In the School of Education, we offer students and candidates the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world around them through School-sponsored travel experiences. You will not only experience the culture of a country—interacting with local people, visiting important cultural and historical sites, enjoying local foods—you will learn about the local schools and educational system by visiting local schools and teaching lessons to students at various grade levels.
We offered our first trip in 2013, with six undergraduate and graduate candidates who traveled to Guatemala. There, candidates not only taught science lessons in local schools, but also presented at an international literacy conference. Students also participated in a local Lenten parade, visited important landmarks and toured parts of the beautiful Guatemalan countryside. Any one of them will tell you the trip was one they will never forget, and that although the time they spent with the students of Guatemala was short, they will carry memories of those classes with them for the rest of their teaching careers.
We are planning a trip to Trinidad & Tobago! The preparatory course will run during the Spring 2014 semester, with a 15-day trip to the Caribbean nation trip set for May 25-June 8, 2014.
The coursework and travel experience will comprise service learning, self-reflection and experiencing life in this southern Caribbean nation. School of Education candidates will gain an understanding of teaching and learning in the Trinidadian and Tobogonian school system, and the various challenges and opportunities in working with English-speaking children in an urban setting—experiences that will become essential as candidates develop their personal and professional competencies as educators. Students will immerse themselves in the islands’ cultural life by attending various events/festivals, enjoying local cuisine, activities and music. This travel opportunity will all participating students to better understand themselves and their future in the context of Caribbean peoples and their cultures, as experienced through travel to Trinidad & Tobago.
The cost for the trip will be $2,600.
If you are interested in joining us, or fundraising to offset the cost of the trip, please contact Professor Ainsley Adams at 914-773-3885 or by email
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