational systems and practices by visiting schools and engaging in discussions, workshops and team teaching with Moldovan educators.
- Explore selected cultural and historical sites in Moldova.
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between North Carolina and Moldova, as well as explore the perspectives and challenges faced by Moldovan and other Eastern European students living in North Carolina.
- Design and share a “deliverable” that enables transfer of this powerful global experience back to the participant’s school. Deliverables can take a variety of forms: a globally integrated unit, a PD workshop for peers, a culture kit and learning guide to be shared with a grade level team, incorporation into a Global Educator Digital Badge PD Capstone, a global education action plan, etc.
- Produce at least one reflection on the study visit experience to be shared with World View. This reflection can take a variety of forms and can be produced during or after the study visit. Examples include a photo essay, a brief article, a story map, blog posts, an audio diary, etc.
Participants on this trip must be in good health. Participants are expected to carry their own luggage and walk several miles per day.
Each participant must have a passport that is valid at the time of entry and at least 1 blank passport page for an entry stamp. Should there be insufficient blank pages in your passport, entry into the country could be denied. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the return date.
All participants must send a clear digital image of the first page of their passport by March 4, 2019. Passport applications can take months to process. If you do not currently have a passport, you should apply for one immediately: travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html
Participants do not need a tourist visa for stays less than 90 days.
To apply, please complete an application and send in your $500 deposit by February 26, 2019.
The application deadline is February 26, 2019, or until filled. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis, unless you have traveled with World View before. If you have traveled on a previous World View Study Visit you will be placed on a waitlist until the deadline has passed. Deposit checks will be deposited upon acceptance.
All participants are required to attend a two-day spring workshop and orientation in Chapel Hill. During the orientation, participants will receive a binder with information and additional details. Between the orientation and study visit, participants will receive regular emails from leaders.
The cost of the Moldova Study Visit Program, including a two-day spring workshop and orientation, an 8-day study visit to Moldova, a follow up workshop and program materials is $4,100. There is an additional charge of $670 if you prefer a single room while traveling to Moldova.
Cost excludes the following:
- Passport application or renewal charges
- Travel to and from departure airport in North Carolina
- Baggage fees
- Trip cancellation or baggage insurance
- Meals on international travel days plus a few additional lunches and dinners (final number TBD)
- Supplemental excursion activities and personal and incidental expenses (including alcohol)
- Travel and accommodations for the World View workshop and orientation in spring 2019 and follow-up workshop in September 2019
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers to Moldova 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 if you have questions or concerns.
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
We are unable to accommodate deviations from the scheduled dates of this particular study visit.
For additional questions, please contact Holly Loranger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-843-7793.
At the conclusion of World View Global Study Visit Programs, participants gather in Chapel Hill for a one day follow-up workshop. This year, the workshop will take place in September 2019. The goal of the day is to reflect on the trip and discuss ways to design content-aligned learning experiences for our students.
Participants are also required to design and share one reflection (due September 2019) and one deliverable (due October 2019) to demonstrate how the study visit program impacted you as an educator and will be integrated into your school, district or community college environment.