My daughter, Betty Berdan, is going to Thailand in March, where she will volunteer at the Burma Children’s Medical Clinic and a local school. She is raising funds to donate to the organization. 100% of her donations go to the people in need living on the Thai-Burmese border.
Last week I was invited by the New York Times “Room for Debate” to contribute my opinion on whether global universities help or hurt higher education. My response is below.
It’s been a very busy fall for me speaking and writing, and I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to share what’s new. So I’ve decided to do “news round up” of sorts here.
Working abroad is not necessarily what you’re used to, and it’s imperative to keep this point in mind. Learning to live and work in another culture takes time and focus.
Global education, the term itself creates confusion and consternation among academics, but can be defined as teaching children about the world and thereby helping them develop a global mindset. It includes learning a foreign language and provides a much better overall education for today’s children.
Interested in an international role? Check out the pros and cons of taking the deep dive and moving abroad vs taking on a “global” job with international responsibilities from home base. Determine which one is right for you.
Whether you’re going abroad for work, study, volunteer or pleasure, the odds are you will experience culture shock. Although culture shock hits those harder who are moving abroad, even if only for a few months, everyone experiences it somewhat, so it’s a good idea to recognize the symptoms and have some tips to deal with it.
Wherever we live, we should expect to be sharing our schools, communities, neighborhoods, clubs, and houses of worship with people from increasingly diverse backgrounds, the ones that globalization brought here. With this diverse population, our children have the important means of building friendships with different children to bridge the gap between cultures.