YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT!!!
from the DEN National Blog:
“Australia, South Africa, and China + 9 DEN STARs + 36 DEN STAR Students + Your Dream Come True = A Discovery Student Adventure!
It’s the ultimate equation for DEN STARs and definitely our dream come true for you! We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Discovery Student Adventure Program.
What’s a Discovery Student Adventure you ask?!? Well, imagine being able to sign up and take your students to one of 8 amazing trips to the Arctic, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Italy/Greece, New Zealand/Fiji, and South Africa. These trips are free to the educators and are of cost to their students. These inaugural trips will launch during the summer of 2010.
But that’s 2010… what about 2009?!?! Can I get a virtual drum roll please….
Let me introduce to you the opportunity of a lifetime….. The Discovery Student Adventure Pilot Program. In order to gather marketing materials and test run the incredible itineraries….. Discovery will be sending 9 DEN STARs to one of 3 locations (Australia, China, and South Africa) But that’s not all… it gets better… each of these DEN STARs will be able to bring 4 of their students at NO COST! That’s right DEN STARs… these trips are free for you and your students! (Note: We are looking for 5th-12th grade teachers and students ages 10-17)
I have seen the itineraries…. and all I can say is be prepared to be blown away.
What do you need to do to participate?!? Stay tuned as we will be posting a link to the application on the DEN National Blog in the coming weeks.
Here’s some of the official wording…
In 2010, Discovery Education will launch Discovery Student Adventures, education-based international trips for students to eight destinations including: Arctic, Australia, China, Cost Rica, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Italy/Greece, New Zealand/Fiji Islands, and South Africa.
To effectively integrate educator feedback into these inaugural trips, a select group of educators will have the opportunity to travel with Discovery in the summer of 2009 as part of a one-time special opportunity to pilot a Discovery Student Adventure trip.
Educators will serve as chaperones to a group of students, and will also be an integral part of selecting the students for these pilot trips. Travel program will be at no cost to the selected educators and students. We are looking for students ages 10 through 17 and educators that teach 5th through 12th grade.
The three pilot trip destinations are Australia, China and South Africa. Trips will provide for a variety of enriching and experiential activities from cultural exchanges, to community service, to science and exploration, to physically engaging adventure activities.
So what do you think?!? Do you want to join us for a Discovery Student Adventure?!?”