But it was absolutely worth it! We simulated the US presidential election process and elected our own president, went to an elementary school and talked to children about different cultures and we were invited by host families to spend an evening with them and have dinner. On top of that, 131 Fulbright scholars from 61 different countries were the participants of this seminar! So I talked to people from Indonesia, Pakistan, Mongolia, Laos, Azerbaijan, ... It was awesome and a fantastic experience.
The entire seminar was supported by the International Institute of Education / US Department of State, so even our travel costs were covered.