2020 Korea Research Trip

The World History Digital Education Foundation (WHDEF) seeks full time social studies teachers, social studies staff developers, and social studies supervisors to apply for the 2020 Korean research trip. Fellows will have a variety of experiences showcasing aspects of history, culture, and economics that have shaped the peninsula. This includes examining the outcomes of the Korean War, while also building an understanding about the simultaneous economic development and democratization of South Korea. The Korea research trip was made possible through the generous support of the Korea Foundation.


Travel Caveat Potential applicants should be aware that during the trip to South Korea, there is a considerable amount of walking that will be required.

General Information


The 2020 South Korean research trip is scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 11, 2020. Fellows should use June 30th as a travel day, and plan to arrive at Incheon International Airport by July 1st.


Fellows are required to pay a $300.00 deposit. Fellows are also responsible for paying half of their total airfare (domestic and international).

Potential Sites

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hanbok Experience
  • Visit to The War Memorial of Korea
  • Performance of “JUMP”
  • Kookhakwon Tour
  • Jikji Museum
  • Stay in Traditional Korean Housing
  • Stay overnight at a Buddhist Temple
  • POSCO Steel Industry
  • Jeju Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest
  • DMZ and Peace Village


Although this fellowship is listed as a trip, the commitment is more than just travel to Korea. Fellows complete four cycles to fulfill their requirements to the foundation.

The pre-trip cycle focuses on preparing fellows for their trip by building content about Korea while at the same time building knowledge of the foundation. In this cycle, fellows will enroll in an online class in which they will have assigned readings about Korean history and culture, participate on class discussion boards, and attend webinars pertaining to themes covered in the readings. At the same time the fellows will participate in completing a task for the foundation. In the past, those tasks have included transcribing interviews, conducting interviews with Korean War veterans, and field-testing educational material.

The second cycle is the trip cycle. The trip will include daily excursions that have fellows dig deeper into the complexity of the history, culture, and development of the Korean peninsula, and specifically South Korea. Each scheduled excursion is intentional and looks to build on fellows’ knowledge and understanding of Korea with the purpose of impacting education.

The third cycle, or post-trip cycle is focused on fellows showing us what they have learned. In this cycle, fellows are required to do two tasks that highlight how their experience will impact their educational practice. The first will have fellow provide proof of a presentation about their travel experience to a district, state, or regional organization. The second task will have fellows develop a lesson plan that focuses on Korean culture and/or history. A template will be provided by the foundation for this exercise.

The fourth cycle of the trip is the eternal phase. After completion of the lesson plan, participants will become members of the Korean Fellows Alumni Association. This community group will receive newsletter and e-mail updates from the foundation with information on teaching Korean history and culture. Furthermore, alumni fellows will be added into the Korean Fellow Alumni Association Facebook page in order to stay connected and share ideas with other fellows.

Note: Failure to complete required tasks will result in a fellow forfeiting their deposit.

About World Digital Education Foundation

The advent of digital technology challenges conventional ways of educating students and creates unlimited opportunities deliver digital educational materials. In this transition from the analogue era to the digital era, the World History Digital Education Foundation will lead at the K-12 level in the study of global history by:

  • Creating innovative digital resources in world history education such as story maps, multi-media curriculums, interactive websites, and virtual reality experiences.
  • Developing one-to-one technology capability programs for high needs schools lacking the financial capacity for digital educational technology and equipment.
  • Training social studies teachers in the use of technology and engaging them to write new curriculums and lesson plans.
  • Developing a collaborative online community of educators who will share best practices in social studies education.
  • Educating students on the use of digital resources for research and learning

About the Korea Foundation

The Korea Foundation was established in 1991 to promote awareness and understanding of Korea and to enhance goodwill and friendship among the international community through its cultural, academic and intellectual exchange activities and programs. Some of its major works include: providing support for Korean studies overseas, organizing/supporting international forums, assisting research institutions/think tanks around the world in their research, conferences and publications, and establishing Korean galleries in museums abroad. Currently, the foundation has two branch offices in the United States: the Washington D.C. Office and the L.A. Office, which opened in 2005. Both offices serve as liaisons to the main headquarter in Korea and overseas and manage the foundation’s projects and programs in North/ South America and the Caribbean Islands.

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Trip Coordinators

Trip Director

Bobbie Downs

Foundation Leadership

Dr. Jongwoo Han
President, World History Digital Education Foundation

Joseph Karb
Executive Director, World History Digital Education Foundation


If you have questions about the trip, requirements, or application, please e-mail Bobbie Downs at bdowns@worldhistoryde.org. Label “Korea Research Trip” in the subject.