Why do we send students on Intercultural Learning Trips?
Few experiences allow us to witness what God is doing in the world more than experiencing a culture different from our own. By entering into cross – cultural relationships, not only as individuals with other individuals, but also as a community with other communities, we can deepen our understanding of who God is, who we are, and what it means to be a global citizen. It is for these reasons that part of SCS’s strategic plan includes the goal of broadening opportunities for students to have meaningful intercultural experiences.
Falling under the mandate of SCS’s daughter organization Global Partners in Christian Education, our Intercultural Learning Trips (ILT’s) allow us as a school to live into our mission statement of Educating for Wholeness in profound and lasting ways. The term “Intercultural Learning Trip” is used as opposed to something like “missions trip,” because the focus of these trips is on learning and being rather than doing and helping. The hope is to build new and lasting relationships, while strengthening old ones. In other words, the purpose is not to alleviate poverty as much as it is to humbly discover what God is doing in the world.
Over the years, we have been blessed to be able to visit our partner schools in Honduras, Sierra Leone, Moricetown BC, and South Africa, but another intercultural opportunity that has arisen in recent years is visiting Guatemala. In partnership with an organization called Snowfish, SCS has been able to send anywhere from 15 – 25 students to visit this beautiful and diverse country. For more about this intercultural learning experience, click Fundraising Letter 2016.
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