This article details a case of how engaging students in a process of continuous reflection and peer education can support the safety and wellness of first-generation, community college students of color as they study abroad. In addition to standard risk management and safety orientations for students, our 3-phase study abroad model entails: 1) near-peer pre-trip preparation featuring alumni participants, 2) reflective immersion during the trip, and 3) post-trip peer-to-peer community education using multiple media. Central to all three phases is students’ engagement in continuous, individual and collective reflection through writing, blogging, videos and photography. By reflecting on issues like cultural conceptions, challenges and anxieties, and changes in perspective-taking, students generate a wealth of knowledge that is then shared to promote the well-being of future participants.
Pai, G. (2019). Promoting safety and wellness while abroad through continuous reflection and peer education. The Global Impact Exchange: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad, (Summer 2019). Retrieved from https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.diversitynetwork.org/resource/resmgr/gie_summer_2019.pdf