Context, a network of scholars who design and lead walking tours of major world cities, has partnered with St. Hope to offer a one-of-a-kind travel fellowship aimed at youth achievers from economically-disadvantaged communities.
The Context Travel Fellowship includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations and at least six days of on-site classes, seminars, and workshops with the scholars in the Context network. The Fellowship aims to expose intellectually curious students to the history, art, and culture of Europe, and use the power of travel to broaden the horizons of promising youth who may not, for economic reasons, have the opportunity to travel abroad.
Each year, St Hope will select one or more students from its high schools or from its Hood Corps program, a leadership-training program for college students involved with St. Hope. The candidate will have the possibility to travel to one or more of the culturally rich cities where Context operates, accompanied by a chaperone, and there experience an intensive, multi-day program of seminars, classes, workshops and other programs.
Candidates will be chosen based on their deep interest in art, history, cultural, language, international relations, or any other discipline for which an experience abroad is invaluable. Drawing on its network of university professors, graduate students, and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines,
Context will organize a multi-day trip, in consultation with St. Hope staff, for the student and chaperon that will focus on topic areas relative to the city and the student. For example, in Rome, the student might take seminars on ancient Roman society, Renaissance art, Roman cuisine, and Italian language. Context’s docents, again in collaboration with St. Hope, will develop a lesson plan for the student that will dovetail with the seminars.
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