Your Impact: Fall Fieldwork Flashback
A key priority of The Campaign for SYA was curricular innovation. One component of SYA’s curriculum that we have developed and implemented in recent years — fieldwork — helps SYA take advantage of our unique locations to create a quality intercultural, place-based and experiential educational environment abroad. Importantly, fieldwork assignments intentionally send our students out of the classroom and comfort zone and into the local community. These activities challenge students to learn to navigate the city, appreciate the ecology of the region, interact with locals in meaningful ways, and discover interesting places and landmarks they may not have encountered otherwise.
Fieldwork happens 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.
Below are three of our favorite fieldwork activities from the fall semester.