NOBIS WORLD FAQ
Why choose Nobis World?
Experience and Careful Planning: Nobis World program leaders are selected based on their experience leading groups on overseas travel and their commitment to the work Nobis Project aims to achieve. In advance of each trip, Nobis Project staff personally visits the host country program site, and then continues to work with the host community partners who assist in carrying out the site visit. By creating a partnership with host community members we are better prepared to handle the unexpected and make the trip as safe and meaningful as possible.  
 
Quality of experience: Nobis World programs offer three elements to the experience, cultural immersion, service-learning, and professional development. Nobis Project is committed to experiential education and we know that sitting through lectures is not the best way to learn. Accordingly, we teach what we preach. All professional development is designed to be as hands-on and interactive as possible and incorporated into service-learning.  
 
Mandatory pre-departure and post-travel activities: Participants start their service-learning during the mandatory pre-departure activities that focuses on Nobis Big Ideas of history, power, relationships, global citizenship, and cultural responsiveness. The activities include, but are not limited to, short readings and activities, videos, and interactive web content all related to the location you are about to visit. These activities allow for a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural context you are about to experience. The post-travel elearning is a structured platform to allow teachers to support one another, with the help of Nobis Project, as they translate their experiences in to projects in their classrooms. The pre and post activities are required in order to receive professional development certificate.  
 
Travel with Teachers/Team building: Through the pre-departure activities teachers will begin to get to know one another before travel commences. And Nobis World’s experiential learning model allows for valuable time for team-building and bonding between the trip participants. The goal is to work as a cohort throughout the process so that upon return home, teachers may support one another as they each develop global service-learning projects in their classrooms.  
 
Building Global Relationships: One goal of Nobis World programs is for teachers to develop relationships with individuals, community members, and organizations that they can continue working with once they return to their classrooms. With these established global relationships teachers can then guide their students to implement Nobis Global Action projects.  
 
Professional Development Certificate: Each participant who completes the program receives a professional development certificate at no additional cost. Because of Nobis World’s professional development focus participants may be able to find grants and funding to subsidize their program expenses.  
 
What is Global Citizenship Education?
Educative activities that build international awareness of policy and culture and are directly concerned with teaching the principles and skills needed to promote social justice, social rights and responsibilities and an understanding of our shared fate. 
 
What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is a teaching method where students use knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to identify, research and address real community challenges.
 
Who can attend?
K-12 teachers, staff and administrators from public, charter, and independent schools are welcome to register. Our programs are also open to teacher education students, those who teach in higher education or in non-traditional learning environments. Space is limited; we can only take between fifteen to eighteen participants on each program. Our trips are filled on a first come, first serve basis, so register early!   Nobis Project also provides custom Nobis World programs for specific schools, school districts, and teacher education programs at colleges or universities. Please contact us for further information.  
 
Do I need to speak the language of the host community?
It is not required for teachers to have any level of foreign language proficiency to register for a Nobis World program, but we certainly welcome those who do!  
 
What scholarships or financial aid is available?
Nobis World is excited to announce that, thanks to generous donors, scholarships covering up to 50% of program costs are available!! There are a limited number of scholarships available for teachers. Because aid is limited, please carefully consider all the resources available that might help fund your trip before deciding how much aid to request. Teachers might be eligible for professional development or faculty enrichment funds or chair money from their schools. You also might consider applying for grant funds or holding a fundraiser. See Funding Opportunities for more ideas. You can apply for a scholarship by completing the appropriate sections of the registration form. Nobis Project also offers Early Registration and Group Discounts.
 
Where does Nobis World travel?
Nobis World offers programs in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Savannah, Ga. and The Lowcountry. Future programs to be added, so check back each September for full details.  
 
Are graduate or professional development credits available?
Nobis Project awards every participant professional development certificates of participation at the end of each Nobis World program, at no additional cost. The Dominican Republic program offers 70 professional development contact hours and the Savannah, Ga program offers 50 professional development contact hours. Teachers must complete the elearning component of the program (pre and post) to receive professional development certificate.  
 
What’s included in the cost of trip?
The comprehensive fee for the program includes accommodations in (both single and/or shared), all meals, beverages (excluding alcohol), excursions, activity fees, gratuities, and professional development training. Your only additional costs would include airfare, parking if you bring your own car, and any spending money you want to bring to purchase snacks or gifts while traveling. Typically, $200 to $300 is more than adequate.  
 
What kind of vaccines will I need?
Every country has its own particular health care risks and every person has different levels of comfort regarding those risks when traveling overseas. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider to help you determine the appropriate vaccines and medicines for your trip. Please note that some vaccinations require more than one dose taken several weeks apart, so you should talk with your healthcare provider well in advance. It is your responsibility to know if you require any vaccinations or precautions for the country that you are visiting. Nobis Project will provide some country specific information to assist in your planning, following registration.  
 
The following CDC websites provide useful information regarding travel to specific countries, but are not a replacement for a visit with your own physician: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx
 
Do we have to purchase travel health insurance? Evacuation insurance?
For our overseas programs Nobis Project requires that, in addition to your regular health insurance, you purchase travel medical insurance (including personal medical) and emergency evacuation and repatriation up to $200,000 USD of coverage. You will not be permitted to participate in the trip until your Nobis World has received evidence of travel insurance coverage.  Below are two providers who specialize in travel insurance and provide comprehensive and affordable insurance for medical treatment, emergency evacuation, and other unplanned events while traveling overseas. In most cases, you can purchase very good coverage for around $40 USD.  
 
To obtain a quote and purchase travel insurance, visit:  
 
The International Volunteer Card (Plus Plan - approximately $40) includes the amount of travel medical insurance you need for Nobis World travel, plus other trip insurance benefits.  
 
Will there be a hospital where we are staying?
There are hospitals or medical facilities close to each of the Nobis World site locations. Nobis World facilitators have first-aid supplies available to meet basic needs; it is recommended that travelers also carry their own basic first-aid kit. Program locations are chosen with access to medical facilities in mind.  
 
Special Needs
Nobis Project will do our best to accommodate any special needs. Please keep in mind that certain locations will be better able to meet different dietary restrictions or mobility limitations. Participants are responsible for bringing a supply of all prescribed medicines and medical equipment required to last for the duration of the program.
 
Will I be able to contact home while traveling?
Nobis World facilitators have cell phones that work in the country of travel and have international calling plans in case of emergency. During portions of travel you will likely have access to Internet, although potentially intermittent, and can post to a blog and send an email back home. If you are interested in using your cell phone while traveling, check with your cell phone provider about the international calling capability of your device and corresponding rates. Note that sometimes text messaging can be a significantly cheaper way to correspond and when Wi-Fi is available, calling via Skype of FaceTime is the most cost effective option.  
 
What airport do I fly into?
Nobis World participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location. Complimentary shuttle service to and from a designated airport on the first day and last day of the program is provided (airport information is listed on itineraries). Participants are welcome to arrive in the destination earlier or continue traveling after the program completes, but Nobis Project will not cover any costs associated with an extension of your travel (including airport pick up or drop off at times other than those given by Nobis Project). Participants should not make travel arraignments until receiving written confirmation from Nobis Project. Nobis Project is not responsible for travel arraignments made by participants before receiving written confirmation.  
 
How do I meet up with the group once I arrive?
Details for finding the group upon arrival will be provided after registration closes.  
 
What will the accommodations be like during the Nobis World program?
On Nobis World programs, there will likely be a range of accommodations including hotels, condos, vacation rentals, lodges, and homestays with local families (to be specified in program description). Participants will almost always share a room and bathroom with other participants of the same gender.
 
What documents will I need to travel?
It remains the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that proper documentation is in place. All foreign countries require a valid passport (with a minimum six months remaining validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.  Please refer to the following websites for information:
International: Please contact your local consulate or embassy  
 
A tourist visa for the Dominican Republic is purchased in the airport upon arrival in the Dominican Republic for $10 USD. Make sure to have the amount in cash.   For other locations outside of the US, assistance in obtaining your tourist visa is available for a fee through Visa Connections, a service that provides tourist visas to over 150 countries.  Contact them at www.visaconnection.com or 1.866.566.VISA (8472).  
 
What do you recommend I pack?
Following the close of registration, Nobis Project will send a packing list to participants with recommended items to bring.

 


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