The Institute of International Education wants hundreds of thousands more U.S. students to study abroad by the end of the decade. That’s a tall order, even for an organization considered to be the leader in international education exchange.
We must inspire our children to be curious about the world and to become globally aware. We must teach our children to appreciate, communicate and interact with people across different cultures and in other countries — and that includes learning a second language as early as possible and studying abroad if feasible.
If you know a college student planning to study abroad, consider giving them a present they will find invaluable during their time abroad. Whether going abroad for a month, a year or somewhere in between, there’s something in the following list for every intrepid young traveler.
There are plenty of stories to be found on the “wake-up call” that’s needed (but we said the same thing three years ago), but what, exactly, are we being called to “wake up” to? As a parent and business person who advocates for greater global awareness and more foreign language learning in our schools, a few things stand out.
Raising global children does not have to cost much money, nor does it require hundreds of hours of free time. The single most important part of raising global children is to instill in them the right attitude.