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Local Study Tour Programs

The Consortium offers local study tours for North Carolina teachers. The tours are designed as meaningful experiential learning opportunities to train teachers in Middle East studies through visits to local sites with connections to the region, such as cultural facilities, restaurants, and commercial enterprises, paired with educational sessions by Consortium faculty and community experts, equipping teachers with strategies to make the region relevant to students. Past tours have taken place in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro and have featured topics such as Middle Eastern politics, environment, and culture; diverse religions of the Middle East; food traditions of the Middle East; and immigrant experiences in North Carolina.

The pilot study tour program was featured in the UNC University Gazette. Read about it here.

Study Tours Abroad

The Consortium is pleased to partner with Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) to offer educational study trips for teachers to the region. GEEO is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting as many teachers as possible to travel abroad and then share their experiences with their students upon their return to the classroom. Occurring in the spring, winter, and summer, GEEO trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. Past Consortium-GEEO trips include: Morocco (2016).

Teachers are invited to join the Consortium for spring break, 2021 on a trip to Jordan. This 8-day trip will take place from March 28 – April 4 (rescheduled from summer 2020 due to COVID-19). We will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites. Registration information at