The Importance of Study Abroad: Students Outside Their Comfort Zones
Study abroad opportunities are on the rise at institutions of higher education. The intent of such programs is to provide students with international experiences tied to their major fields of study. This presentation describes the shifts in attitudes of Ohio State pre-service teachers in a one-month home stay while teaching in a bi-lingual school in Concepción, Chile. It examines changing views about family structures, education, and being the outsider in a culture. Study abroad can be life changing as it takes students away from their usual supports and out of their comfort zones.