Travel Log 15 “There’s No Place Like Home? Rites of Reincorporation” by: Stephen Sharo Hillsborough, New Jersey

The challenges I have faced since returning home from New Zealand were surprisingly harder than I imagined. The discrepancies between New Zealand and American culture were evident before my flight home even landed. On my flight from Los Angeles to Newark everyone was in a rush to disembark the plane which resulted in pushing, arguments, and yelling. I was suddenly thrusted into an environment completely opposite from my experiences in the past 5 months. In New Zealand everyone was polite and would go out of their way for almost anyone, but in the United States it seems that everyone puts themselves first.

Some of the other challenges I face result from other’s lack of understanding of my host country’s culture. Since I have come back and described my experiences and what was “normal” is in New Zealand there was some backlash. One of the biggest criticisms was the lack of footwear in public places. People close to me, especially my sisters, saw this as disgusting and unsanitary, however it had become commonplace for me during my time in Dunedin. Another challenge I face while reincorporating into my community is driving. In New Zealand they drove on the left side of the road and there was practically no traffic. All of the dashboard controls were switched and all the highways were one lane. Returning to 3-lane highways with bumper to bumper traffic is certainly a major readjustment.

The quote I decided to share in my letter came from Slimbach which stated “home” isn’t just a physical space we inhabit but a lifestyle we construct. It’s a cherished set of values, relationships, places, and rituals that we learn to assemble wherever we are. Just as we had to construct a home in our host culture, we must now learn to reconstruct a new home in our home culture,” (Slimbach, Kindle Locations 3796). I think that this quote accurately describes the process of my return home. None of my friends and family members have ever lived in another country before and it is difficult for them to understand the challenges I am facing. I think that this quote highlighted the process that I am currently going through and also illustrates the results of a successful reincorporation.

My home community has steadily began to accept the growth that I have garnered during my time abroad. When I was first describing this assignment my sister said, “I don’t think you’ve changed at all.” I don’t think she realizes that the growth and learning from this experience isn’t superficial, but rather a deep emotional change. I think that the more time I spend in my community, the more they realize how much I have changed.  As I share my ideas and experiences they begin to accept these changes more and more. I think I prefer this gradual discovery and acceptance because it gives myself time to reflect on my experiences and share everything that I have learned.

One of ways I will carry back my “gems” from my study abroad experience is by sharing the different perspectives of my host country. Engaging with the beliefs of my host country while at home will help ensure I don’t lose everything I have gained from my experience. Specifically I think I will take a bigger part in conserving the environment.  New Zealand was highly active in preserving and protecting its ecosystem. I think that taking a larger role in environmental awareness at home will help me retain an essential piece of my knowledge from studying abroad.

As Pascal Mercier once said, “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” I feel that this quote accurately describes my feelings after leaving New Zealand. Although I can try to retain the “gems” from my study abroad experience, there will always be a piece of myself left there. My return to New Zealand will be just like my return home to the United States, somewhat familiar but drastically different.


The Dunedin Railway Station during the weekly farmer's market

The Dunedin Railway Station during the weekly farmer’s market


Travel Log 14 “Global Connections & Rites of Separation” by: Stephen Shaor Dunedin, New Zealand

My friends and I at the top of Roy's Peak in Wanaka, NZ

My friends and I at the top of Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, NZ

In his book Becoming World Wise Richard Slimbach discusses the potential that education abroad has in shaping the way we view the world. Specifically he states, “If we allow, global learning will not only carry us into the world around us, but also into this world within,” (Kindle version location 1080). Based off of my experiences studying abroad, I somewhat agree with his reasoning. Education abroad undoubtedly causes a new way of thinking and acting. Integrating into another culture forces people outside of their social norms and causes significant change in their life. Slimbach states that these changes leave us vulnerable and suggests that we “surrender” to the culture (Kindle version location 1112). Reflecting back to the beginning of my journey I can highly relate to this feeling. There’s a clear feeling of being lost when entering a new place for the first time. Without any knowledge of the area or customs of the culture you have to learn how everything works over time. Slimbach claims that these feelings of vulnerability, deprivation, and aloneness are what influence us to ultimately “surrender” to the host culture.

However I don’t think that this weakness is the sole factor driving global learning. I would argue that this state of weakness is often coupled by feelings of excitement. I see learning abroad like the first day of college. Similar to education abroad, college is a place for study and learning more about yourself. There is a feeling of being lost and alone, but most people are excited for the experience. Most freshmen year college students aren’t driven by the feelings of aloneness, but rather are motivated by their excitement. Slimbach thinks that the feeling of being weak and alone influences people’s self-discovery while abroad, but I think that their openness and enthusiasm is what drives people to learn more about the culture and themselves.

Personally my global connections while abroad have greatly influenced the way I viewed the world. I came into my education abroad with an open mind and as a result it has dramatically impacted my perspective on becoming a “global citizen.” At first I thought being a global citizen was simply being an active participant in worldwide events. However after traveling to multiple countries and living in New Zealand for 5 months, I learned that a global citizen is much more than being an active participant. People need to be active listeners in addition to active participants. First, people need to be active in the global community. They need to be aware of events across the globe and interact with them. Acknowledging situations around the world and not taking action does not create a global citizen. Secondly people must be active listeners as well. Every country has its own beliefs, issues, and dignity, which we can only comprehend and relate to through active listening. Active listening includes learning and appreciating the differences between cultures. In order to understand the world and be a part of the global community it is important to listen, to understand, and to act with people across the globe.

As my time in Dunedin comes to a close I have to say goodbye to my friends I’ve made over the course of the semester. I’m currently planning a final group dinner with my friends. During the dinner we will share photos of our adventures together, swap memorable stories, and reminisce about our favorite moments of our journey. As my time in New Zealand comes to a close, the feeling is bittersweet. I am excited and anxious to go home to see my family, but I also don’t want to leave my new friends. Many of them live across the country and I may not see for years to come. In order to combat this sadness I have been in contact with my friends from home and making plans with them for when I return. I think that my eagerness for home will help me reincorporate back into society. The familiarity of family and friends will make being home enjoyable for the first few days. On the other hand I think that showing everyone pictures and telling them stories will make me miss New Zealand and hold me back from reincorporating immediately. Overall I loved my time in New Zealand, but am looking forward to sharing my experiences with my loved ones from home.

Travel Log 13 “Connecting Rites of Passage and Digital Storytelling” by: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ


I believe that the idea of “rites of passage” has lost its meaning in contemporary society. In their article, “Rites of Passage as a Framework for Community Interventions with Youth” Blumenkratz and Goldstein discuss the how there is a lack of valuable and structured rites of passages for young adults. After my experiences abroad and using the information of this course I couldn’t agree more. The students I have been studying and travelling with all agree that studying abroad is a “special” time in their life. The months we’ve been spending in New Zealand is having a profound effect on our lives. However very few, if any, would see our experiences as a “rite of passage.” These young people understand how important their experiences abroad are, but they do not view them from a rites of passage lens.

My prior exposure with the rites of passage workshop allowed me to appreciate my transition into New Zealand culture. My program The Education Abroad Network was successful in utilizing the rites of passage framework to help us adapt to our new country. We entered the separation phase by entering a remote island in Fiji where we were unable to contact our families or friends for days. The liminality phase occurred when they dropped us off at our houses and gave us some basic information about the city. Eventually we successfully transitioned to Dunedin life together. Our personal experience demonstrated how useful the rites of passage model is for key moments in life. Furthermore after discussing with other students who did go through the rites of passage model seemed to have a more difficult transition. They either did not separate entirely from home or did not fully adapt to life in New Zealand.

Some of the elements of the rites of passage which will enhance my digital story are the aspects of program success relying on relationships and only going as far as you have gone yourself. The adult and the youths in the program must have a deep relationship and the adult must also have a clear understanding of the program in order for a successful rite of passage. The adult must have gone through the experience his or her self.  I think that I will incorporate this as a theme relating to my older friends. As a prior study abroad students they experienced the rite of passage themselves and gave me advice to help me with a successful study abroad experience. They provided me tips on traveling, plans that worked or failed for them, and explained some of the feelings I might experience.

Two other themes which will greatly enhance my digital story are adversity and personal challenge and the connection with the environment. Adversity and personal experience provides personal growth through challenges and obstacles. These barriers provide new skills and allow the person an opportunity to enhance themselves. Also the connection to nature demonstrates the relationship between people and the environment and garners an appreciation for the outdoors.  These themes are especially useful to me based off of the activities I have done in New Zealand. Many of my experiences here have been “firsts” and provided unique challenges that I have never faced. For example I tried surfing for the first time once I arrived in New Zealand and took all weekend to learn how to stand up on the board. Moreover many of my experiences have been outdoor activities. I will definitely mention my experiences outdoors, the challenges I faced, and my appreciation for nature in my digital story.

The digital story that resonated with me the most was Michael’s. The focus of his story was community and related it to the friends he made. The relationships he made overseas is what made his experience so worthwhile and those relationships formed a community. I think that the story was so successful because throughout the course we focused on what makes a community and Michael related it back to rites of passage and showed how the two are interconnected.

Travel Log 12 “Service” By: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ

The organization I decided to volunteer with was the Dunedin Night Shelter. The shelter provides meals and housing for displaced people in the Dunedin area and has been helping people in need since 2004. As a matter of fact, it has been Dunedin’s only emergency shelter since 2006. The shelter adamantly clarifies that the housing is not a routine “homeless shelter.” The Dunedin Night Shelter takes pride in the fact that is welcomes everyone who needs assistance. Whether some people are having a difficult time at home, going through difficult relationship issues, or simply need a warm place to stay at night. The most remarkable thing about the Dunedin Night Shelter is that it does not receive any money from the government, the entire complex runs off of funds received from the local community. It is the generosity and kindness of the people living in Dunedin that allow the night shelter to help those in need.

My experience at the night shelter was one an experience that was very familiar. During my volunteer experience I was responsible for helping out in the kitchen and serving hot meals to the residents. The time seemed to fly by as I was talking to some of the people there. Previously I have volunteered with organization such as the United Way which provide thanksgiving meals for people who may not be able to afford it. Both of these experiences gave me a different perspective on life. I am extremely lucky at this point to not have to worry about where my next meal is coming from or if I am going to find somewhere warm to sleep for the night. The people who are in these unfortunate situations are just like me. They have families, jobs, and some are even attending school and it’s shocking to know that I could be in the same situation as these people. Every time I volunteer, whether it’s for the Dunedin Night Shelter, the United Way, or another organization, I always remember that I am could be in their place someday and hope someone could provide me with the help I need.

Although my experience at the Dunedin Night Shelter was very similar to past experiences, there were some stark contrasts which I noticed. The biggest eye-opener was the fact that there was only one night shelter in Dunedin. I was shocked to learn that a city the size of Dunedin only had one shelter for displaced people. In comparison, New Haven has a similar population and has at least three homeless shelters. What I think is the most shocking is that there is little to no sign of homelessness around the Dunedin area. The comparison between homeless populations between cities in New Zealand and the United States was astonishing.

I think that volunteering while abroad is an exceptional experience. Throughout the semester we have discussed a lot about integrating into the host culture. We have been interacting with the locals, understanding the culture, and integrating ourselves in the community. I think that volunteer work is the best way to achieve all of these goals. There is no better way to get involved in the community than to give back to those residents who need it the most. There are aspects of the culture which can only be seen by taking the time and interacting with locals who you may have never taken the time to talk to. Slimbach directly criticizes American study abroad students for not having a “true experience” and I believe by taking the time to volunteer provides an opportunity to prove him wrong and help receive a unique cultural experience.

Travel Log 11: “Holding Up Half The Sky” By: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ

As I was read the book Half the Sky it was clear that the novel was going to have a lasting impact on me. The overall purpose of the book was to raise awareness about the inhuman treatment of women around the world. The book covered the stories of multiple women spanning across the globe. All these women shared one common link, they were all denied basic human rights. The women were involved in the worst situations imaginable including sex trafficking and child labor. I think that the author’s wanted more than to simply raise awareness. I think that the motivation behind the novel was to spark a movement to preventing these types of heinous crimes. The authors also wanted people to learn about these situations widely known and bring the highlight the mistreatment of women.

One women’s story which particularly impacted me was the story of Dina. Dina was a seventeen year old girl who lives in Congo. One day she was raped by four men, mutilated, left for dead and was found by her parent’s hours later. Unfortunately for Dina her family was unable to afford the necessary medical care in order to treat her dire condition. It was only until HEAL Africa arrived to provide her the desperate support she needed. The most shocking aspect about Dina’s story is she continued to live at home despite the incident, knowing that the risk is practically inescapable.

As I was reading Dina’s story, I couldn’t fathom what I was reading. Here was this innocent teenager who was treated like she was worthless. In my head I was questioning how could somebody do that? How were these people so devoid of emotion to treat this poor girl in such a way? I actually got somewhat angry at the people who did this to Dina. What I think was the worst part was the fact that I knew this wasn’t an isolated incident; these crimes are frequently happening all around the world. The two things that hit home the most were the lack of respect for Dina and the lack of healthcare she received. If an incident like this occurred in America there would be outrage. There would be a huge investigation, the story would be broadcasted on the news, and many people would rally around and support the victim. Yet in Dina’s case no one seemed to care. I think this just demonstrates how people view issues in the United States. I think that most people have a strong reaction when atrocities like this are occurring near their home, but once crimes are committed faraway we seem to turn a blind eye.

As a physical therapy major I am shocked about the lack of healthcare these women are receiving. In many areas of the world these women aren’t receiving the fundamental aspects of healthcare. The world has come so far in terms of healthcare and it’s absurd that not is getting some type of medical attention. Moreover the book talks a lot about childbirth and how there is such a lack of care for the women enduring it. There needs to be a revolutions in regards to the lack of healthcare, especially for women, in developing countries and around the world.  I think it is important to bring these issues to forefront of discussion; people need to know about these situations around the world and discuss how to solve them. People need to be empathetic about the situations of these women and imagine if those same situations were happening in their neighborhood

Travel Log 9: “Exploring Stereotypes” By: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ

During my time in New Zealand, I have had the opportunity to encounter people from all over the world. Dunedin especially holds a varied cultural center. Visitors from the U.S, Australia, Asia, Germany, and Polynesian islands are all common sights in town. My time abroad has allowed me to garner more knowledge about different cultures and religions. One stereotype that I have reconsidered was that of the Maori people. Although I did not know much about the Maori people, I already held assumptions about their operations. I had assumed that the Maori people’s opinions held little weight in politics and other important matters. I was so used to the way the Native American’s were treated here and assumed the Maoris are treated in the same way. However the situation is quite different here. Maori people hold their own political party which holds a significant amount of power. Furthermore government organizations take Maori beliefs into consideration. For example, police have the ability to spiritually cleanse a crime scene in order to make it noa (or make available for everyday use). Hospitals use certain elevators to transport the dead and label them in order to let people know which elevators are tapu (sacred).

Within my host culture I have learned that there is a stereotype with Asians. There are many Asian tourists who come to visit New Zealand and they carry their own cultural values. Some people in New Zealand see these tourists as rude, obnoxious, and constantly in the way. There is also a stereotype that Asian tourists are poor drivers. Granted not all Kiwis think this way, but there have been a substantial number of encounters where I have witnessed such comments.

Based off of current events, many Kiwis believe that the majority of Americans are Donald Trump supporters. I have received these assumptions in casual conversation and in one of my lectures where my teacher referred to a Trump quote solely because there was a large number of Americans the class. Clearly this stereotype isn’t justifiable, not every from America supports Donald Trump.

One of the stereotypes I had about New Zealand was that all of Kiwis would be highly interested in outdoor activities. While there are Kiwis who love the outdoors, I have also met a substantial amount who absolutely despise the outdoors. One of my Kiwi friends said, “I can’t wait for it to be winter so I can sit inside and do nothing.” Clearly this stereotype was not valid and each person is unique and has his or her own interests.


The cartoon I chose was an image of a person shaving a sheep. New Zealand is known for its extensive sheep population and many people assume that is all that is around. The sheep is saying just the usual because when you sheer a sheep, you only shave off all of the wool.  I have learned that although there are a lot of sheep in New Zealand, it does not take many people to maintain them all. For example, my Kiwi host had worked on a sheep farm for three years. On his farm he only had two other men and a sheep herding dog. This small team was responsible for about 5,000 sheep and I think this clearly shows that not everyone needs to own sheep. New Zealand may be a country with a lot of nature and agriculture, but they still have industry, business, and an extensive amount of other opportunities available for employment.

Travel Log 10: “Encountering Globalization” By: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ

Globalization in New Zealand has been evident even before I even stepped foot in New Zealand. When I first received my address for my living arrangement I immediately looked up the address on google maps. Two of the first places on the map were KFC and McDonalds and it seemed as though there was no way to escape from American culture. Everyone in New Zealand has a view on American politics and even other tourists from around the world continue to ask us about the American culture.  Brands such as coke and Doritos are present in the convenience and grocery stores, however I was surprised to see that New Zealand was not completely overloaded with American brands.  Many of the grocery stores and markets were New Zealand brands and many stores happily displayed 100% New Zealand owned and manufactured.

Globalization can be clearly seen in New Zealand in the form of music. American music dominates the charts throughout the country. The popular artists in the country are the same mainstream artists in the United States such as Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, etc. Yet there is still a presence of New Zealand based artists who are extremely popular. For example, one band Six60 is a band that formed in Dunedin and has become popular throughout the country. When I heard the band on the radio and asked a local Kiwi who the artist was I received the answer told, “Oh this is Six60, they’re a New Zealand band of course you don’t know them.”

One of the quotes which resonated with me and this experience with the band Six60 was the quote from “Encountering Globalization” which states, “The swirling and eddying of humanity mingles ideas, cultures, and values as never before in history,”(Robins, 243).  The reason this quote was so impactful is because the band has such a unique sound. There was a certain familiarity within the music, with the clear distinctions of American rock and pop, but another element was present as well. It seemed as though the calming and soothing environment of New Zealand was infused within the music. It is clearly a fusion of American music and New Zealand culture which produced an entirely different genre of music. The only way to truly understand the art form I am describing is to take a listen for yourself.

Travel Log 8: “Global Respibsibility Part 2” By: Stephen Sharo, Dunedin, NZ

The stigma associated with American students studying abroad is one which doesn’t accurately describe study abroad students as a whole. Many people may believe that students abroad chose to leave solely to party in another country, because that’s supposedly all that college students do. These same students don’t partake in local atmosphere, interact with natives, or are ignorant of the host country’s culture. Although there are these type of students out there, I believe that a large majority attempt to fully immerse themselves into the host culture.

For example, one of my friends from my program is the quintessential example of the ignorant American study abroad student. However, he also came from a very rural area in Washington and has not been exposed to many other cultures or different viewpoints. As a matter of fact he was shocked at the amount of vegetarians in our program, because he has never met prior to experience abroad. Slimbach would have claimed that he would remain ignorant and not fully immerse into the host culture.

However, my friend has fully immersed himself into the Kiwi culture. He has traveled with local Kiwi students, joined a variety of clubs and activities, and has learned more about other cultures during his time abroad than he has in his entire life. My friend Seth directly opposes Adam Weinberg’s quote, “these students (at best) simply get the American college experience in a different time zone,” (Slimbach, Kindle location 757-758). Seth is currently having experiences vastly different from his American college experience at home.

Moreover, I feel that the majority of the students in my program are experiencing new things every day. Rather than receiving the same American college experience in a different time zone, I think that the majority of students are simply receiving both a different college experience and a different cultural experience. I think that it is easily forgotten that study abroad students hold their same responsibilities for school and also hold new responsibilities in regards to their host culture and community. I feel that students can discourage these stereotypes by performing the actions of a mindful traveler such as interacting with the local culture and discussing what they’ve been learning. Moreover, I think it is more important to publicly demonstrate their new knowledges and experiences. I feel that if more students published writings and memoirs on their cultural experiences, then the stereotypes of America study abroad students could change.




Slimbach, Richard (2012-03-12). Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning (Kindle Locations 757-758). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Travel Log 7: “Global Responsibility Part1” By: Stephen Sharo, Dunedin, NZ


This cartoon depicts a church labeled “Never Again Official U.N Memorial” with the word Rwanda put above the doorway. On the inside of the church there are layers of skulls lining the walls. On the other side of the cartoon, there is a jeep labeled Janjaweed speeding right through the church and heading towards a sign that says Darfur. The militia in the jeep are also shooting at people trying to run away. In order to better understand the cartoon, background information on the situation in Darfur should be better understood. The Janjaweed are a militia group located in Darfur and Chad and are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. In 2003 the government and the Janjaweed began ethnic cleansing of non-Arabs in the area and the conflict is still continuing today. The author’s message was very clear, he is trying to show that the current situation in Darfur is exactly what has happened in Rwanda. The U.N said tragedies like this should never happen again, but they are currently allowing it to happen in Darfur and Sudan. The Janjaweed blew past the U.N condemnations of Rwanda and are continuing to murder innocent people. The amount of human rights which were violated in the cartoon were many. The people depicted in the cartoon are receiving cruel and inhuman treatment and were denied the rights to life liberty and security of person. (UN News Center). I think it takes a global effort in order to keep these rights enforced. The crises which cause the violations of these rights are too large for any one country or person to handle. For example, in the movie Shake Hands with the Devil General Roméo Dallaire attempts to change the situation in Rwanda. He was fully committed to remedying the situation and attempted to protect the rights of the people. However his small peacekeeping force was too small to make an impact. As a result, he completely blames himself, even though he did everything in his power to help. Preserving these human rights is a task that is too large for any one man or country. Other situations similar to the Rwandan genocide occurring today include the situations in Syria, Darfur, and Iraq. I think that there is a greater awareness and knowledge about these situations compared to Rwanda, but there is still little actions being taken. I think that as people we have a responsibility to help maintain the rights of these people.


“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | United Nations.” UN News Center. UN, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016


Travel Log 6 “The Mindful Traveler” By: Stephen Sharo Dunedin, NZ

The view from Mount Cargill, the highest point in Dunedin.

The view from Mount Cargill, the highest point in Dunedin.

The mindful traveler carries much more weight in the community compared to the carefree drifter or mass tourist. The carefree drifter and the mass tourist are in the community to see sights rather than experience the culture of the host country. Slimbach summarizes it best when he states, “This intentional awareness finds its ground and inspiration in a “story” that clarifies our motivations and allows higher purposes to guide our attempt to grow in worldly wisdom while enriching the lives of others,” (Slimbach, Kindle location 1450). The mindful traveler has more responsibility to the community, the host country, and the environment compared to a mass tourist or a carefree drifter.

In my experience so far in Dunedin I feel as though I have experienced both the carefree drifter and the mass tourist. Several times a day a tour bus drops about twenty people off at the entrance to the campus. These people simply take pictures for a couple minutes and then hop back on the bus and to travel to another spot. These people are not immersing themselves into the New Zealand culture but are rather simply observing what’s going on around them.

According to our definition of the global community which states, “A shared living space of interdependent individuals endowed with universal human rights, while choosing to act upon them embracing differences and working towards common goals,” the mindful traveler is very much a part of the global community. The mindful traveler has responsibilities and a higher purpose within the community itself. Whereas the mass tourist or the carefree drifter simply exist in the community and do not contribute to it. I think that our definition can be tweaked slightly in order to address some other points. I think that a reference to working towards the improvement of the community. I feel that Dunedin is a great working example of our definition. Dunedin is a place where differences are truly embraced. The university and the city are constituted of an eclectic mix of people from all around the world. For example the majority of the teachers at the University are not native to New Zealand. Moreover the school embraces various cultures by holding events such as the international food festival which represented about 20 different countries and were all run by students who attended the university. I think that the biggest action Dunedin has taken to demonstrate its open mindedness is its decision to take in thousands of Syrian refugees. Dunedin was picked out of all New Zealand cities to host the vast majority of the refugees fleeing to New Zealand.

I do think that mindful travel is a key characteristic of intentional participants of the global community. While I am traveling throughout New Zealand I plan on incorporating mindful travel into my trips in multiple ways. First, I consistently ask questions about the culture of the Kiwis. I want to know the reasons behind why people and society acts in a certain way. I continue to ask the questions that start with why and how because I think that is how I will get the most out of my study abroad experience. Secondly, I plan on discovering the meaning behind the sights I visit. For example, in Maori culture some mountains are sacred because they believe that’s where their loved ones go after death to move on to the spiritual world. I want to get the knowledge and meaning behind the sights that I am seeing. Lastly, I want to give back to the people who live here. Even small tasks such as ensuring someone gets home safely will allow me to become a part of the global community.

There are still some challenges to mindful travel. Traveling can already be exhausting and being mindful is tiring both mentally and physically. A person must fight through their fatigue in order to truly become immersed in the host country’s culture.


Slimbach, Richard (2012-03-12). Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning (Kindle Locations 1450-1451). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.