Program Information

Appalachian State University
Reich College of Education
Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Seminar
Indonesian History, Culture, and the Arts

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Seminar, Indonesian Culture and Heritage: A Group Projects Abroad Seminar for Appalachian Educators, for summer 2019.

Fulbright-Hays GPA Seminar to Indonesia

This prestigious Fulbright program will allow a group of practicing North Carolina K-12 teachers, Appalachian faculty, and upper-level Education majors to study in Indonesia for four weeks, focusing on history, culture, and the arts, in order to develop content-specific and interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as immersive digital media, to be used both in their schools and distributed online for all educators to access.

This Appalachian GPA Program to Indonesia is unique in that very few U.S. educators have first-hand knowledge of Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, the third largest democracy, and one of our most important political and economic partners. Ethnically the country is highly diverse, with hundreds of ethnic groups, languages, and local dialects. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, yet maintains a tradition of religious freedom that is upheld in its constitution.

There exists a great need for educators both in the Appalachian region and teachers across this country to access rich and engaging curriculum materials related to Indonesian history, culture, and the arts. However, there are no comprehensive teaching and media collections available. This program will strengthen the Public School Partnership in western North Carolina, with multiple opportunities for educators to work together designing cross-disciplinary curriculum related to Indonesian history, culture, and the arts. This program will create an online repository available to educators throughout the U.S. to access lesson plans, cross-curricular ideas, digital storytelling, interviews, and immersive media of realia, historic landmarks, performances, ceremonies, and daily life.

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Important Dates

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Pre-travel meetings: Five (5) online meetings from February to June 2019
Pre-travel orientation: May 4 and 5, 2019, on the Appalachian campus
Travel seminar: July 5 to August 4, 2019 (tentative dates)
Post-travel activities: August 2019 to May 2020

Eligible Participants

The U.S. Department of Education states that an individual is eligible to participate in a Seminar or Curriculum Development GPA project if she/he is:

  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States; and
  • Currently employed full-time in a United States school system, an institution of higher education, local education agency or state education agency (not applicable to students);

And at least one of the following:

  • A teacher in an elementary or secondary school (please see note below);
  • A faculty member who teaches modern foreign languages or area studies;
  • An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels;
  • A graduate student or junior or senior in an institution of higher education, who is a prospective teacher in the areas of social sciences, humanities and foreign languages. The student should meet the provisions set by his or her local and state education agencies.

(Note: All GPA participants must be educators or students who fulfill the criteria above and the selection criteria set by their respective projects and are currently teaching and/or studying in the fields of humanities, social sciences, foreign languages, and/or area studies. Area studies is defined as a program of comprehensive study of the aspects of a society or societies including the study of their geography, history, culture, economy, politics, international relations, or languages. If an educator or student is working in a variety of subject areas, she/he must spend the majority of her/his time working with eligible subjects.)

Program Specific Criteria

Student Status — To fulfill the program requirements, Appalachian State University students applying for this GPA must be seniors in the semester of enrollment (summer 2019) and have at least a 3.0 GPA, or be enrolled as a graduate student.

Themes of the Program — The central theme of the 2019 Appalachian Fulbright-Hays GPA program is integrating Indonesian history, culture, and the arts in Appalachian regional schools. Therefore, the following priorities will have significant weight in the selection of participants for this program:

  • Teaching or studying in the fields of Art Education (K-12), General Music Education (K-12), Instrumental Music Education (K-12), Theatre Education, History/Social Studies Education, Social Studies (Elementary Education/Middle Grades), School Librarian/Media Coordinator K-12, or Elementary Education (K-6);
  • K-12 teachers currently employed in Appalachian Partnership Schools;
  • Appalachian faculty with ongoing projects in Appalachian Partnership Schools; and/or
  • Demonstrable digital media skills in one or more areas, such as photography and/or video.

Contact the Project Director, Dr. Paul Wallace ( early in the application process if you do not fall under one or more the priority categories listed above.

All else being equal, the program will seek:

  • Representation from a variety of priority fields, to create disciplinary-specific as well as interdisciplinary curriculum development teams;
  • Representation from a variety of Appalachian Partnership Schools (counties and individual schools); and
  • An even (though not necessarily equal) number of female and male participants (for twin-sharing accommodations).

The makeup of this GPA Seminar to Indonesia group will be: At most 3 university faculty, at most 3 full-time students, and at least 6 full-time K-12 teachers.

Equal Opportunity — Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. This program actively seeks diversity among potential applicants.

The Fulbright-Hays Award

This federal grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will cover travel and program costs while in Indonesia, including:

  • Round-trip international airfare (departing from Greensboro or Charlotte airport);
  • Domestic airfare and ground transportation in Indonesia;
  • Accommodation in twin-sharing hotels and homestays;
  • Seminars, guest speakers, language classes, workshops, guides, and tours;
  • A daily stipend for meals and incidentals in Indonesia; and
  • A $200 stipend to purchase materials for your classroom.

The Fulbright-Hays award for these costs is estimated to be $6,250 for each participant. Appalachian State University will also contribute additional funds, primarily for students and K-12 teachers, to cover pre-travel orientation materials and support (subject to availability of funds).

Participant Cost-Sharing — All participants in the program are required to cover the costs of their own travel health insurance and vaccines, Indonesia visa fees, travel to and from Boone for the orientation meeting and the airport for international travel, and enrollment fees for a 3-credit-hour course in summer 2019, that can be used for continuing education (CEU) credits or coursework in a graduate degree or certificate program. The cost for participant cost-sharing is estimated at $1,100 each.


Fulbright-Hays covers: Appalachian State covers: Participant covers:
International roundtrip airfare ($1,600) Pre-departure orientation hotel1 ($75) Travel to Boone for orientation, and airport for international travel
– cost varies
Air and land travel in country ($600) Pre-departure orientation meals ($50) Indonesia visa fee ($35)
Accommodations in country ($950) Pre-departure materials and workshops ($50) Travel health insurance($65)
– varies by age, coverage, and deductible
Seminars, tours, professional services in country ($1,700) Post-travel conference fees2 ($75)
– varies by conference
– varies by choices and insurance coverage
Meals and incidental expenses in country ($1,200) Books ($35)
Classroom materials stipend ($200) Course fees5 ($865)
– 3 credit-hour, graduate-level course
Total: $6,250 each Total: $250 each Total: $1,100 each

1 Hotel for pre-departure orientation provided for K-12 teacher and student participants, if needed; twin sharing room.
2 Post-travel conference fees for Appalachian Partnership K-12 teachers and full-time students, to co-present a session at the fall 2019 Appalachian Global Symposium or Women in Educational Leadership Symposium. Based on availability of Partnership funds.
3 Costs estimated for a 35-year old participant, with $1 million in coverage and a $100 deductible plan, with GeoBlue Travel Health Insurance (
4 Check with your doctor or county health department travel clinic for CDC recommended vaccines for travel to Indonesia. Your current health insurance plan may cover some immunizations.
5 Application and tuition fees estimated for summer semester 2019. Appalachian students and K-12 teachers enroll in a 3-credit hour, graduate-level, distance education course for summer 2019. Faculty present their project at a conference in their field within 12 months of the travel ($800-$900 estimated personal cost).


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