Nicaragua Educator

Best Practices in International Experiential Education

An 11-Day Seminar for Educators

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Duration
11 Days
Description

A skills-based training in international experiential education course leadership for teachers of global studies & world languages, and for coordinators of travel abroad & community-service programs.

Dates

Aug 2 - Aug 13, 2017


Suggested Ages

All ages

Number of Participants

12


Availability

open

Begins In

19 Weeks

Tuition

$2,420


Estimated Flight Cost

$880

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Program Overview


Join Where There Be Dragons for a professional guide-training in safe, innovative approaches to traveling with students and fostering global citizenship, awareness of self, and leadership in multicultural exchanges. This international experiential education course introduces field-educators to best practices in student travel risk-mitigation and emergency response, access to the countries most significant teaching-moments, and methods of realizing optimal student engagement. Based in Nicaragua, we train educators to realize the deepest and most authentic cross-cultural learning in any cultural context. We examine the totality of learning through cross-cultural exchange, from pre-course curriculum mapping and group tone-setting to transference and integration work. In Nicaragua our journey benefits from Dragons’ years of program development as we integrate our discussions of pedagogy with rural home-stays, work with a number of service organizations, and meetings with career development…

Join Where There Be Dragons for a professional guide-training in safe, innovative approaches to traveling with students and fostering global citizenship, awareness of self, and leadership in multicultural exchanges. This international experiential education course introduces field-educators to best practices in student travel risk-mitigation and emergency response, access to the countries most significant teaching-moments, and methods of realizing optimal student engagement. Based in Nicaragua, we train educators to realize the deepest and most authentic cross-cultural learning in any cultural context. We examine the totality of learning through cross-cultural exchange, from pre-course curriculum mapping and group tone-setting to transference and integration work. In Nicaragua our journey benefits from Dragons’ years of program development as we integrate our discussions of pedagogy with rural home-stays, work with a number of service organizations, and meetings with career development professionals. Twenty years of international educational programming and collaborative work with more than 1,000 educators have afforded Dragons a wide knowledge-base of best practices in transformative experiences – for high school, gap year, and college-level students. Educators on this course return to their home institutions able to design and lead programs that best inculcate mature, compassionate, and capable student-leaders who are better able to articulate their place in the world.

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Training Modules Include:

  • Risk Management: How to identify, assess, and manage risks abroad; working with students to manage risk in the field; the student-container – check-ins, documentation, and student management
  • Access to Best Learning Opportunities: How to build sustainable relationships with host communities; facilitating a homestays safely; organizing a student excursion; setting up a successful service learning project
  • Student Engagement: How to deepen the student experience through intentional facilitation; teaching to global leadership and awareness; working with a progression that allows students to fail forward; bookending your program – tone-setting an experience and integrating a program into the rest of a students’ life; ethnocentrism and cultural awareness

Additional Topics May Include:

  • Community Resilience: A wide variety of complex issues, economic, social and political, have led to a wide array of community responses. How are farming communities responding to the demands of global corporations and climate change? How are the English-speaking people of the Caribbean coast being incorporated into Nicaragua’s political landscape? How is a socialist government responding to the growing pressures of capitalism in the region?
  • US/Nicaragua Relations: The United States has played an important role in Nicaraguan internal affairs since the beginning of the 19th century. How did the US Marine occupation of the early 1900’s affect the Nicaraguan Revolution? How were US plans to build a canal through Nicaraguan territory ended and have they resurged today? It’s hard to discuss the history of Nicaragua without an understanding of US interests and how they’ve played out historically.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Nicaragua is home to some very progressive and community based sustainable agriculture. How has the economic situation of the country pushed communities to embrace traditional farming? What are the other factors driving the movement toward a more regenerative agriculture across the country?