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EBICL is about intercultural learning, because one of the most important things about travel is being open to learning and being aware of learning about other cultures.
Volunteering internationally is not just about “giving back” but is an exceptional opportunity for our own personal growth.
Economic and political globalization continues to bring people closer together, both literally and virtually. We all ‘know’ that it’s important to deal with diversity and different cultures, however, we often stop at what’s on the surface.
Our Experience-Based Intercultural Learning (EBICL) framework is designed to help individuals develop more effective communication skills and improve their understanding of the unfamiliar. As the name suggests our curriculum is rooted in experiential learning theories and intercultural communication research along with 60 years of experience in the field.
Our concrete approach to competency-building has been specially designed to supplement experiential learning. Through structured reflection, interpersonal growth and intercultural competence are maximized.
We give our participants, and everyone involved, better insights into the perspectives of people from other cultures. The resulting empathy prepares participants to better cope with ambiguity and difference in future situations. People who take part in our programs show increased intercultural development and more global awareness.
This is assessed based on the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), a scale that identifies varying worldviews through which people perceive cultural difference.
As part of the Go Kiwi Go programme participants receive:
Online pre-departure training
Online training while in-country
Online readjustment training and program certificate of completion upon your return