Students better understand the inter-relations between democracy, civil life, and politics within the United States.
Through a blend of structured and unstructured activities and discussions, we reflect on how the various narratives around the nation’s formation serve to alternately reinforce or disrupt our personal understanding of what it means to ‘be an American’.
Students consider the foundational tension between individual freedoms and societal good, analyzing how structural decisions made centuries ago impact choices today.
We delve into the concept of responsibility for one’s country, visiting institutions and actors and prompting students to consider the range of duties entailed by citizenship, including service to one’s country, informed participation in the voting process, and organized demonstration against abuses of power.
Potential Program Themes
“Many student groups participate in ‘Voluntourism’. This trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions. Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.”— Altana , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
“My goals were to learn about post-conflict Colombia and step out of my comfort zone. These were fulfilled each and every day through activities, reflections, and first-hand experience.”— Julia D. , Student, GEBG Colombia 2016
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