2011 Study Tour for School Librarians Working in Schools with German Language Programs

This was sent to me from Miss Dearden, one of our history teachers:

Study Tour for School Librarians 2011

The Goethe-Institut (German Cultural Centre) in North America is now accepting applications from school librarians working in schools with a strong focus on German language programs and German-related topics, for a study tour of German libraries, schools and historical points of interest. The excursion will last approximately eight days and will take participants to various cities in Germany. The goal of this tour is to help familiarize librarians with some of Germany’s preeminent institutions as well as day to day life so that they become better able to deal with questions from students on these issues.
Funding for this initiative will primarily come from the Goethe-Institut. This program will cover the international flight costs, hotel costs in Germany and transport within Germany. All other costs such as meals, travel insurance and individual incidentals will have to be covered by the applicant. Criteria for applications are as follows:
  • Close work with teachers and students studying the German language or Germany- related topics
  • An interest in promoting German language and culture in the school systems of the US and Canada. 
  • A basic knowledge of German would be of advantage, but is not a prerequisite
Participants will be chosen on the basis of their expressed commitment to assist teachers and students with their studies of German language and culture within the framework of the North American school systems.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2011. Successful candidates will be notified by email as soon as the committee has made its decision.

The participants are expected to write a report about their experience and the Goethe-Institut reserves the right to use these reports for promotional reasons on its website or publish in a blog maintained by the Goethe-Institut. Further reports about the study tour, within the wider community of school librarians, is strongly encouraged.

Applications should be sent to:
Shawn Whatley
Head Librarian / Leiter der Bibliothek
Goethe-Institut Toronto
100 University Ave, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M5J 1V6