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NEA-Heifer International Study Tour

The National Education Association and Heifer International are pleased to announce this study tour to Honduras, July 31-August 9, 2009. 

Thanks to the generous support from the NEA Foundation, this fully funded study tour will provide the selected participants a unique insight into Heifer International’s work in Honduras. 

 It will be staffed by Heifer International, with coordinating support from the National Education Association (NEA).

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The National Education Association and Heifer International are pleased to announce this study tour to Honduras, July 31-August 9, 2009.  Thanks to the generous support from the NEA Foundation, this fully funded study tour will provide the selected participants a unique insight into Heifer International’s work in Honduras. 

 It will be staffed by Heifer International, with coordinating support from the National Education Association (NEA).

Why are NEA and the NEA Foundation supporting this study tour?

Both the NEA and the NEA Foundation believe in equipping our members to address global education in the nation’s classrooms.  This study tour is one of many initiatives providing resources to members so they are able fulfill the NEA mission of preparing every student to “succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.” 

The resource guide and lessons developed by the study tour participants will be posted on the NEA website so that all educators can benefit from the study tour.  NEA and the NEA Foundation have confidence in the work of Heifer International and its impact alleviating hunger and poverty.

What is Heifer International?

Heifer International combats hunger, alleviates poverty, and restores the environment by providing appropriate livestock, training, and related services to small-scale farmers worldwide. Heifer helps people utilize livestock as an integral component of sustainable agriculture and holistic development.

 Heifer’s projects strengthen rural families and communities through improved nourishment, increased production and the dissemination of skills and knowledge for self-reliance.

Heifer’s key concept is that each recipient must pass on to others some of the offspring of the farm animals they receive. This principle, called “passing on the gift,” assures that each participant in the program becomes a donor, enhancing dignity and participation in each project. Passing on the gift also helps communities to become self-sustaining.

Projects are selected on the basis of meeting Heifer’s twelve “Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development.” These are available at www.heifer.org. Click on “Our Work” – “Our Approach.” The Programs Department staff provides services to Heifer’s program personnel and partner organizations for monitoring and evaluation of all programs.

Heifer has field offices in major program areas around the world that in turn work with a large network of local nongovernmental and grassroots organizations. Most of the field staff are nationals of the country and have a variety of technical skills that help project participants to confront the challenges and problems they encounter.

What will the study tour participants do in Honduras?

The study tour will have three components: workshops, project visits, and cultural-historical visits.  We will have several workshops focusing on Heifer International’s work, issues of hunger and poverty, Honduran history, and related education union issues in Honduras and Latin America. 

These workshops will provide a framework for understanding Heifer International’s work and will model the organization’s work in the field.  The heart of the study tour will be project visits throughout the country that will help you gain first hand knowledge of what Heifer does and why it is so successful. 

 Here you will meet the people and hear their stories, stories that will inform and inspire you to pass on your knowledge. The study tour will conclude with the Mayan ruins at Copan.

A fourth component to this study tour is the opportunity to meet and network with fellow NEA members.  While in Honduras, you will begin to develop a resource guide with lessons.  This study tour will provide you with new knowledge and skills to bring to the classroom, with inspiration to promote Heifer International and its mission to end poverty and hunger.

If I am selected, what are my responsibilities?

The participants selected for the NEA-Heifer International Study Tour to Honduras will develop a web-based resource guide that includes classroom lessons and materials, thus allowing for many more NEA members and educators to benefit from this experience. 

The participants will engage in two web conferences prior to the study tour, write related lessons, and participate in a web conference in September, 2009.  Each participant is expected to teach the lessons and present a workshop to peers.

What costs are covered?

The participation expenses of this study tour are provided through the NEA Foundation, with additional support from NEA International Relations.  This includes roundtrip airfare to Honduras, accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, project visits, tour leaders and guides, workshops, cultural visits and emergency evacuation insurance.  

 If a selected participant does not already have a passport, the participant is responsible for the related expenses. 

 Further, each selected participant will be responsible for the cost of vaccinations recommended by the Center for Disease Control for visits to Honduras.

More information about Heifer International’s Study Tours

The Heifer International website, www.heifer.org/studytours, provides more information on the Study Tours Program. T

here you can learn more about what to expect on a study tour, find answers to many of your questions in the FAQ section, and visit the Past Study Tours page to see video and images, and read articles written by former participants about their life changing experience.

How many people will be selected?

Fifteen NEA members will be selected from a national pool of applicants. 

Who can apply?

This study tour is open to NEA members who work in a K-12 setting.  This can include teachers, ESPs, and others employees, regardless of subject area or grade level.  NEA seeks a diverse delegation, based on the factors of geographic region, gender, race/ethnicity, and job. 

Application Deadline

The application deadline is March 15, 2009.

Please fill out the application here

Questions?

For more information on this study tour, please contact oir@nea.org.


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