A most interesting change in school culture emerges when students and teachers are able to bring back meaningful, intercultural experiences to the classroom. Discussions evolve into a forum to share broad perspectives, allowing students to connect earlier and with more purpose to their role as citizens of the world. The change inspires both students and teachers to be leaders in creating a future where active citizenship demands that people are intentional in their actions and recognize their ability to either positively or negatively impact the world.
In order to create a school culture where this sort of intentionality and empowerment exist, the collective group must have access to experiences that push them beyond their cultural comfort zone and experience, first-hand, an intercultural immersion experience. The goal of the cultural immersion program is to ensure that all Appleby students and teachers have the opportunity for significant and meaningful trans-cultural experiences outside their own culture and previous activities.
Through pre-departure meetings, daily cultural immersion activities, evening debriefing sessions and lessons and program reflection, students come together and discuss diversity, culture, history and build community – these interactions then contribute to and strengthen the bonds of intercultural understanding at Appleby College.