Why Scholars Wander
- April 8, 2015
- Posted by: Anjana Sreedhar
- Category: Ambassador, Partner, Wednesday Wisdom
By moving from a “scholarship” model to one focused on “educational fellowships,” we require students to play active roles in their international experiences by completing in-country documentation projects. Past projects include articles based on interviews with local youth, and a cookbook based on a host family’s recipes. Students must step outside their comfort zones to ask questions and gather information, leading to more meaningful interaction than is possible on most student travel programs. This fosters multiple levels of intercultural dialogue – within traveling cohorts, across cultures, and while sharing lessons back at home – and provides new models for how all Americans can engage the world, no matter where they go or for how long.