Task Objectives & Cultural Engagement Targets:
- To increase students’ familiarity with the host site (Knowledge of the host site)
- To encourage independent exploration of the study abroad destination (Cultural engagement)
- To promote effective coping strategies aimed at handling cultural and linguistic barriers (Tolerance for ambiguity; Diversity openness)
Students find their way around the host site and identify relevant information in connection with the theme or focus of the course. Note: As opposed to a regular scavenger hunt, this activity emphasizes in-depth independent exploration of a particular resource at the host site.
- Prior to arrival (or prior to assigning tasks). Teacher selects relevant places, artifacts or individuals at host site, and designs course-appropriate research tasks (Examples: Healthcare services available in low-income neighborhoods; local businesses/companies where specific technologies [or procedures] are applied; Urban planning features that relate to a specific theme explored in the course, etc.).
- Searches. Students find their way around the unfamiliar host site, interacting with the local community, and gathering the required information/images/sounds, etc.
- Sharing. Students share their findings with other classmates. The medium can vary depending on the focus of the course and/or the resources available at the host site (possible options: class presentations, YouTube videos, blog entries, etc.)