We will discuss self-transformation and the ability to understand the self through engaged learning and intentional travel.
Although we share our experiences studying abroad in both Rwanda and Serbia/Bosnia/Kosovo, we argue that in essence, it does not matter where you go, but how you engage with where you are. We challenge the audience to see every interaction as an opportunity for personal transformation in order to promote a culture of global empathy.
Our TEDx talk introduces the idea that any traveller can be an activist if they allow themselves the vulnerability to be transformed by others’ stories. Imagine a community in which all individuals chose to take part in this form of experiential learning and then returned to their home to encounter people who were willing to actively listen. This is the revolution that we want to create.