Santa Cruz Seminar Itinerary

Regional Training itineraries are designed to provide learning through experience by paralleling a student course progression while simultaneously teaching to thematic modules. Within each module, we engage in dynamic and experiential activities that train to new models, tools and strategies for working with students on global education programming. While the exact content of each workshop may vary, the thematic and experiential flow is consistent across regions.

Day 1 - Tone-setting, Container Building, and Risk Management How do we intentionally set a tone for depth, curiosity, safety and trust? We our first morning with several sessions focused on tone-setting for depth of engagement, safety, curiosity and individual ownership. Our morning will be mostly experiential as we get to know our group and intentionally build a collective identity. After lunch, we shift gears to focus more specifically on risk management. How do we identify, assess and mitigate risks on course? The afternoon is focused on the important balance between discomfort, challenge, safety, and transformative learning. Focusing briefly on pro-active risk management, we shift to skills of identifying, assessing and decision-making around specific activities and risks in-country. Through actor-based scenarios and case-studies participants build decision-making and judgment skills for responding to issues in the field. After a daily debrief we break before dinner and come back together for a communal meal and fire circle.
Day 2 - Group Facilitation, Community Engagement, and Transference How do we get the most learning from place, self and the group? How do we ensure that each cross-cultural exchange is educational and ethical? How do we integrate profound experiences into the rest of a student’s life? We begin our morning with a focus on the unique skill-sets related to group forming and facilitation and transition into small-group sessions focused on skill-building and tool sharing for generating student buy-in, briefing and debriefing strategies and building in student progressions towards empowerment and leadership. We conclude with strategies for student-community engagement and appropriate closure to the experience. Today's workshops delve more deeply into the culture concept and assuring that we as educators take a lead in drawing awareness to students notions of cultural identity, ethnocentrism, race, power and privilege. We explore best practices in setting up student homestays and take a critical approach to international service learning, focusing on strategies and tools for improving our relationships with communities.