Transforming Study Abroad
"Empowering Locally, Educating Globally"
Through Rehearsing Change, a community-based program in which international students and local community members participate equally, Pachaysana is rethinking the way the world does study abroad. We make this initiative possible through 4 basic strategies:1) structuring the program so that everyone's needs are covered, meaning academic credit for international students via our partner, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and full scholarships for local participants; 2) challenging academics focused on project-based, experiential learning, applying learning to real-world practice 3) linking learning to community development, so that our work benefits the host community, and 4) employing arts-based methodologies, which put everyone on the same level while simultaneously inspiring creativity, active participation and the development of communication and leadership skills. In summary, our program is a Safe Space where we rehearse the change we want to see in the world.