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Destination: Denmark! Orientation Notebook June 2012 Professional Development Program for Educators

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Contents Orientation Participant List...4 Orientation Agenda...7 The Center for International Understanding...8 Teacher Study Abroad Programs...9 Thank You to Our Sponsors...10 Program Purpose, Goals, and Phases...11 Itinerary...12 Flight Schedule...14 Emergency Contact Information...15 Why Denmark?...16 Map of Denmark...17 Reflection Tools...18 Responsible Photography...19 Tips for Travel...20 Safety and Health Tips...23 Packing Checklist...26 Packing Tips...23 Participant Health Insurance Abroad...28 Denmark Book Resources...32

Orientation Participant List Kim Altman, 2nd Grade Teacher Glen Arden Elementary School

Kevin Hrehor, 9-12th Grades, U.S .History Green Hope High School

Jodi Antinori, 4th Grade Burnsville Elementary School

Tyronna Hooker, 8th Grade, Social Studies Graham Middle School

Jeffrey Barger, 5th Grade Teacher Cameron Park Academy

Britney Kensmoe, 9-12th Grades, Social Studies, World History, Sociology Holly Springs High School

Yolanda Barham, 1st Grade Millbrook Elementary School Nancy Carr, 6-8th Grades, Library Media Specialist, Martin Middle School Krista Chapman, 5-6th Grades, Behavior Specialist, Kannapolis Intermediate School Susan Childers, 3rd Grade West Marion Elementary School Mimi Collins, English as a Second Language Culbreth Middle School Matt Crawley, 11-12th Grades, U.S. History & Sociology, Millbrook High School David Curtis, 6-8 Grades, Careers & Biotechnology, Bethel Middle School Amanda Fields, 4th Grade Weaverville Elementary School Melodie Graham, 9-12th Grades, English & Social Studies, City of Medicine Academy Lindsay Hamrick, 8th Grade, Math Martin Middle School Mark Hartman, 9-12th Grades, Physics & Physical Science, Millbrook High School


Emily Kochy, 3rd Grade Carrboro Elementary School Katherine Livingston, 9-12th Grades, English Hillside New Tech High School Stephanie McMullen, k-5th Grades, Media, Technology, Efland-Cheeks Elementary School Janelle Patterson, Kindergarten Royal Oaks Elementary School Katie Phelps, 5th Grade Efland-Cheeks Elementary School Theresa Pierce, K-5th Grade, Curriculum Coach, Overton Elementary School Pamela Pressley, 9-12th Grades, Business, Hiwassee Dam High School Leslie Rhinehart, 9-12th Grades, Chemistry & Physics, Chase High School Stephanie Rhodes, 9-12th Grades, Social Studies, Sanderson High School Trena Samsam, 9-12th Grades, Civics & Economics, Athens Drive High School Melissa Sykes, 9-12th Grades, English Central Cabarrus High School

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Roneca Wallace, 3rd Grade Oaks Road Elementary School Karen Waller, K-5 Media Specialist Timber Drive Elementary School Michelle Woods, 9-12th Grades, ESL, LELA, Algebra, Centennial Campus Magnet School

CIU Staff

Angie Bolin, Denmark Program Coordinator Matt Friedrick, Director of K-12 Education Programs Meredith Henderson, Senior Director of Programs Stephanie Caplan, Communications Director

Beattie Award Alternate Elizabeth Thomas

Borchardt Award Alternates

Robert Escamilla, 9-12th Grade, Social Studies Mary E. Phillips High School Tracy Bowers, Grade 4 Millbrook Elementary School


Shena Dowdy, Math East Millbrook Middle School Stephanie Fiedler, Media Coordinator Mills Park Elementary School Emily Jolley, Social Studies Knightdale, High school Steve Jones, Social Studies City of Medicine Academy Clark Norman, Social Studies Gravelly Middle School Christine Woolford, Grade 2 Efland-Cheeks Elementary School

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Thursday, May 3 1:00 Registration 1:30 Welcome and Workshop Overview Angie Bolin, Coordinator of Programs with Denmark, Center for International Understanding Matt Friedrick, Director of K-12 Programs, Center for International Understanding

Orientation Agenda

1:50 Getting to Know You Exercise Angie Bolin 3:00 Overview of History, Culture and Education in Denmark Mette Juul Sorensen, Danish Citizen and Resource Person 4:00 Introduction to the EU and how Denmark fits Erica Edwards, Executive Director, Center for European Studies, the European Union Center, and the Trans-Atlantic Masters Program 5:00 Break 5:15 Panel Discussion Previous participants discuss incorporating technology into time in Denmark and on return. Moderator: Meredith Henderson, Senior Director of Programs, Center for International Understanding 6:15 Dinner

Objectives: • To get acquainted and build community • To familiarize participants with Denmark • To provide participants with information about the European Union and Denmark’s participation in it • To assist participants with plans for projects and independent study • To provide participants with information on travel

7:00 Communicating Across Cultures Meredith Henderson 8:00 Adjourn

Friday, May 4 8:30 Logistics Angie Bolin 9:30 Project Planning: Develop Plans for Researching Lesson Topics and Logistics for Independent Research Day Meredith Henderson 11:00 Wrap up & evaluation 11:30 Adjourn The Center for International Understanding

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Learning from the World, Serving North Carolina The Center for International Understanding is an educational organization promoting global competence and awareness among current and future leaders in North Carolina. Founded in 1979, the Center is working to make North Carolina one of the most globally engaged states in the nation. As globalization plays an ever-increasing role in the economy of North Carolina, our current and future leaders need to be globally competent and aware in order to succeed in a changing world. Through a series of international leadership programs focused on issues vital to North Carolina’s economy and work in K-12 schools, the Center seeks to prepare current and future leaders to engage with the world. The Center for International Understanding, along with 17 campuses and other educational organizations, is part of the University of North Carolina.


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TeacherStudy AbroadPrograms

Teachers Bring the World to N.C. Classrooms Since 1995, the Center for International Understanding has provided teacher study abroad programs to help educators bring the world to North Carolina classrooms. Teachers from all grade levels and all subject areas bring a global perspective to the classroom and ignite an interest in global cooperation and competition.

Through Our International Professional Development Opportunities: •

More than 370 K-12 teachers and administrators have studied abroad •

12 different countries have been studied

More than 300 original global lesson plans have been implemented

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Thank You! The Center for International Understanding’s 2012 Professional Development Program to Denmark is made possible with generous support from the following sponsors: The Beattie Foundation The Borchardt Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation The Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust The Carolyn Hunt Teacher Endowment The James G.K. McClure Fund for Education and Development of the Western North Carolina Community Foundation Lenovo The Nelson McDaniel Global Teacher Award Fund The Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation The Dan Royster Memorial Award Fund


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Program Purpose The Destination: Denmark! Professional Development Program for Educators will focus on Denmark and its role in technological innovation past and present. The Center believes that sending teachers to Denmark is crucial as teachers can use their first-hand experiences in Denmark to increase student understanding of this important region of the world. Focusing on technology is critical as worldwide technological innovation is moving so fast that today’s teachers are preparing their students for jobs that do not even exist yet. Today's students are expected to enter the workplace already fully literate in technology, with strong communication and collaboration skills that will help them succeed in a connected and global environment. In order to properly prepare students for careers utilizing these yet to be developed technologies, teachers must be knowledgeable about today’s cutting edge innovations and be exposed to glimpses of what the future may hold.

Program Goals • To explore the historical, political, and socio-cultural dimensions of technological innovation in past and present-day Denmark • To understand the current state of clean energy technologies in Denmark today • To use technology to collaborate with other program participants on ways to implement global perspectives and technology into the classroom

Program Phases o o o o o

Orientation – May 3-4, 2012 Program in DK – June 16-23, 2012 Follow up – September 22, 2012 Online check-in workshop – TBD Final evaluation survey – June 2012

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Itinerary (June 16-23, 2012) Saturday June 16 Departure on Delta Airlines from Charlotte and Raleigh Sunday June 17 Arrival Copenhagen at 7:30 AM • Metro from Airport to CabInn Hotel to drop off luggage • Brunch (covered by fee) Afternoon Free Suggestions: National Museum/ Glyptoteket/Canal Cruise Monday, June 18 9:00 AM Lecture on Øresund Bridge and Fehmarnbelt Tunnel network A/S Vester Søgade 10, 1601 Copenhagen V • Tunnel technical overview on the projects • Professor Christian Wichmann Matthiessen on regional development as the consequence 11:45 AM Ingrid Jespersen’s Privatskole • Lunch at school (covered by school) • Brief introduction to Danish education • Overview on how school encourages students in innovation and the study of Science and Technology


Debriefing on return to hotel

Tuesday, June 19 9:00 AM Danish Energy Agency, Copenhagen • Lecture on Energy Supply and Renewable Energy 12:00 PM Guided Tour of Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde • Sightsee individually and return to Copenhagen by train when desired (self-pay) • Lunch at Roskilde (covered)


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Wednesday, June 20 Morning Research for lesson plans 1:00 PM Wind and Water workshop, Valby • Demonstration of a program to teach primary school children how things are connected and how their own actions every day affect the environment Thursday, June 21 10:00 AM Vestforbrænding Recycling & Waste Treatment Plant, Glostrup • Minimizing waste and pollution by treating waste as a resource 1:00 PM Sorø Science Camp • Vacation camp for students aged 14-16 to promote talent and innovation in science and to learn more about modern technology • Lunch at Sorø Science Camp (covered) Afternoon

Debriefing on return to hotel

Friday, June 22 All day Individual Field study • Participants follow their pre-planned agenda for gathering information to create a lesson plan for their students Evening

Farewell dinner, Copenhagen

Saturday, June 23 Departure on Delta Airlines

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Emergency Contact Information DEPARTURE, JUNE 16: June 17-23, 2012 Leaders: Angie Bolin & Matt Friedrick CABINN HOTEL Mitchellsgade 14, DK-1568 Staff Blackberry in DK: 919-208-9438 011-45) 33-46-16-16 Fax: (011 45) 33-46-17-17 Families may also contact: Meredith Henderson, Senior Director of Programs Center for International Understanding 919-420-1360, (ext 217 (work) 919-554-1890 (home) or 919-345-1660 (cell) HTH WORLDWIDE INSURANCE SERVICE From outside the US: 011-1-610-254-8771 (collect) From inside the US: 1-800-257-482 (Reference patient’s name, UNC group plan which covers NC Center for International Understanding programs) Phoning Home from Denmark It is very expensive to call from a hotel. Pre-paid phone cards purchased in the US generally work to call from overseas. If you have a card already, call the 800 number and ask if it will work from Denmark and ask what the charge per minute would be. Then you can add minutes over the phone, if needed. When using your phone card in the hotel, be sure to get an outside line first. First press the number for an outside line, and dial 8001-0010 to connect with a US operator, before dialing your card number and the local NC number. Note to Families: Denmark is 6 hours ahead of NC. Please keep the time difference in mind when placing non-emergency calls. The Center for International Understanding

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Why Denmark? Economy

Denmark is a case study of the European Union (EU), which is one of the largest economic powers in the world. North Carolina’s economic vitality depends on our relationship with the EU. • After Canada, the European Union is cumulatively North Carolina’s second largest export market, receiving 24.3% of NC exports in 2008. (UNC Center for European Studies, 2008) • As of 2005, 51.2% of US foreign investment is in the European Union, and EU countries held 69.9% of the total foreign direct investment in the US. (UNC Center for European Studies, 2008) • Between 2004 and 2008, North Carolina’s exports to the European Union rose by over 23%, from $4.3B in 2004 to $5.3B in 2008 (WISER, from U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, 2008) • North Carolina and Denmark are international leaders and collaborators in the pharmaceutical research and manufacturing industries.



Students who study other cultures, languages and histories will be in stronger position to take advantage of global opportunities. They will be better able to work alongside partners like Denmark and other countries around the world to ensure economic vitality and confront global problems. • Employers say they want workers who can speak more than one language and who know how to be effective members of multicultural teams (Committee for Economic Development, 2006) • Students must be able to work alongside the 95% of the world who live outside of the US • Only 15% of the world speaks English. A student who speaks other languages will greatly increase his/her career potential.

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Map of Denmark

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Upon Your Return:


It is important to reread and review your journal When we participate in a global study program, we often take the after your return home. time to learn about the culture we will be visiting. However, it is also Continue to reflect on important to look at ourselves and what we bring to the experience. some of your experiences One of the key players in the experience is you. It is your eyes that will in Denmark and their see, your ears that will hear, and your personal experiences and history effect on your life in North that will help you to interpret what you see and hear. Carolina. Some additional questions that may be Although we will be meeting in large group debriefing sessions during helpful are: the course of the program in Denmark, a journal is a great tool to help you reflect on your experience on a day-to-day basis as well as upon • What did the your return home. experience of traveling to Denmark with this global study program mean to you? Before You Go: In Denmark: It is recommended that you begin While we are in Denmark, you your journal before leaving the can use your journal to record country. Reflect on your feelings your journey. Some things to think about traveling to Denmark, your about are: reasons for joining this study • Notes from presentations program, your expectations, and on questions you hope to have • Specific quotes answered. Below are some • Sounds, smells, sights, etc. questions to help you get started: that you are experiencing • Why are you taking this • Questions journey? • What are you anticipating most about the program in Denmark? • What are you concerned or anxious about? • What are your assumptions about Denmark, the Danish, and Denmark education? How do you expect the country and the people you meet to look, sound, act, etc? • What are the key questions you would like to have answered in Denmark?


• Experiences outside the formal program agenda •


Stories, poems, sketches

• Use your journal to collect mementos, such as pictures, postcards, etc., to share with students and faculty • Record commitments or intentions to act when you return home

• What are some of the main ideas that you would like to convey to your family, friends and colleagues about Denmark now that you have been there? • How will this experience impact your professional practice? • What are some initial ideas that you have for recommendations for North Carolina policy and/ or programs based on your experiences? • What is the most important learning you derived from this experience? Bring your journal with you to the follow-up workshop. You may find that you want to refer to it as you begin the next stage of your action-planning.

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Responsible Photography Most participants on a travel seminar come with camera in hand, eager to photograph their experience for their own memories and to share with friends and family. Photos are a great way to document a travel seminar, but a camera can be a tricky tool to use well. How you use your camera reflects your level of respect for the local people and your long-term commitment to mutual understanding and responsible travel.

Guidelines for Taking Photos on a Travel Seminar: •

Ask Permission before you

take a photo, even if it is just a smile and a nod toward your camera. • Avoid Telephoto Lenses: It is best to use them only when shooting landscapes, animals or during performances or festivals, when it is difficult to get close to people. Even then try to seek your subject out afterward to tell them you’ve taken a photo and explain who you are. • Send copies: If possible, offer to send a copy if it turns out well and make sure you follow up. • Pay Attention to Your Prejudices: Ask yourself why you feel compelled to take a photo. Ask yourself how you would feel if the situation were reversed: would you feel comfortable having your photo taken by this person in these circumstances?

• Make Connections: On your travel seminar, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with many local people. Take pictures of the friends that you make instead of trying to grab images from strangers on the street. • Take pictures of normal things. Pictures of your room, meals, stores, etc. will help you answer some of the basic questions like “what did you eat?” • Your trip leaders, resource people and fellow participants all form an important part of your experience. Photos of them will help trigger memories and capture the flavor of visits.

• Get closer and pay attention to details: The best pictures are ones where the subject is clear and where details help to tell the story. Getting closer (easier when the subject is not a person), can vastly improve your photo. Note: these guidelines were modified from an article by Chris Welch, Tips for Making Better Travel Photos, found in the Minneapolis StarTribune, Sunday July 16, 2000, page G9. The Center for International Understanding

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Tipsfor Travel Arrive at the airport early! New security measures make it imperative that you arrive at the airport a minimum of 2 hours (or more) early. Remember to allow time for traffic or parking problems which may arise. Also please carry the itinerary with you in the event you become separated from the group.

Check-in Procedures:

Please check your bags all the way to Copenhagen from your departure city.

Luggage: Delta allows 1

checked bag at no charge. You can check Delta’s website www. for updates before departure.

Rendezvous at JFK:

Raleigh and Charlotte groups will arrive in New York at different times. To make sure we’re all at the gate on time, we ask everyone meet at the departure gate one hour before the flight to Copenhagen. If a delayed


flight or other reasons causes you to miss a connection, it is your responsibility to catch up with the group. Please check with the airline about rescheduling and call Meredith Henderson, listed on your emergency contact sheet, to relay information to Angie and Matt about your arrival in Copenhagen

Emergency Contact Information: Please leave

a copy of the Emergency Contact list with family and/or your office in the event that they need to contact you in Denmark or Meredith Henderson, the emergency contact person in our Raleigh office.

Money Matters: Currency: The Danish monetary unit is the Danish Krone (DKK). Currency Converter: A Universal Currency Converter is available at ucc/.

Credit Cards:

Most credit cards are accepted at major hotels, department stores and larger restaurants depending on the card type. Smaller restaurants and shops may require cash. You will need

a pin number to use your credit card in Denmark.

ATM: U.S. debit cards can be used at ATM machines, which are widely available in Denmark Photocopies: The smartest

and easiest security precaution you can make while traveling is to carry photocopies of the following: photo page of your passport; plane tickets; all credit cards; the phone & fax numbers for reporting lost credit cards; traveler’s checques, front and back; travel itinerary with phone numbers; your travel insurance company and your medical emergency network.

Phones: Calling from the

hotel room is quite expensive unless you use a pre-paid phone card. Most phone cards purchased in the U.S. also work internationally. Check with the card company before buying. AT&T cards work to call from Denmark. When calling the US from Denmark, first get a line outside of the hotel. Then dial 8001-0010, your phone card number and pin, then, the number you are calling. When calling Denmark from the US, dial 011, the country code (45), and the phone number.

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Electrical Appliances and Voltage:

The CabInn Hotel in Copenhagen does not have hairdryers in every room, but you can borrow one from the reception desk, with a deposit. If you bring electrical appliances with you, the normal electric current in Denmark is 220 volts, and the two-pronged outlets are different from those in the US, so travelers should bring along transformers and plug adapters for electrical appliances such as razors, etc. Lap-top computers that are made to work on both 110 and 220 volts can be used in Denmark with an adapter plug. If your laptop works on 110 volts only, you will need to bring a transformer.

Internet Access at our Hotel: All rooms have wireless internet access. In the lobby there is wireless internet access, as well as two computers for the use of guests.

life insurance, missed or canceled flights, lost baggage, etc. Since our tickets are nonrefundable, some participants may want to consider whether travel insurance might suit their needs. You will receive a health insurance card with your ticket. Please carry it and the claim form with you in the event you need medical care while you are away.

Key Travel Tips • Do not pack or bring Prohibited Items to the airport. • Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop computers in carry-on baggage only. Tape your business card to the bottom of your laptop. (Leave valuable jewelry at home)

• Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories that contain metal through detector. Store hours: Stores are generally open from Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector. 9:00 or 10:00 AM to 5:30 or 6:00 PM Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Friday, and • All types of footwear are required to be 9:00 AM to 1:00, 2:00 or 4:00 PM on Saturday. removed and placed through the X-ray machine Stores are closed on Sunday. for screening.

Tipping: Service charges are automatically

added to hotel, restaurant, and taxi bills; thus tips are not expected. However, in restaurants, you usually give a little bit extra to round up the bill to an even number. Tips are not expected for bus drivers, cabs or guides.

Time Difference: Denmark is 6 hours

ahead of North Carolina.

Health Issues: You are advised to check

with your physician about your personal health needs. International travel can exacerbate physical and emotional problems, and the travel schedule and program in Denmark will be quite demanding. No immunizations are required for travel to Denmark, Please refer to the CDC Traveler’s Health information at

• Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carry-on baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film. • If you wish to lock your baggage, use a TSA-recognized lock . • Do not bring lighters or prohibited matches to the airport. • Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival or ship your gifts prior to your departure. TSA may have to unwrap packages for security reasons. • Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Insurance: The program fee provides

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Film: Although American and Japanese film

are available in Denmark, you may not always find the size or speed you want, and the price is usually higher than in the US. Note: X- rays from airport scanners don’t affect digital camera images or film that has been processed, i.e. film from which you have received prints, slides, Kodak Photo CD discs, or Kodak Picture CD discs. X-ray equipment used to inspect carry-on baggage uses a very low level of x-radiation that will not cause noticeable damage to your film. However, baggage that is checked (loaded on the planes as cargo) sometimes goes through equipment with higher energy x-rays. New baggage scanning equipment can jeopardize your film. Therefore take these precautions when traveling with unprocessed film: • Don’t place single-use cameras or unprocessed film in any luggage or baggage that will be checked. This includes cameras that still have film in them. • If an attendant or security personnel informs you that your carry-on baggage must be stowed with the checked luggage or go through a second scan, you should remove your unprocessed film.

lead’s thickness, and the film speed. If you use a lead bag, check with the manufacturer for the effectiveness of their products with airport X-ray devices. A lead bag on the scanner screen may trigger the inspection process. In a typical airport surveillance situation, the baggage may be pulled aside for additional inspection.

Safety/Security: Always carry the hotel card and the program itinerary with you. The former will assist taxi drivers and others in getting you to the right place and the latter will insure that you know how to catch up with the group if you should become separated from it. Travelers’ checks, debit and credit cards should be kept with you at all times and not left in the hotel, even if in a locked suitcase. The same applies to airline tickets, passports, and other valuables. It is wise to keep a copy of your passport in a secure place in your luggage. Our hotels will probably have safe deposit boxes either in the rooms or at the reception area. Keep the number, date and place of issuance of your passport and travelers checks separate from the documents. It is recommended that you leave good jewelry at home.

• Have your exposed film processed locally before passing through airport security on your return trip. • If you’re going to be traveling through multiple X-ray examination (more than 5 times), request a hand search of your carry-on baggage. FAA regulations in the US allow for a hand search of photographic film and equipment if requested. However, non-US airports may not honor this request. • If you’re asked to step aside for a more thorough search of your carry-on baggage, you should be advised that film could be harmed and you should take it out of your luggage. Lead-lined bags, available from photo retailers, will weaken the x-radiation on film and reduce potential damage. However, the effectiveness of any particular lead bag depends on the intensity and electric potential of the X-ray generator, the 22

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Safetyand HealthTips The Center can’t guarantee your safety while traveling but the staff is very conscious of participant safety in planning and during the exchange. Among the many precautions program planners take are the following: • Checking periodically with the international counterpart planning the program on local safety issues • Monitoring State Department advisories and warnings • Contacting State Department Country Desk or US Consulate or Embassy in country when conditions seem questionable •

Providing you with Emergency Contact Information

• Registering your group at the nearest US Consulate or Embassy with a list of participants and the group itinerary

Although there are certain inherent risks in international travel, there are things that you can do to help insure your own safety and that of the group when traveling abroad: • The State Department publication, A Safe Trip Abroad contains some valuable suggestions. In addition, the Center recommends the following actions by participants found on the following pages.

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• Avoid public places where U.S. Americans are known to congregate, for example, Hard Rock Café, American Express offices, etc. • Don’t draw attention to yourself or the group by talking loudly in public. U.S. Americans in their enthusiasm for their new experiences can seem unintentionally obnoxious to others. • If you become aware of a dangerous situation or a possible health hazard, contact the group leader immediately. • Respect the customs and obey the laws of the host country. • Be on your best behavior. For example, avoid arguments over a restaurant tab, which would call attention to you. •

Watch out for each other!

• Avoid unregulated modes of transportation. • Carry the Emergency Contact List and the itinerary with you at all times. Also have your hotel or host address written out in the host language for easy reference by host nationals, taxi drivers, etc. It helps to carry a hotel business card or brochure as well. • Stay with the group. If you must leave the group, inform the leader or a group member of your whereabouts. Your group might want to develop a buddy system to help insure the safety of all. • Be alert in airports. Watch and report any unattended luggage. Don’t leave yours unattended! Don’t agree to watch a stranger’s bag.

• Make copies of the picture page of your • Be careful who and what you photograph. passport and any other important documents Always ask permission before taking pictures. you carry with you (i.e., visas, green card). Give • Beware of pickpockets. Carry purses a copy to the Center, leave a copy at home and securely tucked under your arm. Carry valuables carry a copy with you. such as passports and tickets in an internal • Don’t go anywhere with a stranger, no pocket or under your clothing or leave them in the matter how lovely they may seem. hotel lock box. • Be alert to your surroundings and those around you. • Keep away from political and other demonstrations.

• Travel light. It will simplify check in at airports but it will also make you more mobile in the event that you have to move quickly in an emergency. •

Walk only in well-lighted, populated areas.

• Travel with a companion whenever possible. Familiarize yourself with the public transportation system to avoid appearing like a vulnerable tourist. Travel in daylight hours if you must travel alone.


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HEALTH • During long international flights, walk around the plane frequently to keep your circulation going and help avoid blood clots. Flex legs, feet and ankles in the seat. Drink lots of water and avoid dehydration by limiting alcohol and caffeine intake. Elastic support stockings may help reduce the danger of blood clots (Joe and Terry Graedon, News and Observer, Oct. 7, 2001). • Consider your own health situation and consult with your physician before traveling. • Carry medicines in prescription bottles with you in carry on luggage. Bring a copy of the prescription(s) or letter from your healthcare provider on office stationary explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you. • Take extra pairs of contacts or prescription lenses.

DRESS • Dress to blend in with the local culture so as to avoid calling attention to yourself as an U.S. American. Avoid American flags, university paraphernalia, tennis shoes, baseball caps, and other clothing that marks you as an American. • Leave jewelry at home, especially your Rolex and other flashy items!

FINANCES • Be discreet when paying for something. (Although it may seem like play money to you, it isn’t to the host nationals!). • Be cautious when withdrawing funds from ATM’s again being conscious of people around you. • Have an emergency financial plan. For example, have a credit card which can be used in the event of unexpected expenses. • Carry your HTH health insurance card with you at all times. • Become familiar with the HTH health insurance policy, which is covered by the program fee. • Consider purchasing individual cancellation insurance, which is not covered by the program fee.

Check Out the Following Websites for Additional Safety & Health Tips American Citizen Services A Safe Trip Abroad US Department of State Travel Warnings Health Information for Travelers Deep Vein Thrombosis Traveler’s Diarrhea

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Packing Checklist ̘̘


̘̘ Passport Holder (waist pack or neck strap) for carrying key documents securely. ̘̘



1 pair of comfortable business shoes


1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

̘̘ Wash cloth (these may not be available in the hotels)

̘̘ Debit/Credit Card (Note: ATMs are widely available, be sure to let your bank know prior to leaving for the trip that you will be in Denmark, so as to avoid red flags)

̘̘ Earplugs, especially if you are a light sleeper

̘̘ Cell Phone (check with your service provider to see if they have a plan for Denmark)

̘̘ Extra pair of glasses or contact lens, and a copy of your lens prescription

̘̘ Watch/Travel Alarm Clock (especially if you are not bringing your cell phone, in order to stay on time for meetings and departures)

̘̘ Copy of the first page of your passport stored separately from your passport


Lightweight Flashlight

̘̘ Medical/health supplies, including: bandaids, OTC diarrhea medication, Tylenol/Aspirin and etc. as you believe you might need



̘̘ Transformer/adapter if you want to use electrical devices ̘̘

Camera/memory card

̘̘ Journal for keeping notes and observations.

̘̘ Medications in their prescription containers for the entire trip/copy of prescriptions ̘̘

Wash-and-dry towelettes or hand sanitizer

̘̘ Insurance card and claim form (will be distributed at orientation) ̘̘ Umbrella (can be bought cheaply in Denmark, if necessary) ̘̘ Business casual clothes for site visits; casual dress for sightseeing and free time ̘̘

Raincoat or jacket


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Packing Tips

Clothes: Separates allow you to mix and match

outfits more freely and to get the most use out of the least amount of clothing. For women, a few scarves and jewelry can vary the look of a basic outfit while for men, Carry on baggage: It is recommended a few fresh shirts with one or two pairs of pants will do the trick. TRAVEL LIGHT! Select at the most two colors. that you include all medications in their Build your travel wardrobe around a color that you enjoy. prescription containers and at least a School (casual) attire will be acceptable for activities change of underwear in your carry on on the program. In your dress please remember to be luggage since it is not unusual to have culturally sensitive (no shorts, tank tops, etc.). Make sure bags arrive later than you do! you have sturdy, comfortable shoes that will keep your feet both dry and warm in any type of climate. Remember Regarding new TSA security that canvas shoes tend to become wet and uncomfortable requirements for flights, liquids, gels in the rain. Plan to layer clothing since weather in and/or aerosols are permitted through Copenhagen is usually unpredictable. The average daily security checkpoints. Items must fit in one clear, re-sealable quart or liter-sized temperatures in Copenhagen in June are 55 to mid-70 plastic bag, in containers of 3.4oz/100ml degrees for highs and 45 to 55 degrees for lows. or less. (Please note: The TSA's exact measurements are stated above. But for ease of memory please follow the 3-11 Pack light since you will be responsible for carrying rule: 3 ounce bottle or less, 1 quart-sized, your own luggage. Bags should not exceed 50 pounds clear, plastic, zip-top bag, 1 bag per each and be no larger than 62 linear inches each. passenger placed in screening bin.) Click You may bring one carry-on item onboard the aircraft, HERE to learn more about the 3-1-1 rule. plus one personal item. All carry-on items must meet Plastic bags must be completely sealed and will be x-rayed at the security checkpoint separately. The following items are allowed, but must be presented to officials at security checkpoints if they are not contained in clear plastic bags or are of greater volume than 3.4oz/100ml.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and may not exceed 22” x 14” x 9”. This includes wheels, handles, side pockets, etc. The FAA mandates that all carry-on items fit under a seat or in an enclosed storage compartment. Bags, such as handbags, may be carried within the single item of cabin baggage. Please check the Transportation Security Administration website when considering how and what to pack at travelers/index.shtm, for updates on restrictions.

• Medications (liquid, gel or aerosol) • Liquids, juices or gels for diabetic passengers who indicate a need for Don’t carry valuables while traveling: You want such items to address their medical condition. (A letter from your physician to avoid expensive jewelry and other such item which would attract the attention of pickpockets. is not necessary).

Passport: Make a copy of the picture

page and visa page and keep it separate from your passport. Leave another copy of your passport (picture and visa page) at home, or scan and save it in your email.

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Participant HealthInsurance WhileAbroad The participant program fee covers international health insurance through HTH Worldwide Insurance Services. This policy is valid while abroad, beginning at 12:01 am on the departure date and ending at 11:59 PM on the return date. This policy covers health only. Participants are advised to seriously consider purchasing lost baggage and trip cancellation insurance, since the Center is not responsible for the cost of missed flights for illness or other reasons. Participants wishing to remain abroad past the scheduled return date may contact their exchange coordinator at The Center for International Understanding (CIU), if they wish to extend their insurance coverage. The Plan features HTH Worldwide’s Global Health and Safety Services- online tools and toll-free assistance to help members manage their health and safety risks, from finding the right doctor to receiving real-time alerts and advice on health and security threats.



HTH Worldwide Numbers While you are abroad: • +0-610-254-8771 (collect calls accepted) Within the US: • 1-800-257-4823

• 1-800-101-0061 HTH Worldwide Corporate Office • 866-281-1668 Center for International Understanding • 919-420-1360 In all calls to HTH Worldwide Insurance Service, please refer to the patient name and the University of North Carolina group plan underwritten by UniCare Life and Health Insurance Policy, Policy Number U-1052-A-06, which covers participants in NC Center for International Understanding programs as well as UNC system students studying abroad.

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coordinator or local contact person for suggestions. If he/she cannot help, you may consult the HTH website which lists doctors in various cities, about 90% of whom have agreed to accept HTH coverage without requiring participants to pay directly. Directions for signing- in relate to students but Center participants may also use it. To do so, click on “sign in” and fill in your e-mail address. To create a password, click “No, I’m signing up for the first time.” Then fill n the certificate number from your insurance card and your name. Leave the “graduation date” blank. After you accept the agreement, create your password, which must include both numbers and letters. If you still need assistance finding a service provider, call HTH Worldwide at +0-610-254-8771 directly for referrals to doctors or hospitals. The numbers for HTH are on the back of the medical insurance card. Referrals to medical facilities are not intended as payment guarantees but are to direct participants to quality medical services, Thus the participant may still have to pay part or all expenses and request reimbursement later.


to the service provider and present the insurance card as proof of coverage. Many service providers will require that the participant pay for all or part of the services but some may agree to bill HTH directly. If required to pay, the participant should have the doctor sign the claim form and provide a receipt. He/she can later submit the claim form to HTH Worldwide along with receipts. All participants will receive a claim form with their insurance cards.

IF PARTICIPANT NEEDS MEDICAL EVACUATION: If a covered person sustains an injury or illness and adequate medical facilities are not available, contact HTH for a medical evacuation to the nearest hospital, appropriate medical facility or back to the covered person’s home country or country of regular domicile. Medical evacuation requires written certification by the attending physician that the evacuation is medically necessary and must be approved in advance by HTH Worldwide. The policy covers medically necessary evacuation expenses up to $100,000. Prior approval by HTH Worldwide is required.

If the service provider is willing to accept the policy as coverage but wants to coordinate payment or wants proof of coverage other than the insurance card, the service provider should call HTH Worldwide and identify the participant as a member of the University of North Carolina group plan to confirm coverage. FOR REPATRIATION SERVICES: If (Collect calls from outside the US are accepted). a covered person dies, HTH Worldwide will arrange for the repatriation of the covered person’s body to his or her home country ALL MEDICAL EVACUATIONS AND or country of regular domicile. The policy covers necessary expenses up to $25,000. REPATRIATIONS ARE SUBJECT It does not include the transportation TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF HTH of anyone accompanying the body or WORLDWIDE INSURANCE SERVICES. visitation or funeral expenses. Expenses for repatriation require prior approval by HTH Worldwide.

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The following page contains web resources that will help you gain more insight into the history, culture, and key issues facing Denmark. Just click on the hyperlink to access a particular resource.


Denmark Web Resources

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Culture & Language

Background Note: Denmark

Danish Culture

Denmark Country Specific Information

Danish Food Culture

Timeline of Danish History

Culture, Customs, and Etiquette

CIA World Factbook Denmark

National Geographic Guide on Denmark

Profile on Denmark

Learn to Speak Danish

Denmark History

Danish Embassy of Foreign Affairs



How Denmark Paved the Way to Energy Independence

Currency conversion Øresund Region

Denmark Points the Way in Alternative Energy Sources

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

The Island in the Wind

Public Waste Policy

Denmark OKs Ambitious Green Energy Deal

Denmark’s Glass Bottle Recycling Success

IEA Has Mixed View on Danish Energy

Benefits of Recycling

News Media Resources on Denmark/Research Potential

Education/Social Issues

New York Times’s Denmark Page

Danish Ministry of Education On-line Publications

The Copenhagen Post

Learning from Denmark 2003

Danish Design Center

Center for European Studies at UNC

The Museum of Danish Resistance

American Association for the Advancement of Science website

Danish National Museum Karen Blixen Museum

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Denmark Book Resources

Culture Shock! Denmark: A Guide to Customs & Etiquette by Morten Strange (May 1, 2003) Denmark (Eyewitness Travel Guides) by Monika Witkowska (May 31, 2010) Conquered, Not Defeated: Growing Up in Denmark During the German Occupation of World War II by Peter H. Tveskov (Nov 1, 2003) Kierkegaard: A Biography by Alastair Hannay (May 5, 2003) A Conspiracy Of Decency: The Rescue Of The Danish Jews During World War II by Emmy E. Werner (Oct 26, 2004) Danish Fairy & Folk Tales: A Collection of Popular Stories and Fairy Tales by Sven Grundtvig (Dec 8, 2008) Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond (Mar 1, 2011) Denmark (Enchantment of the World, Second) by R. Conrad Stein (Sep 2003) Canute the Great: The Rise of Danish Imperialism during the Viking Age (Illustrated) by Laurence Marcellus Larson (Mar 21, 2012) - Kindle eBook


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