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Developing Sustainable Relationships with Host Communities
$100 for non-members and $60 for members
The people and institutions that welcome education abroad students to their communities are crucial to students' learning, growth, and well-being. Thoughtful collaborations between them can lead to mutual benefits. On the other hand, unprepared staff or students and disrespectful behaviors can result in hard feelings, lost learning opportunities, and maybe even canceled programs.
In this webinar, panelists Ted Samuel (Oberlin College), Sian Morris (GVI World), and Zachary Nowak (International Studies Institutes) will draw on their experiences around the globe to share tried-and-true techniques for developing strong relationships with the communities education abroad students learn from and how to prepare students to develop healthy, respectful relationships with the people they meet during their programs.

Dec 11, 2019 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Zachary Nowak
@ISI Abroad
Zachary Nowak received his PhD from Harvard University in 2018. He is currently a College Fellow in the Harvard History Department and the Director of Academic Development for ISI Abroad. He helped start (and still helps direct) the Center for Food & Sustainability Studies at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Nowak’s research is in food and environmental history.
Ted Samuel
@Oberlin College
Ted Samuel is a cultural anthropologist with nearly a decade’s experience in designing and implementing educational programming and professional exchanges in Asia, East Africa, and North America. As the former Resident Director of the SITA Program, Ted collaborated with Indian faculty from the social sciences and humanities to design experiential learning curricula at local NGOs and educational institutions. Currently, Ted manages the Oberlin Shansi Fellowship and In-Asia Grants programs, which gives Oberlin students and recent alumni the opportunity to work and conduct research in Asia.
Sian Morris
@GVI Capetown
Sian Morris is the Programs Manager for GVI Cape Town where she manages a number of community volunteer programs. Sian graduated with a degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Social Work before working as a Social Worker in the UK. She went on to volunteer in various countries, before joining GVI in Thailand in 2017. GVI operates in 13 countries running sustainable community and conservation volunteer projects in line with the UN SDGs.