8164
St. Petersburg
The US Foreign Service: Representing America Abroad
Get to know America’s first line of defense as you speak with Foreign Service Officers, learning about foreign policy, international intrigue and fascinating stories of life abroad.
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Program No. 8164RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. Petersburg, FL
D
Hotel Indigo

Afternoon: CHECK IN: Available from 3:00 pm at the Hotel Indigo front desk. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions that you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.

DAY
2
Intro, The Threat from North Korea, Inside the Embassy
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast in our meeting room features choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, pastry or breakfast bread, and hot items such as eggs (boiled or scrambled) and meat (bacon or sausage).

Morning: Begin the week with a general introduction to and overview of the Foreign Service. Learn about the history and structure, understand the differences between embassies and missions and come with lots of questions. Take a short refreshment break. Listen as our retired Foreign Service Officer shares with you his life and adventures in the various places he served in around the world. Appreciate life in the Foreign Service through anecdotes and stories.

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon, learn from Foreign Affairs Officer John Reppert about the threat from North Korea. John has been actively involved in Foreign Affairs since 1966, serving overseas as an Army Officer including attaché in Embassy in Moscow. John taught at the US Military Academy, the Army War College, and served as Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University. After class board our motor coach for a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" tour of St. Petersburg.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: This evening, view the video "Ambassador: Inside the Embassy.” This National Geographic video explores the world of diplomatic relations. The exclusive documentary goes inside the U.S. embassies in Japan, Pakistan, and Guatemala. Learn about the process of maintaining international alliances through interviews with U.S. Ambassadors Wendy Chamberlin, Howard Baker, and Prudence Bushnell. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi. Q & A session with Wayne Griffith to follow video.

DAY
3
Diplomatic-Military Cooperation, US-China, Families Overseas
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with Ed Fugit as he addresses the topic of Diplomatic-Military Cooperation overseas. Learn the importance of joint cooperation as these branches of government work together to carry out US policy abroad. Mr. Fugit, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, specialized in political-military relations His final assignment was as the Political Adviser to the Commander of US Central Command in Tampa, FL. Take a short refreshment break and then begin our second lecture of the morning. Ed Fugit will then discuss US-China Relations.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Ed Fugit will be your speaker as he shares his experiences - and challenges - of living and raising children overseas. After class, board our motor coach for a field trip to a local museum.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Break away from lectures and enjoy a demonstration and a chance to practice Tai Chi with Eckerd College Professor Hong Gu.

DAY
4
Putin & His Plans, National Interest, More Tales
St. Petersburg, FL
B,L
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the morning with John Reppert as he discusses Vladimir Putin and his plans. There will be a short refreshment break mid-morning. Complete the morning with Wade Matthews, former career diplomat with the US Foreign Service. In addition with a variety of postings that include Acting Ambassador/Deputy Ambassador in Chile and Deputy Director to the Organization of American States (OAS), Mr. Matthews also was Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College. This morning Mr. Matthews will discuss how the US Foreign Service helps formulate and implement policies that further US national interest, both in theory and practice.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: More Tales of the Foreign Service. Appreciate life in the Foreign Service through anecdotes and stories.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Your group leader can offer suggestions.

Evening: Evening at leisure for independent exploration

DAY
5
Mrs. Merkel & Germany's Refugee Challenge, Spain, Wrap up
St. Petersburg, FL
B,D
Hotel Indigo

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the morning with Joe Smith as he takes you to Germany and the refugee challenge. After a short refreshment break, Joe will discuss Spain and her new King. Wrap-up session: discussion/ Q&A. Here's your last chance to ask all the questions you weren't able to earlier in the week.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: The afternoon is on your own to explore downtown St. Petersburg. Most shops, museums, cafes, our beautiful waterfront and other points of interest are within easy walking distance of the hotel (2-5 blocks). Your group leader will provide you with information and give you directions.

Dinner: The group will meet in the hotel lobby and visit to a local restaurant for a plated dinner.

Evening: Enjoy the rest of the evening on your own.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
St. Petersburg, FL
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys.