It's amazing what you can do in one week! A team of 35 students and 6 chaperones travelled from Tianjin, China to Pokhara, Nepal and had a week full of amazing learning experiences. They made great contributions to our projects and went home with broader...
Getting high school students back into gear after summer holidays is no easy task, especially when nearly half of them have a chronic lack of motivation. According to the National Research Council, 40 per cent of high school kids are consistently disengaged and...
Week 5’s done already…CRAZY! Just one more week here in Kochi, and it’s absurd to think that the time has flown by so fast. By now, we’re definitely settled in the routine of each week and have a good grip on all the different things we’ve been doing. I think the...
It’s crazy that we’re already halfway done with our time in India. Sometimes it feels like we’ve been here a few months and then later it feels like it’s been a day or two. The work we’ve doing has been going well and we’ve had such good times on our weekends off....
When our program leader first let us know that a leadership course was part of our DukeEngage Thailand program, I couldn’t help but groan internally. After an entire school year, I was looking forward to eight weeks of engaging activities – how exactly did a...
Education is everything, and everywhere - not just in school. In fact, there are some things you can’t learn within the four walls of a classroom, and you need to explore the four corners of the earth to gain. Working as a volunteer overseas is a fast track to...
As GVI’s Director of Field Programs, I’m currently leading a research project on Cognitive Complexity in Education Abroad programs in tandem with the AGA (American Gap Association) research and data committee. We are currently in the middle of analyzing data collection from pre and post surveys, and have already made some interesting discoveries!
Interview With GVI CEO Steve Gwenin on ‘Strengthening Communities: The Positive Impact of Experiential Education’
For this week’s service-learning blog, I was able to sit down with GVI’s CEO, Steve Gwenin, to get a better idea of how GVI strives to enhance the quality of experiential education abroad through meaningful service work that strengthens communities.
The importance of group dynamics in service-learning is an important factor to consider. As a microcosm of community development, service-learning programs strive to better incorporate an individual’s experience – via student learning – for a collective good, through community-building that is takes place both within and without the classroom setting.
What Are "Soft Skills"? “Soft skills” is a term used by employers to describe the personality traits and interpersonal skills required of employees to succeed in almost any job. In recent years, they have become more and more important to a successful professional...
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