MPR Travel Scholar Application FAQ
What is MPR Custom Travel?
MPR Custom Travel is designed to tap the knowledge, experience and insights MPR’s on-air talent to bring depth and meaning to our audience’s travel experience. Each Tour is custom programmed with a mix of content, activities and hospitality that provide each traveler with an unforgettable, transformational adventure.
What is the Travel Scholar Program?
Each 2014 MPR Custom Travel Tour includes a Travel Scholar, who will enrich the Tour for fellow travelers by creating engaging activities that are focused on the Tour’s subject matter.
MPR is inviting music teachers to apply to be the MPR Travel Scholar for “A London Rhapsody” with Performance Today host Fred Child tour June 1–8, 2014.
What is the London Travel Scholar expected to do?
The MPR Travel Scholar’s work will:
- Attend a meeting or conference call with MPR staff to review the Travel Scholar program, responsibilities, and timeline
- Be available for media interviews regarding the Travel Scholar component of the Tour
- Plan engaging activities for fellow travelers focusing on the Tour’s subject matter.
- Engage with fellow travelers in creative activities that focus on the Tour’s subject matter
- Identify unique ways to bring the Tour’s subject matter back to his/her classroom/community
- Post entries on Tour’s Facebook page
- Support the Tour host with subject matter research
- Digitally capture photos and footage of fellow travelers throughout the Tour
- Provide Tour-related digital images to MPR
- Prepare a video of footage from the Tour for Post-Tour distribution
- Short report on/demonstrate how the subject matter has been or will used in their classroom/community
What is the benefit to the Travel Scholar?
In addition to the personal enrichment of a fascinating travel experience, the Travel Scholar is encouraged to share the travel experience in their classroom following the London Tour. MPR anticipates that many of the activities and experiences developed by the Travel Scholar for the London Tour will also be useful in future classroom instruction and professional development.
How much is the MPR Travel Scholar paid?
MPR will pay the London Travel Scholar a total fee of $1000.00. The payment will be made in two installments: $500.00 upon signing an agreement with MPR and $500.00 upon completion of their work as Travel Scholar. In addition, MPR will cover most London Tour expenses.
What expenses are covered by MPR?
MPR will cover for the following expenses for the London Travel Scholar:
- Round-trip economy class airfare from St. Paul/Minneapolis
- Accommodation in first class hotel, single occupancy, with private facilities. Hotel as listed in the Tour brochure or similar.
- Breakfast daily, one lunch and two dinners as listed in the Tour itinerary.
- Transfers and transportation by deluxe motorcoach during the Tour.
- Extensive sightseeing throughout; entrance fees included.
- Luggage handling of one piece per person.
- Experienced local guides for touring per the itinerary.
- Gratuities to drivers and guides
- Airport/foreign departure taxes
- Comprehensive documentation including bag tags, name tags, flight and land itineraries, destination literature, customs information, travel suggestions, etc.
MPR will not cover:
- Upgrades to airfare (e.g., “Economy Plus” seats)
- Camera and related equipment
- Ground transport to/from MSP airport, parking while on the Tour
- Excess baggage or porterage fees (including additional bags, overweight luggage)
- Beverages other than coffee/tea at breakfast.
- Any meal or sightseeing item not listed in the Tour itinerary.
- Gratuities not provided as part of the Tour package
- Incidental expenses and items of a personal nature.
- Optional insurance for health and baggage.
- Passport fees (i.e., a passport valid six months beyond date of reentry to the U.S. is required).
Where can I learn more abou the London tour?
The “A London Rhapsody” with Performance Today Host Fred Child Tour brochure contains all the details and tour itenerary. View the brochure.
Can the MPR Travel Scholar bring a spouse/partner/kids/friend along on the London tour?
The London Tour is sold out. On a space available basis, additional travelers can join the London Tour at their own expense. As a practical matter, we anticipate that the MPR Travel Scholar will be very busy during the Tour! The MPR Travel Scholar’s number one priority will be to enrich the travel experience of all Tour members regardless of personal ties to any participants.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must be 18 or older. Preference will be given to teachers who are presently employed in a paid teaching position.
Does the Travel Scholar become an MPR employee?
The MPR Travel Scholar is, for all purposes, an independent contractor.
When will the MPR Travel Scholar be selected?
All applications received before February 28, 2014 will be considered. From that pool of applicants, MPR will select up to 24 semi-finalists.
After March 7, 2014, MPR will contact each semi-finalist and request a three-minute video in which the semi-finalist explains why he/she should be selected as the Travel Scholar. More information will be provided to the semi-finalists when each is notified. The video submission will be due on March 21, 2014.
MPR will announce the London Travel Scholar on April 2, 2014.
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