I was invited to be one in a group of journalists to go to South Africa
in March. I want to do this badly, but the catch is that
it's with a citizen group with no funding, and I'd have to cover some expenses on my own. Here's an excerpt from my invitation:
"I am honored to invite you to participate
in an international professional and cultural program. People to People
Programs is developing a delegation of Journalism and Mass Communications educators and media executives to meet in
South Africa in March 2004. As the appointed delegation leader, I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the mission,
while gaining immeasurably from the experience.
...During our sojourn, we will be able to look inward and outward at every
aspect of Journalism and Mass Communications in the
South African society, as well as determine its impact on that society since the ending of the country's apartheid form of government.
So why a high-profile U.S. Journalism and Mass Communications delegation
to affirm much of what we already know about a
country still struggling in transition?...While our visit won't be limited to professional counterparts, Journalism and Mass
Communications will comprise the bulk of what we do. The research our delegation gathers will provide the basis for a published
scholarly report upon our return that will be made available to media and academic institutions in the United States and elsewhere...
Since People to People Ambassador Programs is a private citizen effort,
delegates are responsible for their own program costs.
The estimated cost per delegate is US $4990.00 (departing from and returning to New York). This includes round trip airfare
from the convening city, group transportation, meetings and cultural activities, accomodations, most meals, and essentially all
costs associated with participation in the program...
Invitations for this project were sent only to selected professionals in our field...
FD, Journalist, Writer and Adjunct Professor [University of Florida]"
I've checked these folks out and as far as I can tell, they're legit. They
started doing this kind of thing when Eisenhower was
president. Every year they send a group of professionals to a foreign country, and this time I was chosen to participate.
They tell me this trip was postponed because of the terror attacks that held up foreign travel. When I called to ask about
particulars I was told that it's possible we'd be able to meet with Nelson Mandela and tour the prison where he was held
all those years. I don't need to tell you those are things you can't do in Minnesota.
What I was wondering was if any Bartcop readers might have any ideas for
any funding I might be able to hook up with.
I need to get this covered pretty fast; $500.00 needs to be deposited by December 15, and the balance by January 15.
I can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with any ideas would be making an Eskimo boy very happy indeed.
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