Pre-Trip Workshops



16 hours of pre-departure workshops (guided activities)

March 2014:

- March 13 (Thursday),
5 pm - 8 pm

- March 14 (Friday),
5 pm - 8 pm

Pre-departure orientation, Workshop 1: Introduction to the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program (4 hours)

  • Travel advisory (documentation, visa* and passport information, medical tips, immunization and insurance, travel safety, and itemized requirements).*Not required for US citizens to enter South Korea.
  • Introduction to South Korea (short film followed by group discussion).
  • Introduction to course content (topics, field visits, host organizations, teaching methods, course expectations, room and board arrangements, traveling in country, review of the daily itinerary).
  • Course readings posted on website.
  • Pre-trip survey protocols.
  • Pre “My Cultural Awareness Profile” survey
  • Language background survey
  • Self-Assessment of Korean Language Proficiency, Pre-Survey

April 2014:
- April 11 (Friday), 5 pm - 8 pm

- April 12 (Saturday),
 9 am - 12 pm

Pre-departure orientation, Workshop 2: Language Learning Seminar (4 hours)

  • Introduction to Korean 101 (overview of the language and language learning plans during travel).
  • Film on Hangul (Korean language) and discussion on second language learning.
  • Learning the Korean alphabet.
  • Course readings and information package distributed

May 2014

Pre-departure orientation, Workshop 3: Intercultural Learning Seminar (4 hours)

  • Short cultural trip to Korean communities and neighborhoods in New Jersey.
  • Film on Korean culture followed by guided discussion on “cultural immersion,” “intercultural communication,” and contrasts between a “study-tour” trip and “tourism.”
  • A PBS video clip on South Korea's 'Education Fever' followed by guided discussions on cross-cultural educational themes.

June 2014

Pre-departure orientation, Workshop 4: Outcomes and Deliverables (4 hours)

  • Discussion of post-trip outcomes, guiding questions for resource materials and multimedia-based resources.
  • Participants familiarizing themselves with using blogs and YouTube channel for electronic journals during the trip.
  • Discussion of technology use (e.g. digital cameras, tablets, laptops, cell phones) during the trip.
  • Travel advisory reminder and travel arrangements finalized.
  • Buddy-pairs determined for the overseas trip.
  • Safety issues and evacuation plans discussed.
  • Travel checklist distributed.
  • Preparation for departure and determination of emergency contacts.