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World Affairs Councils of America
in partnership with
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
is offering a
Leadership Mission to the
People's Republic of China
Arrival Date: August 26, 2012
Departure Date: September 1, 2012
The Leadership Mission will include five delegates. We are currently accepting applications for participants. See below for application details.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Leadership Mission Details
|A Leadership Mission is a working visit made by a WACA National Leadership Delegation to a foreign country. It is an important membership benefit for our network leaders and sponsors. Missions allow participants to obtain firsthand knowledge of the host country, which helps them to design and operate programs, events, and activities for their councils and the national network. This enhanced programming makes a real difference in fostering grassroots understanding and engagement in international affairs.
Itineraries and meetings are organized by the host. Arrangements will be made for the delegation to interact with selected government agencies, major political parties, and NGOs in order to further enhance the delegates' understanding of China.
This Leadership Mission is open to council CEOs, board members of local councils and the national network, and sponsors. Applicants should be actively involved in the council operations and activities, and must be supported by their councils. The Leadership Mission to China will include five delegates.
All delegates must be in excellent physical condition.
Delegates representing the national association of World Affairs Councils are citizen diplomats in every sense of the phrase.
Briefing materials will be provided to delegates in advance of the trip; however, they should also be proactive in learning about China's history, social mores, current issues, etc.
During the Trip
Delegates should be prepared for a full schedule in China from August 26 through September 1. This does not include travel time, which will extend the trip on both ends. Arriving later or leaving earlier are not options. Delegates are required to attend all meetings and site visits.
Delegates are also asked to bring some gifts to present to meeting hosts and others, as appropriate.
Upon returning from these unique trips, participants must contribute to a trip report book, published by the World Affairs Councils of America and distributed to all the councils in the World Affairs Councils network, as well as to the trip hosts and some government offices where appropriate. (Sample trip reports can be found on our website.)
Participants are also required to share their experience through council events, op-eds, radio interviews, and other means of public engagement. Three months after the delegates' return to the U.S., delegates are required to submit a report of their public engagement activities to the World Affairs Councils of America's office.
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries will cover in-country expenses for the delegation, including lodging, meals and local transportation. The Delegation members are responsible for booking and financing all international flights to and from China and incidentals. Delegation members are also responsible for funding any hotel nights outside of the official leadership mission's hotel night stays from August 26-September 1.
Delegates are required to pay an administrative fee of $1000 to the World Affairs Councils of America. Delegates are responsible for making travel and medical insurance arrangements.
Applicants will be asked to submit the following to the World Affairs Councils of America via email to Todd Culpepper at email@example.com and CC Ian J. Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application Form (Download Application)
- Release of Liability Form (Download Release)
- If not a Council CEO, a WACA National Board Member, or a WACA National Sponsor, a letter of reference from your local Council CEO.
Delegates will be selected based on their demonstrated involvement with their local council, with the national network, and their commitment to public engagement following the mission.
The World Affairs Councils of America
1200 18th St., NW, Suite 902, Washington, DC 20036
Phone (202) 833-4557 Fax (202) 833-4555
Email email@example.com Website www.worldaffairscouncils.org