Your Impact: Jumping into the Adventure of a Lifetime

Fall fieldwork

SYA’s Immersion Unit and Orientation

When students are intentionally sent out of the classroom (and their comfort zone) and into the local community, they develop key skills and take increased ownership of their education. In addition to engaging with their host families, taking educational excursions and participating in extracurricular activities, fieldwork challenges students to push themselves further. There's no better time to start this than on the first day of school. 

At each campus, our faculty develop and implement fieldwork activities which happen on a weekly basis throughout the year, starting locally and with minimal teacher support. As the year progresses, students have more independence and geographic range to complete their tasks. The goal is for students to feel confident and at home within their communities abroad. And it starts with a map to navigate their new communities. 

Though similar in scope, the Immersion Unit at each SYA campus has a flavor all its own. Students have embraced numerous novel experiences during the week of immersion, trying to use their language skills as much as possible and navigating gracefully the challenges that they have found along the way. Share in their journey through the campus updates below. Perhaps it will take you back to your early days at SYA when you were finding your footing in shoes that didn't quite fit yet.

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