Global Updates From World View
March 2006

International Summer Opportunities for Educators

Visiting a foreign country and meeting new friends can be life changing experiences. If you have a break this summer, why not take advantage of one of the many international professional development and travel abroad opportunities? This issue of Global Updates highlights a sample of summer institutes or courses, international service learning opportunities, and international study tours. Please tell us about your international adventure when you return and if you have any great photographs of schools or classrooms, please send them to me, and I may include a story and photograph about your experience in a future Global Update!

Summer Institutes, Workshops, Courses & Conferences (US-based)

Curriculum Development Workshop on Russia
The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC), in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Education, University of Illinois, invites secondary and community college educators to take part in a five-day workshop to develop a more effective curriculum on Russia, which can be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as world geography, world cultures, world/U.S. history, politics, and economics. The workshop features presentations by U of I faculty and other specialists. Application deadline is April 14. For more information and an application, please visit: or contact: Lynda Y. Park at
Dates: June 24 – 28
Location: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Cost: $50, includes free housing, some meals, and a reader. Participants are responsible for their own travel. Limited travel grants may be available.

Facing the Future Summer Institute: It’s All Connected: Integrating Global Issues & Sustainability Across the Curriculum
This summer institute is for middle and high school teachers and will include sessions on global sustainability, best teaching practices in the context of sustainability and global education, standards-based, engaging hands-on activities, background and strategies on service learning and action including current research, curriculum, project examples, resources, and worksheets, and activities, tools, and strategies to effectively integrate global sustainability as a contextual framework for teaching core subjects. For more information visit: Dates: July 10-14
Location: Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH
Cost: $950, includes room and board. Excludes travel.  

Korean History and Culture and the Korean American Experience for K-12 Educators
This five-day seminar, designed for elementary, middle and high school public and private school teachers and administrators, offers a unique opportunity to learn about Korean history and culture and the Korean American experience. Participants will learn about Korea and its rich heritage and also become more effective in meeting the needs of Korean American students and their families. Participants will receive resources and varied lessons for the classroom and information about fellowships to study and travel in Korea. For more information contact Mary Connor at
Dates: July 24-28
Location: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Cost: $75 refundable deposit (instruction only)

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals, held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison . Instruction is offered in the following languages:  Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Each language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit.  Instruction is given in small individualized groups. Visit for more information.
Dates: June 19-August 11
Location: Madison , Wisconsin
Cost: $3,000 (language instruction only)

Understanding and Teaching about Islam
Dar al Islam is pleased to offer a free residential two-week long summer institute for educators. The program covers the faith, civilization, and world-view of Islam through a study of primary texts and classical and later interpretations. The Institute’s major goal is to offer educators an opportunity to see how Islam works in the daily life of Muslims and to better understand the basic tenets this fast growing faith in the Untied States and the world. Application deadline is April 3. For more information please visit or contact program director Karima Diane Alavi at 505-685-4515 x 24 or
Dates: July 5-16
Location: Abiquiu, northern New Mexico
Cost: no registration costs, participants must pay for their own travel to Albuquerque, “rustic” accommodations provided.

Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage
This online course for teachers and librarians will focus primarily on children's books that have been recommended by the Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. When read and explored as a body, together with supplemental readings and resources, Americas Award titles offer a unique resource with which to explore Latin America, the Caribbean and US Latino cultures in all their diversity. Three undergrad or grad credits offered. For more information, please contact Julie Kline: or visit
Dates: June 26 - August 5
Location: Online Course, (offered by UW-Milwaukee)
Cost: $954.50 / $1,728.35 (for 3 undergraduate/graduate credits)

World Affairs Council of Washington DC's 2006 Summer Institute for Teachers: Looking Towards Asia
Learn new techniques for bringing critical global issues into your classroom. Engage firsthand with some of the foremost experts in the foreign policy field and educators from around the country. This Institute offers access to international experts, interactive seminars, on-site sessions at the U.S. Department of State, Asian Development Bank and Smithsonian Institution, free materials for the classroom, peer brainstorming sessions, simulation exercise: North-South Korea, a national network of teachers, and optional graduate school credit. For further information visit
Dates: June 26 - 30
Location: Washington, D.C.
Cost: $200 (does not include travel and housing)

  International Service Learning and Volunteer Opportunities

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural solutions flexible international volunteer programs offer the opportunity to come face-to-face with global issues and become part of productive solutions. They have developed partnerships with social service pioneers in a number of host countries and sponsor projects that focus on health care, education, and social development. Participants can choose from almost 200 start dates and from 10 countries.
Duration: 2-12 weeks
Cost: $2,389 – and higher (excludes travel to and from the site)

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch expeditions allow participants to work side-by-side with leading scientists on ongoing research projects worldwide. Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process. Decisions are made beginning in March and ending when funds are exhausted.
Duration: varies
Cost: $700 - $4,000 (excludes travel to and from the site; sponsorship available)

Global Educators Program
The Global Educators Program is designed to provide educators with 3 or 4 week, team-teaching experiences in sites around the world. The program has placed over 500 educators in "host schools" in over 45 countries. Each participant chooses the location to which s/he will travel and designs a personalized Professional Development Plan to meet his/her specific needs and interests. In addition to the international teaching experience, participants earn graduate credits by selecting from options that include participation in conferences and workshops, designing 'globalized' curriculum and/or comparative research projects; and developing collaborative telecommunications project work between home and host school students and teachers. Course is open to pre-K through post-secondary educators, all subject and content areas, including administration, special needs, counseling, vocational education, etc. Applications accepted November through April. For further information visit or contact: Dr. Carol LeBreck Tel: (715) 425-6904 or
Duration: 3 or 4 weeks
Cost: varies depending on site

Global Volunteers
Global Volunteers is a non-governmental organization based in St. Paul Minnesota that places volunteers in 150 programs in 20 countries, including the United States. Teams of volunteers live and work together with local people on human and economic development projects.
Duration: 1-3 weeks
Cost: $1,370-$2,750

Global Volunteer Network

The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. They currently provide volunteer programs in Costa Rica, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Duration: most programs are 2-12 weeks
Cost: varies depending on country of program and length of stay.

Habitat for Humanity: Global Village Program
Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village trips allows participants a unique opportunity to become active partners with people of another culture. Team members work alongside members of the host country to build homes in impoverished areas.
Duration: 9-14 days
Cost: $1,000 - $2,200 (includes room and board, travel insurance, in country transportation and a donation to the project)

Operations Crossroads/The Africa Project
Operations Crossroads in a cross-cultural exchange program offering seven-week volunteer opportunities in various African countries. All projects are community-initiated, so participants will live and work with hosts who have designed the project. Projects fall into five categories: community construction/development, women in development, agriculture/reforestation, community medical or health outreach, and education/training projects. Visit for more information.
Duration: 7 weeks (June 15-August 10)
Cost: $3,500 (includes airfare, in country travel, room and board, materials)

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program sponsors several types of scholarships for individual study terms ranging from three months to two years abroad. Qualified professionals can apply through their local rotary clubs. While abroad, scholars give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with local Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.
Duration: varies
Cost: none

Service Civil International Voluntary Service
Service Civil International is a non-profit network for voluntary service promoting global tolerance and understanding through grassroots community service in 50 countries. Its service visits require less out-of-pocket cost, but are somewhat more rustic – often requiring volunteers to bring sleeping bags and tents. Participants must be willing to live, work, and cook together with others from different backgrounds and cultures.
Duration: 2- 3 weeks
Cost: $195 (excludes travel to and from the site)

WorldTeach at the Center for International Development
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. In addition to year-long programs, World Teach also offers 2-month service programs in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Namibia, Poland, and South Africa.
Duration: 2 months
Cost: $3,990 (includes airfare)

International Study Tours

EDTech Summer Study Abroad Program in RUSSIA
During this four week program K-12 teachers will explore Russia 's fascinating ethnic diversity, art, and history while learning how educational technology can enhance teaching. The program combines the “hands on” teaching of technology tools with an emphasis on how to use and adapt these tools to address content standards in social studies, history, language arts, mathematics, and science. A specially designed set of experiences on Russian history and culture will be integrated into the coursework and will serve as “content” in the development of technology mediated curricular materials. Participants will meet and talk with Russian teachers enabling you to build a learning community that spans the globe. Educators will visit Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Volgograd. Contact Brook Thompson at or 517-432-9259 or visit for more information.
Dates: June 18 – July 16
Location: Russia
Cost: approximately $5,000 (includes graduate credits, travel, some meals, and instruction costs)

Education for Global Citizenship: Professional Development in Nicaragua
The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College is sponsoring a professional development seminar in Nicaragua.  This seminar is designed to help educators explore the relationship of education to responsible global citizenship.  You will share ideas for internationalizing curricula with colleagues, and examine new strategies for active engagement in issues of global importance.  You will learn about study abroad opportunities for your students, as well as how to add an international component to your own courses.  There will be numerous field trips where participants can interact with a diverse cross-section of Nicaraguan society.  Application deadline is March 27, 2006. For more information visit 
Date: June 24-July 2
Location: Nicaragua
Cost: $1,325 until January 30 or $1,425 after that.  Price does not include airfare.  

Experiencing Southeast Asia Travel Seminar
U.S. educators will take part in a powerful cross-cultural learning experience, and form lasting friendships as they travel through Cambodia and Thailand . Included in the program is a one-week homestay and job-shadowing of teachers in Thailand , discussions with political and business leaders and social activists, and visits to cultural and historical sites. For more information visit Applications must be received by March 20, 2006. Dates: July 14- August 6, 2006
Location: Cambodia and Thailand
Cost: $1,250 (includes lodging and most meals, guides, site visits. Excludes airfare to/from Bangkok and passport and visa fees)  

Study Tour to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Sponsored by the Social Studies & Global Education Program of The Ohio State University, participants will visit Quito, Otavalo, San Antonio Ibarra, Cotacachi and Calderon on the mainland. There will be an eight day cruise on the M/V Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands with shore excursions, lectures and snorkeling opportunities. Academic credit is available through Ohio State University ’s College of Education. For additional information and an application, contact the study tour leader: M. Eugene Gilliom, Professor Emeritus, (614-451-1518 or )
Date: June 28 - July 11 (Optional extension to Machu Picchu , July 11 - 16). Location: Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
Cost: $4,295, not including roundtrip flight to Quito

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"After the Iron Curtain: Old Ethnicities and New Economies in Southeastern Europe"
April 28-29,

The Program in the Humanities and Human Values invites you to join us for a weekend Adventures in Ideas seminar called “After the Iron Curtain: Old Ethnicities & New Economies in Southeastern Europe,” April 28-29.

Southeast Europe is a region of great mountains, great empires, ancient and classical cultures, deeply ingrained ethnic identities, and horrible wars. Was it ethnic hatred or the desire for political gain that motivated the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina?  What are the challenges of implementing the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement today? And what is the future of Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria in the European Union? In this seminar, we’ll discuss the region’s rich ethnic diversity alongside the newest economic forces in order to better understand what it will take for peace to prevail.

Scholarships for teachers are available. Teachers also receive a certificate recommending renewal credit for 10 contact hours. For more information go to or call (919) 962-1544.


Curriculum Pathways ® from
SAS inSchool

SAS inSchool® is proud to announce that the Curriculum Pathways® software is free to public high schools in North Carolina! North Carolina participants can log in via the NCWiseOwl Web site at and find information specific to North Carolina. If you are interested in enrolling your school, please visit and follow these steps:

Click the "Enrolled Schools" link on the right side of the screen to see if your school has already been registered. If your school isn’t on the list, click "Enroll your school" to start the enrollment process.

When SAS receives your information, they will contact your school's technology specialist to confirm that your school computers meet minimum requirements. Next, they’ll issue a username and password to your school technology specialist. Due to the overwhelming response to this program, it may take up to 12 business days once your school has been contacted to confirm technical requirements.


Two New Units from CHOICES just Released!

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
This new resource from the CHOICES Program gives high school and college students the tools they need to wrestle with the questions that surround the future of nuclear weapons.

Part I introduces students to the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. Part II examines some of the arguments for and against nuclear weapons and then looks at three challenges: (1) the leftover arsenals of the Cold War, (2) proliferation, and (3) the threat of nuclear terrorism. At the core of the unit is a framework of choices for U.S. foreign policy concerning nuclear weapons.

The United Nations: Challenges and Change
This unit introduces students to the idea of "collective security." At the turn of the twenty-first century, the United Nations is at the center of world affairs. Today, as the international community debates changes to the UN, the United States must consider the role it will play within the organization. How should the UN fit into future international affairs? Students will examine the UN’s role in the world through an evaluation of three areas of UN work - the Security Council, peacekeeping, and the Commission on Human Rights.

For more information go to:


The Global Concerns Project

Did you know that over 130 million children around the world have never been in a classroom? The Global Concerns Project seeks to increase students' understanding of current international issues. The Global Concerns Project inspires debate and dialogue in schools by providing classroom materials, coordinating guest speakers, organizing workshops, and creating global concerns after-school clubs. Curriculum themes include HIV/AIDS, Hunger, Women's Rights, Child Labor, Education, and Water. Participation and materials are available free of charge. Learn more at:


Middle East is the UN Association's March Lunch and Learn Topic
March 22, 2006

Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia. Throughout the Middle East momentous events are taking place that affect global security. And the United States, by virtue of its global interests, is unavoidably involved in them all.

Curtis Jones, a former foreign service officer and Middle East expert will discuss "The Middle East: What Does Washington Do Now?" at the West Triangle UN Association's Lunch and Learn meeting on Wednesday, March 22 at the Holiday Inn in Chapel Hill, Noon-2:00 PM. Reservations may be made by sending a check, in the amount of $15 payable to "UNA West Triangle Chapter," to Barbara Rodbell, 404 Carolina Meadows Villa, Chapel Hill 27517. The deadline for reservations is March 17. Questions 942-1239.


AID offers Global Scholar seminar to involve high schoolers in global affairs

Americans for Informed Democracy is pleased to offer a two-week summer enrichment program for rising juniors and seniors in high school interested in international relations. Held at Washington and Lee University from July 2-15, 2006, the program will prepare students for the academic rigor of college and develop their leadership skills at the same time as building a global competence that students can draw on throughout their lives.

Students will hear from leaders in international affairs and delve into a curriculum modeled on the "Introduction to World Affairs" courses offered at America 's leading universities. They will also have the chance to videoconference with their peers halfway around the world, visit leading global institutions such as the World Bank, journey to foreign countries through film, and devise policy responses to a hypothetical global crisis in an interactive simulation.

For more on the Global Scholar program, visit