Ethical Global Engagement:
Envisioning A New Approach to Travel

July 7-13, 2020

This bi-annual event brings together highly innovative educators, scholars, designers, and community leaders for a multi-day symposium. This year’s program, hosted in Trinidad, focuses on Nobis Project’s belief that all community engagement experiences (local, domestic, or global) require careful preparation and ongoing critical reflection. During the 2020 Think Tank, participants will use Design Thinking to collaboratively develop ethical community engagement materials and strategies for schools, educators and parents to use before and after community engagement experiences. Topic areas may include: strategies for unpacking the Nobis Big Ideas; educator guide (pre and post experience exercises); and parent guide (pre and post experience exercises). As Nobis Project expands our services to offer programs for student groups, these materials will support our partnering schools in better preparing students for community engagement experiences by preparing educators and parents to introduce the Nobis Big Ideas to students before and reinforcing them after excursions.

Think Tank participants will each have the chance to share about the challenges and successes in their fields:

  • Educators will share project examples from their classrooms.
  • Academic scholars will share about new research and trends in their fields.
  • Community leaders will share about the problems their communities face and the impact of the solution initiatives they are involved in.

By hosting our Think Tank in Trinidad we are able to model ethical community engagement, invite local community partners, and offer an immersion experience to aid in our Design Thinking process. 

Program Includes
  • Cultural Immersion
    • Hear from Trinbagonian community leaders and learn about their struggles and successes.
    • Savor a Trinbagonian meals with a Trinbagonian family at their own kitchen table.
    • Experience a variety of cultural excursions: visiting local temple, witnessing leatherback sea turtle nesting, and naturalist guided rainforest walk in a country known for its remarkable birdwatching. 
  • Professional Development 
    • An elearning component prior to travel with short readings, videos, and reflective assignments to prepare teachers before travel.
    • Hands-on action planning and social action workshops.
    • Professional development certificate available.

Cost - $1,600

This comprehensive fee includes: shared accommodations, all meals, beverages (excluding alcoholic), excursions, activity fees, gratuities, and professional development training. Your only additional costs are airfare, emergency medical and evacuation insurance (approximately $40), passport / visa fees, and any spending money you want to bring to purchase snacks or gifts while traveling. 

Contact us if you require travel support.

Registration Deadline

March 1, 2020
Space is limited, apply today!

Draft Itinerary*

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* Intinerary subject to change