What potential hosts need to know to take part in A Week in the United States
Cost/other fiscal responsibility:
- $500 – to match $500 from IPS toward airfare
- Food and lodging for one week: Flexible on how this is handled. Could use a guest room in a private home, for example, instead of at a hotel, could be a guest for dinners at various homes, etc.
- Transportation. Could provide a rental car, or assign drivers for speaking engagements, local tours, etc. Need to provide pick up and drop off at the airport.
What you are expected to arrange (talks):
- teachers and/or local amateur astronomers
The location is flexible. All can be in the dome or can be a mix of locations, like at an area school/university or observatory.
- Also consider inviting language classes from an area high school or university if the guest speaks a language that is taught there.
- Consider partnerships to share the cost: area businesses, astronomy clubs, language departments, etc. How about area restaurants matched to the ethnicity of the guest?
- Don’t forget publicity. Think about having your local mayor officially welcome the winner to the town.
- The winner has the option to extend the stay in the US for vacation and/or tourism (who wouldn’t?), at their own expense.
- Italy has been doing this successfully for more than 20 years. If you’d like to learn more, contact Loris Ramponi at email@example.com (National Archive of Planetaria, C/O Centro Studi e Ricerche Serafino Zani via Bosca 24, C.P. 104, I 25066 Lumezzane (Brescia) Italy; +39 30 872 164).
- It is the responsibility of the winner to take care of visa(s). Most IPS Affiliate countries can visit without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_the_United_States).
- Please share your results! What worked and what didn’t are equally important. A Week in the United States is hoped to become a model for other countries to follow.
- IPS does not have an indemnity form; it is the choice of the hosting facility to use hold harmless documentation.
Interested? Contact Susan Button at firstname.lastname@example.org