2019 Korean 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 2019 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.


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Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

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 2019 South Korean research trip will take place from July 6- July 16. Fellows should use July 6th as a travel day, and plan to arrive in at Incheon International Airport by July 7th.


Fellows are required to pay a $300.00 deposit by April 17th, which will be refunded once a fellow has completed their requirements to the foundation.  Fellows are also responsible for paying half of their total airfare (domestic and international) by May 15th.

Tentative Schedule

July 6
Travel to Incheon International Airport

July 7
Orientation and Welcome Dinner

July 8
Orientation, History, Geography
Major Palaces, Confucian Institutions (Seyongkyungwan), Royal Shrine

July 9
Korean War/Democratization
DMZ, War Memorial, War Museum

July 10
KTX Steel visit, Buddhist Temple Stay Program

July 11
Confucianism, Buddhism, Culture
Shilla Relics, Korean House Stay

July 12
Confucian School Visit

July 13
Education/Economic Development
Samsung Electronics Innovation Museum

July 14
Democracy, Economic Development
Democratic Activists Panel, National Museum

July 15
N-Tower Seoul, Farwell Dinner

July 16

* Travel will be provided to and from Incheon International Airport


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 last from July 6th to 16th with the idea that everyone arrives in Korea by July 7th. 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. This includes travel to important sites of the Korean War such as the Demilitarized Zone, historic sites such as Geyongbokgung Palace, and unique experiences such as staying at a Buddhist temple. Each 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 presentation and lesson plan are both due by 12/31/19.

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.

Trip Coordinators

Dr. Jongwoo Han
President, World History Digital Education Foundation

Joseph Karb
Executive Director

Bobbie Downs
Research Trip Director

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