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date: 26 June 2022

The Impact of International Experiential Learning and the Community and University Partnership Supporting Global Citizenship in U.S. Schoolslocked

The Impact of International Experiential Learning and the Community and University Partnership Supporting Global Citizenship in U.S. Schoolslocked

  • Elisabeth Krimbill, Elisabeth KrimbillTexas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Lawrence ScottLawrence ScottTexas A&M University-San Antonio
  •  and Amy CarterAmy CarterTexas A&M University-San Antonio

Summary

As global citizens, we have an increasing international interdependence that now impacts the way we solve problems and interact with one another. Intentionally planed travel abroad has the potential to transform lives by creating a greater global and personal awareness, where adolescents see themselves as not just members of their local community, but also a global community. In an attempt to prepare students for an international and interdependent world, one inner-city nonprofit agency partnered with a local university in South Texas to provide overseas experiential learning opportunities paired with service-learning projects. Through one innovative program, more than 600 students have traveled to more than 20 countries as a full-immersion experience, most of which were centered on service-learning opportunities. The students in this program had the opportunity to examine their prejudices, assumptions, and fears while learning about themselves and developing deeper relationships with members of their school and local community through global outreach.

Subjects

  • Alternative and Non-formal Education 
  • Education, Change, and Development
  • Education, Health, and Social Services
  • Globalization, Economics, and Education
  • Education and Society

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