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ERIC Number: EJ848912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Beyond the Comfort Zone: Lessons of Intercultural Service
Urraca, Beatriz; Ledoux, Michael; Harris, James T., III
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v82 n6 p281-289 Jul-Aug 2009
This article describes an international service-learning project in Bolivia undertaken by faculty and students from Widener University. The authors examine characteristics of the student group, trip preparation, and lessons learned from the experience. The article discusses the American cultural biases that emphasize personal comfort and individual self-fulfillment over acceptance of foreign ways of life, and it highlights the unique learning experience afforded by political turmoil and finding oneself in the role of the "other." The authors conclude that domestic service experience and team building should be less important to preparation than intercultural communication training, language proficiency, and exercises in deep reflection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia