As a practitioner in international exchange and education with a focus on intercultural competence, the onslaught of COVID-19 was a surreal experience unlike any other. The entire world shut down and yet there was transformative work to be done. The spring months of 2020 were truly all they were described to be—challenging, trying, difficult, uncertain, and every other adjective used in email exchanges. And yet, what an enormous opportunity to potentially expand the reach to meet the direct needs of today’s youth. To stretch our flexibility muscles and, instead of waiting for things to go “back to normal,” to creatively […]
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe, many intercultural and global competence activities have had to move online—from meetings to formal and informal learning interventions to virtual exchange programs and online training. As an intercultural trainer working with clients from the nonprofit and corporate sector, higher education, the criminal justice system, and public authorities, I found myself wondering if it is possible to promote experiential learning and facilitate development of intercultural and global competence online. Fast forward to January 2021: Yes, it is possible! And it can be quite fun! The nonprofit organization that I work for has just finished […]
“When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; for his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered. When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more”. – The Prophet, Gibran Kahlil Gibran As education practitioners, there are always critical moments in our profession that make us reflect on our work impact and why we do what we do in […]
How can students respectfully engage with other cultures when they are learning from home? This article focuses on three ICC courses at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) that entailed travel and working with global and local partners, and were redesigned due to COVID19. We explore how faculty, students, and other stakeholders navigated global and local realities by cultivating mobile mindsets while sheltering in place. The sudden (im)mobility of learners and the design of technological platforms afforded new conversations about power and privilege, using ICC lenses. The breakdown of conceptual barriers between local and global helped learners contend with […]
The deadline for proposal submissions for the International Exchange Conference is February 29th, 2020. For more information on submission instructions, criteria, and the conference format, please click here.