In June, one faculty member, one Hobart student and one William Smith student will participate in a program abroad to learn about Japan and its people.
The International Study Tour, sponsored by Technos International College in Tokyo and Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust, is scheduled for June 3-16, leaving from the United States on Saturday, June 2. The HWS group will be hosted by Technos, a two-year college with which HWS has worked for more than a decade. Similar groups will represent seven other U.S. colleges and join students from Oxford, England; and from New Zealand.
The Technos/Tanaka Ikueikai hosts will cover the cost of in-country travel, accommodations and many meals; HWS will cover the cost of air travel. The students and the accompanying faculty member will visit classes at Technos International College and interact with students and colleagues. There will be numerous other academic and cultural activities during the two-week excursion.
To be chosen, a faculty leader should have a genuine interest in Japan, its people, culture and history; a willingness to meet people from different cultural backgrounds and experience aspects of Japanese culture that may be foreign; no previous travel experience in Japan and little or no proficiency in the Japanese language; a desire to serve as group leader and the HWS faculty representative; a willingness to meet with students in pre-departure orientation sessions with the assistance of past faculty and student participants; and a willingness to provide some post-program feedback, including a written report and development of a web page and/or other forum for sharing information.
Those interested should submit a general letter of application to President Gearan by Jan. 15, outlining an interest and qualifications to participate and lead the group. Candidates should discuss specific ways that participation in such an experience might enrich their classes, contribute to their research interests or improve their skills.
Previous faculty leaders include Jack Harris, Patricia Myers, John Vaughn, Judith McKinney, Mike Bogin, Pat McGuire, Jim Crenner, Cedric Johnson, Lara Blanchard, Linda Robertson, Stan Mathews and Laurence Erussard.
For details on the program or selection process, call Amy Teel in the Global Education office at ext. 3307.