International travel allows the traveler not only the ability to see new cultures, but also the opportunity to learn as part of a cultural community through an intensive, planned interaction. Through the Hubbard Center, DePauw students can engage in a variety of opportunities ranging from short-term experiences in January, May, or the summer to full-semester study abroad experiences.
Many Education Studies students benefit greatly from these experiences. Whether they are studying courses related to education issues in a global context or volunteering at a school in another culture, the experiences they have are often transforming.
Hannah Meyer ('16) volunteers in Ecuador
Working in Centro del Niño in Amaguaña, Ecuador, Hannah was able to teach English as well as fine and gross motor skills. Not only did she come away with many ideas she can use in her future career as a special education teacher, but she also gained valuable insights into the comparison of special education in Ecuador and the United States.
Kristen Dickman ('15) leads a Winter Term trip to El Salvador
Kristen and several DePauw students studied the history of the civil war in El Salvador and the effects it has had on the education system. As part of their time there, they did a construction project at a school in the community of El Roble. They were also able to visit the first school at which DePauw students volunteered in Las Delicias in 1993 and envision how their project might look one day in the future.