International education should inspire, challenge and change you.
There are plenty of "best practice" resources and conferences to help you design, manage, facilitate and evaluate global education programs, but these rarely address your particular needs and vision. Too often, facilitators use the same skills they employ in the classroom or office, the curriculum lacks the flexibility to foster personal growth, and the evaluation fails to capture real change. Participants may have a good time, but they are rarely asked to think critically about power dynamics. They return from the program with a view that we are all essentially the same despite a few surface level differences.
We believe this is a missed opportunity.
Transformative Travel Consulting provides customized planning, design, training, and evaluation services to create, strengthen, and expand your international education programs. We help go beyond a glimpse into a foreign culture to a deep encounter with difference that leaves a lasting impact by prioritizing your goals and the transformative learning process. We also bring the necessary field perspective to help you prepare for and navigate the challenges of international education experiences.
We believe global education must provide an in-depth exploration of personal and collective values as well as address injustice, inequality, and privilege in order to live up to its potential. When they are missing these essential pieces, global education programs run the risk of perpetuating stereotypes, oversimplifying complex cultures, and falling short of the
life-changing potential of what is possible - ultimately failing our learners.
We will help you create, strengthen, and expand programs that inspire and promote change.
FOUR COMPONENTS OF TRANSFORMATIVE Global EDUCATION
In order to maximize the perspective-shifting potential of international experiences, programs must be purposefully designed, critically informed, intentionally facilitated and holistically evaluated.
Created to meet your goals and spark change
Addressing issues of equity, privilege, and social justice
Engaging effective field practices rooted in transformative educational theories
Analyzing impact from multiples angles based on your goals
How We CAn HelP
We provide the resources and expertise to help you:
Design your program and curriculum with sites and activities that will spark introspection
Facilitate dialogue that challenges learners to reach their maximum growth potential
Develop and implement tools to measure changes in thoughts, behaviors, and actions
The Transformative Learning Process
"Travel isn't always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." — Anthony Bourdain