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First, Do No Harm: Ideas for Mitigating Negative Community Impacts of Short-Term Study Abroad

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kathleen Schroeder, Professor & Department Chair (Creator)
Cynthia Wood Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sustainable Development (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: This article presents the results from a research project on the host community impact of college students participating in university-sponsored international experiences. It finds that little reliable data is available on the impact that our students have on host communities. The article concludes that nondamaging international experiences require a substantial amount of planning, experienced group facilitation, and solid debriefing of students and community members. We recommend that geographers with a critical perspective and extensive foreign expertise should help guide the development of these experiences and urge their universities to screen study abroad for unintended negative outcomes on local communities.

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Schroeder, Kathleen, Wood, Cynthia , Galiardi, Shari and Koehn, Jenny, "First, Do No Harm: Ideas for Mitigating Negative Community Impacts of Short-Term Study Abroad" Journal of Geography, Volume 108, Issue 3 May 2009, pages 141-147. (ISSN: 1752-6868) Published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis DOI: 10.1080/00221340903120866
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
short-term study abroad