7 Ways to Celebrate International Education Week

This entire week, schools around the world are celebrating International Education Week (IEW).

In the U.S., for example, a university in Oregon is having a Fair Trade sale. A Colombian high school Spanish teacher in North Carolina is leading presentations about Latin American countries. And a Michigan elementary school, currently studying the continent of Africa, is planning a daily geography quiz, a viewing of a DVD about the life of an African student, food tasting, and a speaker from Ghana.

Great activities, right? The IEW website suggests several activities that schools and other organizations can take part in. But how can individual participate?

IEW is a dedicated opportunity to share and learn about cultures around the world. Here are 7 easy ways you (and I) can celebrate international education this week:

1.    Learn how world cultures organize time differently.
2.    Pick up a Culture Smart! guide about a country you’d like to know more about.
3.    Short on reading time? Download a Travel with Rick Steves podcast about a place you long to visit.
4.    Read the Pop Culturosity Movie Guide and watch a new film (see page 11 for ideas).
5.    Test yourself with a Global IQ Quiz.
6.    Add your intercultural knowledge to wikicultures.com.

Whatever you do this week, enjoy!

What are your ideas for celebrating IEW?

About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is a re-entry/repatriation coach, consultant, and author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 36 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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