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Becoming World Wise


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Table of Contents

A World in Motion
Pathways to Global Learning
Raising the Bar
The Common Good
Mapping the Journey
1) Wise For The World
A Drowning Creation
A Distant World Only?
Competing Purposes
Millennials Rising
Bridging the World
Rethinking Development
Choosing the High Road
2) The Story We Need
Misadventures Abroad
No Loom to Learn By
The Great Dream
Redemption Story
Awakening from the False Dream
3) The Mindful Traveler
When Ethics Travel
Travel Worlds
All About Me?
The Journey towards Mindfulness
4) Making Preparations
What Type of Program is Best for Me?
Should I Travel Alone or With Companions?
How Do I Obtain a Passport and Any Necessary Visas?
How Should I Prepare for Potential Health Risks?
What Should I Do to Stay Safe and Secure in the Country?
How Do I Go About Making Travel Arrangements?
What's the Best Way to Handle Mail and Money?
What Personal Details Do I Need to Settle Prior to Departure?
How Do I Decide What and How to Pack?
5) Carrying Knowledge
Cultivating Relationships
Contacting Experts
Reading Ethnographies
Viewing Select Films
Conducting Electronic Searches
6) Living With Paradox
Losing Cultural Footing
The Belly of the Whale
The Path of Transformation
From Travail to Transformation
7) Getting Oriented
The First 48 Hours
Settling In
Wandering About
Crossing Thresholds
Community Reconnaissance
Regions Beyond
8) The Journey Home
"You Can't Go Home Again"
Somewhere Over the Rainbow?
Bringing the World Home
"I Didn't Expect That"
The Ambivalence of Home
Thriving at the Margins
Hidden Within the Linings

About the Author

Richard Slimbach is Coordinator of the Global Studies Program at Azusa Pacific University. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative and international education and has extensive experience living and working abroad. Slimbach founded Azusa's Los Angeles Term and Global Learning Term programs, the latter as a self-directed, full-immersion study and service abroad program that has enabled students to conduct small-scale community research and academic service-learning projects in over 50 countries. He continues to design cross-cultural programs aimed at linking learners from the global North with those from the South in ways that promote deep intercultural learning and help mend the fractures of the world.


Becoming World Wise comprehensively examines all facets of the study abroad experience and provides invaluable information and important resources to help bridge cultural gaps and make the most of an educational journey. But the book is more than a great planning guide. Through penetrating discussions and reflective questions, the author offers a gateway to personal transformation and a greater global consciousness concerned with humanity's welfare. Becoming World Wise is recommended for students who not only want to connect to the world but who also want to think and act for the world.--J. Michael Adams, President, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and President-Elect, International Association of University Presidents (11/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
Becoming World Wise is a superb resource for educational travelers... Because the content is not country-specific, the book can be used in courses and workshops enrolling students going to any destination. In short, Becoming World Wise is an excellent pedagogical tool.-- "NAFSA Resource Library" (5/1/2012 12:00:00 AM)
"Richard Slimbach has skillfully taken on a gargantuan task in writing a comprehensive guide to global learning. His broad reach to students, volunteers and other global travelers is held together by a search for the common good defined as 'the healing of a broken world.' The resulting pedagogy for global learning guides the reader through a process of focused reflection, information and preparation to consider both ultimate purposes and practical learning strategies for entering deeply into another host culture. This is a much needed and valuable resource for both faculty and students engaged in global learning.--Orval Gingerich, Assistant Vice President of International Programs at Augsburg College (1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)
"Richard Slimbach is one of the most engaging and provocative thinkers and writers about global education. In this book he reminds us that educational travel in its best form involves our entire being. By opening ourselves completely to the communities that host us in our travels, we not only come to know our hosts more deeply, but also ourselves more intimately. This is essential reading for all of us involved in global education."--Brian Whalen, Ph.D. (3/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)
"Slimbach's book raises an important question about the rush to internationalize college students' educations. He asks, 'Globally competent for what purpose?' and proceeds to give some thought-provoking responses. He describes education as a public and common good that should be applied to improving the human condition. His words challenge students and international educators to make choices that will foster full cross-cultural engagement in their communities. Addressed directly to students going abroad, it discusses both questions of purpose and direct practical concerns of students preparing to study overseas. He invites all of us to use our international experiences to make a difference."--Mell Bolen, President, BCA Study Abroad (2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)
"Too many Americans are traveling abroad without really ever leaving the country. Richard Slimbach provides us with the tools to do better. This is the kind of thoughtful, engaging and useful book that we have needed for a long time. It should be read by every educator sending students abroad, every student getting ready to study abroad, and any adult/professional traveler who wants to become a mindful traveler and a global citizen.--Adam Weinberg, President and CEO, World Learning (2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)
This engagingly written book provides helpful guidance to anyone going on an educational, service or mission trip abroad and guidance in how to make the experience an optimum learning experience. Rich in anthropological and sociological insight, this is the perfect book for those who wish to combine travel with learning and service.--Robert J. Priest Director, PhD Program in Intercultural Studies (8/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)

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