Teaching Traveling: Check out this free study tour in Germany, as explained by an Illinois teacher who just completed the program, returning Teaching Traveling interviewee, Karen Krzystof-Bansley! Karen, tell us more about this amazing travel opportunity.
Karen: Sure! The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) is a free two-week study tour in Germany for American and Canadian Social Studies and STEM teachers, run by the Goethe Institute. Yes, you heard that right: international flights, hotels, and food are financially covered, and the itinerary is incredible!
TT: Wow! How did you find out about the TOP?
K: When I was participating in a NEH workshop in July of 2015, I roomed with a TOP fellow. She raved about her experience traveling through Germany and introduced me to the program.
Basically, after an application process, approximately 100 teachers are chosen each summer to be TOP fellows. We had a jam packed schedule that included school visits, lectures from professors, city tours and lots of opportunities to sample German cuisine. Here is the TOP website for more information.
TT: Love it. Tell me about some of your favorite experiences on this trip.
K: My two-week study tour in Germany through the Transatlantic Outreach Program was full of memorable experiences, however I’ll focus on my “TOP” five experiences in Germany (in no particular order).
#1. Berlin: Listening to Margot Friedlander (94 year old author and Holocaust survivor) read aloud from her autobiography, Try to Make your Life. She gave inspiration and shared words of wisdom. Hearing her speak was an amazing experience I will never forget.