Collaborative Study Abroad is a virtual Study Abroad experience that address the needs of the study abroad community in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
It takes into consideration UNESCO’s COVID-19 Global Education Coalition to offer alternatives that guarantee opportunities for inclusive education across the world.
It makes some of the defining components of the study abroad experience accessible for students who may not otherwise be able to enjoy them or who are underrepresented.
It helps students acquire a series of key skills in an experiential learning setting.
It offers students meaningful and productive interactions with members of a host community in fully reciprocal of terms.
The very cornerstone of CSA is to use storytelling as a source of personal expression and creativity, of mutual understanding, of knowledge about ourselves and others.
The power of stories to bring members of multicultural communities closer together, to help them find mutual inspiration, and to foster each individual’s multicultural competence has been widely studied and developed IN MULTIPLE educational contexts*.
CSA is adaptable to different types of content within higher education studies in the AREAS OF THE social sciences, the humanities and the arts, but also to the currently restricted and lacking in resources context of study abroad.
* Chongruksa, Doungmani & Prinyapol, Penprapa & Wadeng, Yuhamasaulaet & Padungpong, Chaiwat. (2010). Storytelling: Program for multicultural understanding and respect among Thai-Buddhist and Thai-Muslim students. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 5. 282–288.; Lenox, M.F. Storytelling for Young Children in a Multicultural World. Early Childhood Education Journal 28, 97–103 (2000); Diamond, B. J., & Moore, M. A. (1995). Multicultural literacy: Mirroring the reality of the classroom. White Plains, NY: Longman.)
Collaborative Study Abroad derives from our longstanding practice as teachers, facilitating human, technical and narrative resources for U.S. college students abroad so that they can create media projects of a quite varied nature.
The bilingual English/Spanish printed and digital magazine más+menos, that includes hundreds of written journalistic articles, short film-documentaries, radio podcasts and photographic reports, has been the home of our students’ projects over the past ten years.