The United States Embassy in Romania, together with the American Councils for International Education and with the support of “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, invites high school and college students with Romanian citizenship, aged between 18 and 25, to attend the Elie Wiesel Study Tour.
This Elie Wiesel Study Tour will provide students with the opportunity to understand the political, social and cultural forces that created the Holocaust, to see first hand the horrors of Auschwitz, and to increase participant comprehension of non-democratic regimes.
During the Elie Wiesel Study Tour, students will receive advanced reading material on the Holocaust, totalitarian regimes, and the Communist period in Romania; they will then have the chance to learn about the effects of Communism in Romania by visiting the Sighet Memorial, the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance; and they will visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, learning about the destruction of Jews and other groups targeted for elimination by the Nazi regime. Throughout each stage of this learning experience, students will be guided by specialists in these fields and will be engaged in activities to engender reflection on the past and how this can be applied to the future.
After the study tour, and under the supervision of the program coordinator, all participants will be involved in initiating dissemination activities in their home communities. Activities will be various and will include public presentations, organized discussions with their peers and/or teachers, and the writing of articles for newspapers, school magazines, and university journals.
Students interested to apply for the study tour must show a significant interest in subjects such as the Holocaust and the Communist era in Romania, while demonstrating a willingness to organize dissemination activities for their colleagues after the program is complete.
Selection will be made based on the quality and complexity of your answers, your interest in the program, your dissemination plans, level of English and knowledge towards the topic. Applications will be evaluated by a team of recruiters from the US Embassy in Bucharest & American Councils. All applicants will be notified of their status by June 25th, the latest.
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