A trip to explore sustainable agriculture in a tea garden in Bangladesh or a volunteer opportunity at teaching English in a K-10 school in Indonesia—both are international trips available to IU School of Education students.
The trip to the Teatulia Tea Gardens in northeastern Bangladesh will take place during Spring Break 2024 and will allow students to examine the topics of sustainability, community development, and access to schooling, all while working with local farmers who supply tea to IU dining halls. IU Dining is a co-sponsor of the trip.
During the trip to Indonesia, students will volunteer as teacher aides and guest student mentors at a K-10 school called Sekolah Misi Bagi Bangsa on the island of Batam, a short ferry ride from Singapore. Through this program, students will also have the chance to visit Singapore schools.
These trips will give students professional competitiveness that comes with international experience—but also can, as Professor Faridah Pawan puts it, serve as a “stepping-stone” international experiences for students under the guidance of faculty.