#ReentryProblems – This is the Twitter hashtag that our Melibee interns insisted we use to get the word out about a new re-entry tool we’re creating. Because re-entry problems exist and as educators we do our best to address them through gatherings, conferences and one on one mentoring. But we’re busy…really busy. So, Melibee Global spent the better part of the spring and summer mulling over this topic. We asked ourselves how we could support educators who had little time to creatively address re-entry.
How can “non-poets” use poetry to process international experiences?
“We’re not all like that” is a phrase that stays with Melibee intern Drew Webster. His study abroad experience in New Zealand and Scotland forced him to challenge assumptions about others and what US Americans are like…
Our session was described as follows: “Muslim”, “Israeli”, “African”, and “American” – the labels that we use to describe others come with heavy baggage and a tremendous burden.
I didn’t realize, until I met Carrie Wagner to interview her about her book “Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life,” that I have been following Carrie’s international career for nearly two decades. While Carrie was in Uganda, I was a graduate intern in Lugano, Switzerland along with Carrie’s childhood friend, Bonnie. Bonnie would receive Carrie’s letters and would share stories about her friend’s time in Uganda with Habitat for Humanity International.
Egypt. It IS the news. But when you’re a study abroad adviser who had sent students to Egypt for the spring semester, your mind is focused: Safety. Their safety. Comforting and advising parents. Working with the partner institutions abroad. Communication, even when there is no internet.
Commentary on the BEVI Certification Training – Beliefs, Events and Values Inventory in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA.
How do we handle re-entry challenges for faculty that lead courses abroad? Are there any insititutional processes in place to support faculty in these cases?