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Trip Start Jul 08, 2009
17Trip End Jul 22, 2009
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I was fortunate enough to be selected (over 400 applied – talk about an ego boost) by Korean Studies Workshop for a two week study/travel seminar/workshop to South Korea. Last year, when I was selected for the Fulbright – Hays to Greece and Bulgaria, I hand journaled. Nice but blogging will allow me to insert photos etc. ; therefore, I am setting up this online travel and research blog to which I have added your name to my guest list. I hope you will enjoy getting news of my trip. I am learning about posting entries and photos and hopefully master the technology of both travel pod and my new laptop. I will leave Nashua on 8 July flying to Dulles where I will meet up with a few of the others in my group and then we will embark on a 14 hour flight to Seoul, South Korea.
You can keep in touch with my by replying to the guest book on the website or just sending me regular email.
This is an edited overview that KSW gave us:
I will be among 40 educators who will travel to Korea, July 8 – 22, 2009. We will begin our visit in Seoul with a formal reception attended by representatives from the Korea Foundation and officials from Yonsei University, who assist the Korea Foundation in coordinating the program. In the following days, the American educators will attend lectures and visit relevant sites to learn about Korean history, economics and culture. We will also have the opportunity to meet students and teachers at Goyang Foreign Language High School, where we will learn about the Korean educational system. In addition to our time in Seoul, we will also travel to Gyeongju, the historical capital of Korea, where we will learn more about Korean history and culture. Upon our return, participants are required to submit an impact report detailing how we used this opportunity to benefit our school and community. I will be incorporating this into my Social Studies Methods Course classes as well as upcoming presentations/papers for the International Assembly Annual Conference and Northeast Region Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. There may be some community programs, too.
The Korea Foundation, working in conjunction with Yonsei University, oversees all aspects of the workshop for educators. The Foundation, an independent organization affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sponsors the program, for which 2009 marks the fourth year. The Institute of International Education coordinates the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the program in the United States. Nearly 300 social studies educators from across the United States have visited Korea through the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
26 June 2009