Like most of us I have read these International Educator articles before but it is good to refresh my memory on theme. After reading these articles, I was extremely impressed by the interaction and engagement of the students who participated in the various programs. The projects themselves were impressive but what really caught my attention was the student planning that went into the various projects as well as the student impact. By student impact I, obviously, mean the impact seeing genocide first hand has on a student, but also the impact that an American student has on a student who has known nothing other than death and violence for most of their life.
The transformative effective of these types of experiences is extremely pronounced as is the psychological impact. I remember the impact my study abroad experience had on me and I can only imagine what the added impact would be in a situation where the mission is to bring peace and justice into a place where someone could have grown up knowing anything but.
In that end it is not only about the impact but also about reminding and imparting the notion of not being afraid to jump outside of your comfort zone. So many great things can happen.
What has been an experience in your life that has taken you out of your comfort zone and what has been the impact it has had on you and those around you?
I hope to see you in St. Louis.