As we develop our students into independent thinkers with a drive to blaze their own paths and answer their own questions, we must provide them with the excellent source material. Our educational travel programs do just that while working with rural communities. Together, all parties involved will actively create measurable change with limited time and resources.
How do localized communities develop programs that strike the perfect balance between costs and benefits to affect the most change?
The answer requires a candid and realistic approach to problem-solving. These experiences are particularly invaluable to extended essays in business and management for the ib program. Learning to work with a barebones budget and finding creative solutions that are cost-effective will stay with students for their whole lives. As the students work together, they are forced to fix problems with the community leaders and complete their tasks with what little they have. Overcoming these hurdles is invaluable in building their drive and resilience.
By doing more than just backpacking or visiting tourist traps, a student can effectively leverage their overseas experience and high school educational travel program towards the CAS component of the IB Extended Essay. With an increase in globalization and the interconnectedness of our society, there is a push towards creating global citizens that possess tact, humility, and a sense of responsibility. As this intercultural awareness cannot be achieved without traveling in a responsible manner, let GROUND Asia provide a safe but challenging environment to help your students reflect on a deeper level.
By satisfying the service portion of CAS on our educational student travel programs, students can challenge their underlying assumptions and gain a different perspective as they get hands-on experience. Through these experiences, our young-passionate learners will see that developing relevant solutions goes hand in hand with raising awareness and advocacy. That lofty ideals must be scaled back in favor of incremental change. Recognizing the limitations of inexperienced-idealism and always comparing it to the real work done on the grassroots level is an invaluable skill to have. It’s one of the best tools that educators should develop in the student’s metacognition toolbox. Rather than being some talking head that sets the tone and is driven by pedagogy, the IB extended essay paired with education tours gives teachers an opportunity to be franker and more open with the student: developing their voices and turning them into stronger individuals.
Since the extended essay requires a proper research framework and format, you can help provide these guidelines. This will bring validity to their fieldwork while they engage in their service-learning projects. We can also help customize trips to fit their research interests. With research questions in hand, students can use their research reflection space to detail how their questions have changed compared to before, during, and after their time abroad. When dealing with global issues, such as the UN Sustainable Development goals, many of those goals often intersect when working out a feasible solution in a small-scale and local context. This real-life engagement is necessary for accurately questioning the student’s own bias as well as the authority and weight we indirectly give ivory tower theories.
As their supervisors and coordinators, the biggest benefit of accompanying them on these educational experiences come from being there with them on the ground floor as they reflect on their daily experiences and offering invaluable support. Together, we will guide the impassioned youths on their journey: helping them gain clarity as their experience leads them through a whirlwind of emotions, doubts, and questions. Your advice and wisdom lay the foundation for their critical thinking and self-awareness.
If you’re interested in learning about how our educational travel programs can be customized to help your IB students, please contact us at GROUND Asia.
GROUND Asia partners with communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. The communities we work with are our clients. To meet their expectations, we empower them through mutually beneficial programs to ensure their development needs come first.