The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers amazing opportunities through immersion programs, which allow students to experience the world outside of the classroom. What I love most about these trips is that while each trip has well-constructed itineraries and each student is in the exact same place, we all enjoy a unique, personal experience.
The impact of the exposure resonates with everyone in different ways, and the staff and students all walk away and take the awareness, education and cultural sensitivity gained and end up somewhere different. The Guatemala trip during the semester break in 2016 taught students to examine their own definitions of comfort. It taught them how to work as a team, and the importance of not just giving, but working in solidarity with communities.