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Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality

By Carly Womack-Wynne
Deep in the heart of the San Luis Valley in the cloud forest region of Costa Rica is a place
that encompasses the core attributes of global citizenship. The facility is a satellite campus of the University of Georgia (UGA), located in Athens, Georgia, and it offers classes
across disciplines, as well as internships and resident naturalist positions for science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM majors alike.
One of the most striking features of this campus is
its commitment to environmental sustainability. Not
only do faculty, staff, and students utilize and capture
the methane breakdown of organic matter produced
and discarded on the campus, but they assist local
residents in adding this same feature to local homes
and farms. In a region where coffee is king, they work
with local farmers, entrepreneurs, and agencies to
promote sustainability within farming and business
practices-enhancing the lives of local residents.
Tours of local organic coffee farms, cocoa and
chocolate factories, and cheese distributors are all in
conjunction with the promotion of local entrepreneurs rather than massive corporations.
This sleepy campus, nestled snuggly in the
Monteverde region within view of the cloudcrowned continental divide, strives to ensure that
its contributions to the community and the environment outweigh what it takes and consumes.
Students and visitors to the facility are immediately
struck with the sheer level of commitment to sustainable and ethical engagement the administrative
staff, on-site staff, and community have developed.
Students are deeply immersed as they work closely
with the local population to find solutions to problems impacting the life and economy of the residents. This concept has been sustainably developed
in a way that supersedes any single experience
abroad or single person's efforts.
Such approaches have dramatic impacts on host
communities in each country where a business
or campus is housed. Students who participate in
these programs are impacted as well-and higher
education can be an invaluable resource in the
struggle to galvanize this new breed of leader.

The cloud forest itself serves as a classroom at UGA's
satellite campus in Costa Rica, where programs
are designed to be equally beneficial to its host
community.

Preparing a curriculum for students that supports understanding, builds on the commonalities
of all humanity, and is designed with self-reflection
and analysis will equip future leaders to make the
connections that will ultimately set the tone for the
future of all humanity. UGA's satellite campus in
Costa Rica is an example that helps us understand
the meaning of global citizenship 2.0.
When students are immersed-deeply, authentically immersed-they see not only their culture,
but the world in a new light. These perspectivealtering, life-changing realizations are not new to
those of us who are scholars and practitioners in
the field of education abroad. Research has long
supported the transformative nature of this profession. Critical to the development of student dispositions are the connections they make to people
M AY + J U N. 2018 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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