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Benefits of Experiential Learning While Traveling Abroad

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Kimberly Manning

For many, experiential learning offers the ability to step outside of the classroom and textbooks to gain a deep comprehension of various topics and issues. The benefits of experiential learning while abroad include a broader perspective of the planet, applicable skills, increased confidence, and discovering one’s self. 

Where There Be Dragons programs provide students with the ability to learn through experiences that are both planned and unplanned. Whether taking part in learning service projects, spending time with homestay families, or trekking through the wilderness, students are exposed to abundant opportunities to gain hands-on education. 

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4 Benefits of Experiential Learning

Understand how to adapt in new situations

Experiential learning provides opportunities to learn hands-on how to adapt in new and familiar situations. These experiences are powerful for young individuals to feel confident in their own ability to pivot when needed or adjust to the situation. 

Learn directly through others through hands-on experiences

Hands-on experiences are typically guided by others who are passing down valuable and impactful skills and teachings. Students are encouraged to listen with intent and be guided by those who have mastered skills and techniques. Engaging in cultural traditions and practices affords students an opportunity unmatched by traditional learning styles.

Develop new skill sets

Experiential learning is beneficial for all types of individuals as it allows for development of new skills and knowledge. Individuals are able to understand new ways of learning in the midst of these experiences that they can apply to further education, career goals, or personal development.

Discover hidden passions and talents

It can be helpful to step out of traditional learning spaces to uncover hidden passions and talents, and experiential learning provides that opportunity. Through learning service, trekking, language study, and more, students gain a wealth of knowledge they may have not otherwise gotten to experience.

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