International travel offers many things: adventure, exposure to new cultures, once-in-a lifetime experiences, and plenty of stories to tell your grandkids. But sometimes international travel offers us something even more surprising: a reconnection with home.
One goal of this virtual field trip is to share what I am learning about Greenland. I am curious about people's current awareness. What is common knowledge and what are you discovering for the first time about this country? Without looking up the answers, please take the survey below. Feel free to leave a comment on your current knowledge of Greenland or what you want to learn more about!
There is a growing need for virtual international learning (or ‘virtual study abroad’). I’ve recently found myself thinking a lot about remote ways to connect people from different cultures. Where could large-scale virtual international learning make an impact?
As you can see from this graphic made by my student and content manager, Charlie, the itinerary is taking shape! Everything has to be ready to pivot at a moment's notice given health conditions and the weather. November in Greenland is fair game for winter storms. But... here is where we stand:
Time to talk money. No matter how little we eat while traveling (does Greenland have Ramen Noodles?) there is no way to get there without funds. Luckily, we have support from three places. Here is a brief glimpse at the organizations making this trip financially possible:
Time to introduce the team. There will be plenty of new people to meet when I get to Greenland, but these individuals should be highlighted from the start. There are four main team members. These are the professionals making the work connected to the virtual field trip happen:
Study abroad and international travel came to a screeching halt in March of 2020. Fall 2021 is not looking much better for these life-changing student opportunities, as many schools have delayed traditional study abroad out of concern for student well-being and the inability to plan around an unpredictable pandemic.
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. This fall, I will be recording a research trip to Greenland as a virtual field trip for my students (and anyone else interested). Join us as we travel to the Arctic and learn about life in the far north.