Local Teachers Wanted For Study And Travel In Brazil

Columbus State University is looking for area teachers interested in a four-week study/travel program in Brazil called Seminar on Tradition and Transformation.

The trip is possible through a $59,000 Fulbright-Hays grant to CSU through the U.S. Department of Education. The study abroad opportunity, which CSU has offered for more than 10 years running, is a professional development program. This years trip to Brazil is from June 5 to July 4 and will again be directed by CSUs Raj Sashti, who serves as director of the Nine University and College International Studies Consortium of Georgia.

The main purpose of the seminar is to overcome stereotypical images and promote greater understanding between the United States and Brazil through educational and cultural exchange, Sashti said.

Brazil merits consideration due to the fact that it is today incontestably the most powerful nation in South America, he said.

American investments in the Brazilian economy amount to about $40 billion, greater than any other emerging market including China, Russia, India or even Mexico. Of the 500 largest companies listed in Fortune magazine, about 420 presently operate in Brazil. In addition, Brazil has been identified as one of the top 10 strategic partners of the United States. The number of Georgia multinational corporations, including Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Turner Broadcasting and Bell South, among others, doing business in Brazil is a testimony to the strong business connection between Brazil and Georgia, Sashti said.

Over the past 10 years, CSU has been awarded more than a dozen Fulbright-Hays grants in excess of $1 million. Sashti has directed similar programs in China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Egypt, Israel and South Africa. Nearly a 100 faculty members and K-12 teachers have participated in CSU programs around the world.

To APPLY:

Any faculty member or K-12 teacher Georgia and Alabama is eligible to join this years trip to Brazil. The application deadline is February 28 and the registration fee is $1,500. For more information, call (706) 568-2062 or e-mail sashti_rajgopal@ColumbusState.edu.

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