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  • Application Deadline

    20.06.2019

  • Price

    CHF 1550

What’s awaiting you

This study trip shall bring you closer to a country that still many may have difficult associations with. Despite tough economic conditions – not least due to the long-standing American sanctions – the people of Iran look optimistic into the future and the country wants to show the world: this is a place worth visiting. Emad and us want to follow this call and get to know the country’s beauty, historic civilization and contemporary complexities. You will meet with Iranian people of different walks of life and through these interactions get a better understanding of their culture and daily life. Iran is an incredible country to travel to. The architecture will amaze you, the hospitality of the people will leave you speechless, the culture is diverse and interesting and the landscapes are out of this world. Nature, indeed, is an inextricable part of Iran because it is one of the world’s few four-season countries. You will visit a nomad camp, make a homestay in a village not yet on the common tourists’ maps, discuss with university students and marvel both at the historic and the bustling modern parts of the cities – all while being given the necessary background and guidance to contextualize and actually understand what you see.

Meet the Organizer

Emad Mansouri

I was born in Tehran and have been living in Switzerland for 7 years. I studied electrical engineering in Iran and am currently studying for an additional degree in information technology with a focus on business applications at the University of Applied Sciences Berne. Next to my studies, I work part-time in the IT sector and have also had exposure to the tourism industry. I am very interessted in travelling and especially in helping to build bridges across different cultures, which is also why I would like to organize this study trip to Iran. Apart from travelling, I love all kinds of sports, particularly hiking and water skiing, and reading.

Detailed Programme

Note that the programme is preliminary and might be subject to change.

  • 23.08.2019

    Tehran

    Flights from Switzerland arrive in the morning. Those who arrive then will be picked-up at the airport by Emad*.

    A nap at the hostel will give us enough energy to tackle the first day around noon.

    Visit of some key sights of the city, including one of Tehran’s many bazaars.

    Visit to a local German language center where we can meet with the students to learn about their motivation to learn German.

    A local university lecturer will party accompany us during the day, providing expert knowledge as well as insights into Teheran’s universities.

    *For those who arrive earlier, Emad can share the address of the hostel and tips on how to get there, but you will have to reach it on your own. The official start of the trip ist morning of the 23rd.

  • 24.08.2019

    Tehran

    Visit of a local small enterprise, hearing about what it means to do business in the capital and gettig a feel for work practices.

    In the afternoon, we walk around Teheran’s beautiful old town.

    Setting sails towards Isfahan (overnight sleeper train).

  • 25.08.2019

    Isfahan

    Arrival in the morning.

    The day will be spent with exploring the city’s breathtaking beauty and some of its key sights, especially in the old town. Emad can provide lots of interesting background information on the city’s history and current situation.

  • 26.08.2019

    Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

    We head south-west to the province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari. On the way we pass by lush landscapes. We stop in a small village to appreciate the nature of the region and see lifestyles outside the big cities.

    Visit a nomad camp where we stay overnight.

  • 27.08.2019

    Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

    Leaving the nomad camp towards the small village Sar-Agha-Seyed where we will spend the entire day and are hosted by local inhabitants for the night. We also visit the village school and talk to the school kids.

  • 28.08.2019

    Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

    After being treated to a delicious breakfast, we leave Sar-Agha-Seyed and explore the surroundings, including regions where even in summer snow can be found. The region is representative of Iran’s great geographic diversity.

    We go back to the nomad camp for the night.

  • 29.08.2019

    Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

    We visit a small factory producing the local speciality “Gaz” (a nougat-like sweet).

    Later, we visit a castle which played a vital role in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of the early 20th century. From here, Sardar Asaad Bakhtiari (1856–1917) started the revolutionary campaign and capture of Tehran to force the central government to establish democratic reforms. We will lear more about this period.

    In the evening we drive back to Isfahan.

  • 30.08.2019

    Isfahan

    On the first short visit we were from having seen all that Isfahan has to offer. We continue our exploration of the old town and deepen our understaning of its history through visits to various historical sights.

    In the evening, drive back to Tehran.

  • 31.08.2019

    Tehran

    We meet Wartan, a good friend of Emad’s, who is an Armenian Christian. He will talk about his and his family’s life in the predominantly muslim country.

    In the afternoon, we meet young members of the army, sharing insights into the military’s role in Iran as well as daily life during military service.

     

  • 01.09.2019

    End of trip. Debrief in the group. Flying home or moving on idependently.

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