Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Two FREE weeks in France? How's that for the opportunity of a lifetime?

OK, so it’s been awhile since we’ve offered you the opportunity of a lifetime – but we’ve been working on this one for six months. At least.

Here’s the deal:

The Park School has a partnership with the Burgundy Business School in Dijon, France. Under the terms of the agreement, a Burgundy student receives tuition assistance to study at the Park School; in exchange, a group of 20 Park students is invited to visit Dijon (and Paris, Geneva, and Strausbourg) for two weeks at the end of May – all expenses paid. In the past, the trip was reserved for particular groups of students. This year, for the first time, we are offering the chance to participate in this amazing opportunity to all full-time Park students.

Here’s how the trip is going to work:

-- The trip leaves New York May 15, 2006, returning May 29 or May 30, 2006 (we're still finalizing the itinerary).
-- The group will fly from New York City to Paris. Participants will be responsible for paying their own round-trip airfare. Today, for example, it’s $628 through Expedia, but you could get much cheaper fares on the student travel sites.
-- The Burgundy Business School will be responsible for all other expenses (except, of course, your discretionary spending money). It will pick you up at the airport in Paris, and take care of you for two whole weeks -- including lodging, food, transportation, and a full itinerary of events and activities.
-- The schedule will include museum tours, day trips, media visits, lectures and social events with international students studying at Burgundy.
-- The schedule also will include a three-day ‘free’ weekend, during which you will be free to explore Dijon and surrounding areas OR travel to London, Amsterdam, Munich, etc. Your expenses on that kind of wider European excursion would be your responsibility, but your expenses if you stay in Dijon will be covered by the school.
-- The schedule will also include a two-day visit to Paris. Burgundy will cover all of your expenses on that trip.
-- The group will be accompanied by April Korpi, who will be coordinating the trip over the next six months and during the two weeks you’re in France. In addition, a faculty member will accompany the group.
-- The trip will be offered as a learning experience that DOES NOT require you to enroll for academic credit. We are doing everything we can to keep the costs as low as possible, and we are sensitive to the fact that many students cannot afford to buy a summer-school credit. Those students who need or want academic credit can make arrangements with the faculty member for independent study.
-- In exchange for this opportunity, you will agree to participate in a project documenting your experiences while in France. Those materials will be used to promote the trip in future years. AND you will promise to be the absolute best representatives of the Park School you could possibly be so we will continue to enjoy this partnership with the Burgundy Business School for many years to come.

This year, we can take up to 20 students to France. Obviously we expect many more students to express an interest in participating. So here’s what we’re going to do:

This morning (Tuesday), AFTER 10 A.M., there will be forms in the rack OUTSIDE the Dean’s office on the third floor of Park. Stop by, fill out the form, sign it, and hand it in to Gwen at the front desk in the Dean’s office.

We’ll be accepting forms until 5 p.m. Wednesday. No exceptions.

If you're studying abroad or in LA, you can email April Korpi at akorpi@ithaca.edu, expressing your interest and providing her your name, address in Ithaca, telephone number, class, and the type of documentary work you are best able to produce (writing, video, photography).

Questions about the trip should also be directed to April, but ALL students currently on campus in Ithaca must submit the paper form to the dean's office. If you're not here, you're sick, you're working an internship and can't get to the dean's office, ask a friend to fill out the form for you. Sorry, no exceptions on this one; we're trying to be fair to everybody.

On Thursday, we’ll review the forms, make sure we have all the information we need on each form, and put them all in a box.

We’ll select 20 forms – lottery-style. By applying, you're committing to the trip, so please don't apply unless you're sure you can go.

And the winners will be off to France in May!

Isn't that amazing?


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