[Currentcse] Fw: Thailand program, summer 2016

Sprecher, Katharine sprecher at ohio.edu
Thu Feb 18 18:11:32 EST 2016

Hi folks,

I wanted to share this very affordable late spring / summer / early fall learning opportunity being coordinated by my colleague, Dr. Emmanuel Jean Francois, coordinator for the Comparative and International Leadership program in the Department of Educational Studies at Ohio University. Dr. Jean Francois takes a critical approach to the study of global issues and education and is an all-around wonderful person.

     As he explains below, this trip is grant-funded, so the travel cost to students is fairly minimal; though students would be financially responsible for the pre- and post-travel credit hours. See below for more information!



Katharine M. Sprecher, PhD
Lecturer, Critical Studies in Educational Foundations
Department of Educational Studies, Ohio University
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education
N-278 Lindley Hall, Athens, OH 45701
sprecher at ohio.edu, 740-597-3373
From: Jean Francois, Emmanuel
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 11:36:52 AM
To: Lowery, Charles; Robinson, Dwan; Larson, William; Allen, Leonard; Hartman, Cindy; Sprecher, Katharine; Machtmes, Krisanna; Moore, David; Ward Randolph, Adah
Subject: Thailand program, summer 2016

Greetings colleagues and Happy Wednesday:

Please, find attached a flyer about my seminar and international service-learning program in Thailand.  I would appreciate if you could forward it to your students, especially those you think might be interested.

The program includes three major phases:

Phase 1 (Spring 2016): There will be a 30-hour pre-travel orientation that will take place on Saturdays and involve Thai language instruction and workshops to develop instructional materials.

Phase 2 (Summer 2016): The 6-week sojourn in Thailand will take place from June 20th to August 2nd and will involve cross-cultural teaching and collaboration with local groups in service learning projects.  There will also be cultural and educational excursions to schools, museums, Thai temples, outdoor markets, community events, etc., to provide an authentic experience of the Thai people and their daily lives.

Phase 3 (Fall 2016): There will be a 30-hour post-travel workshop that will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays beginning August 13th for a general debriefing and to finalize projects.

This seminar will provide students valuable knowledge about Thailand, intercultural interactions with the Thai people, and the opportunity to acquire first hand experience about education in a Southeast Asian country while enjoying the breathtaking natural landscapes, food, tropical weather, eye opening historical and religious landmarks, and picturesque beaches of that country. Participants will develop instructional modules and resources to be used in k-12 classrooms.

The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, through the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA). The major expenses (i.e., airfares, lodging, food, transportation, and excursions’ fees in Thailand) will be covered by the grant.  Participants will be responsible for Ohio University fees, tuition for credits earned, and personal expenses.  The total cost involved for these required fees for students is $1,813.00 for Ohio students, and approximately $1,465 for in-service teachers or faculty or professionals.  The out-of-pocket expenses are estimated at $815, which would include your passport if you don’t already have one, personal expenses, etc.

For potential participants who are interested in applying, the deadline is February 29, 2016.  Please click on the link to find out more details: https://www.ohio.edu/global/goglobal/programs/thailand.cfm

The application process includes a letter of reference from an administrator, which should address the readiness for participation in the project as well as your instructional, curricular and leadership potential.  In addition, you will be required to submit a 500-1000 word essay that addresses your motivation, readiness and aptitude for intercultural study abroad.

 I thank you very much for your consideration!

Kindest regards,


Emmanuel Jean Francois, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Coordinator- Comparative and International Educational Leadership (CIEL)<https://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/educational-studies/educational-administration/CIEL.cfm>

Coordinator- Doctoral Program in Educational Administration<https://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/educational-studies/educational-administration/#_>

Educational Studies Department
The Gladys W. and David Patton College of Education
Affiliated Faculty, Center for International Studies
Collaborator, Collaborative on Aging
Ohio University
N289 Lindley Hall, Athens OH 45701
Email: jeanfran at ohio.edu
Tel. (740) 593-4731
Fax. (740) 593-0477
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/ohiouniversityea/faculty-staff-1/emmanuel-jean-francois
TELS: http://www.transnationaleducation.org<http://www.transnationaleducatiion.org>

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