Cultural Immersion Experiences with Katherine Conway


Episode 62:  Experiential learning abroad is the focus of AMIGOS International with guest, Katherine Conway.  This organization provides Experiential Learning and Youth Leadership opportunities in the US and Latin America.  Their core programs offer cultural immersion experiences for high school students.  High 5 podcast host Phil Brown chats extensively with Katherine Conway, Managing Director of Programs, about the importance of experiential learning abroad on youth.

Initially, they discuss the importance of experiencing different cultures when you are young and the value of getting out of your element.  They explore the idea of growth and expanding your comfort zone in detail.  Next the conversation turns to conflict resolution and how youth can lead movements and affect change on a larger scale.  Questions raised include what makes a good leader, and how to develop skills in conflict resolution.  Similarly, the value of story-storying telling and empowerment is weaved into the conversation.  Finally, they discuss the value of outdoor pursuits and the opportunities available to high schools students in a gap year program.  In sum, this episode covers a lot of current youth leadership topics, including the impact of Covid-19 on AMIGOS’ work.  It’s one you don’t want to miss, especially if you have the desire to travel in the future.  Enjoy!

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High 5’s Edge of Leadership Summer Program offers a domestic experiential learning opportunity for students based in New England.  To learn more about this youth leadership summer opportunity click here: EOL Summer Program