There and Back: Living and Learning Abroad by Donald G. DeGraafThere and Back: Living and Learning Abroad by Donald G. DeGraaf

There and Back: Living and Learning Abroad

byDonald G. DeGraaf

Paperback | December 1, 2015

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There and Back: Living and Learning Abroad encourages students to prepare for off-campus study programs, to think deeply about the challenges they will encounter, to document their growth, and to explore, affirm, and expand their faith. Featuring blog posts from former students, There and Back offers a resource to help students become pilgrims rather than tourists and to deepen their study abroad experience.

Donald G. DeGraaf is a professor of Kinesiology and Director of Off-Campus Programs at Calvin College. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and has also worked in Korea, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, all of which has contributed to his passion for international education and global engagement. His teaching f...
Title:There and Back: Living and Learning AbroadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 9 × 8.5 × 0.44 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Calvin College PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193755502X

ISBN - 13:9781937555023

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Table of Contents

Introduction: There is Treasure Everywhere 7 PART ONEChapter One: Why Study Abroad? 13Chapter Two: Seeing Study Abroad as Pilgrimage 23Chapter Three: Preparing the Way 31Chapter Four: Crossing the Threshold 41 PART TWOChapter Five: Embracing the Journey 49Chapter Six: Cultivating Your Intellectual Curiosity 57Chapter Seven: Building Cultural Competence 65Chapter Eight: Being Free 73Chapter Nine: Taking Risks 83Chapter Ten: Using Technology Wisely 89Chapter Eleven: Practicing Hospitality 97Chapter Twelve: Dwelling Well, Traveling Well 105Chapter Thirteen: Experiencing Thin and Dark Places 115Chapter Fourteen: Living in the Middle 121Chapter Fifteen: Dealing with Adversity 127Chapter Sixteen: Doing Justice 135Chapter Seventeen: Engaging Others from Different Faith Traditions 145Chapter Eighteen: Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn 151Chapter Nineteen: Ending Well 163 PART THREEChapter Twenty: Re-crossing the Threshold 175Chapter Twenty-One: Bringing the World Home 181Acknowledgments 189NotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"There and Back: Living and Learning Abroad is much more than the typical 'how to get the most out of your experience' guidebook for studying abroad. DeGraaf wisely and carefully accompanies the student traveler along the inner personal-spiritual challenges of the journey. Real transformation from a study abroad experience requires not only a guiding vision and openness to the 'other,' but also intense self-reflection and a willingness to dwell with the tensions of unanswered questions, conflicting and confusing loyalties and sobering realities. This book thoughtfully challenges students to explore these tensions and to be open to surprising discoveries. Packed with helpful information and the voices of students who have successfully negotiated transformative journeys, There and Back should be a must read for students and study abroad professional as well."- Dr. Ken Bussema, Vice President for Student Programs (retired), Council for Christian Colleges & Universities"In his book, There and Back, Don DeGraaf uses the gift of story and personal experience to produce a guidebook as important as any travel guide. DeGraaf's book helps students and other pilgrims unlock the treasures of traveling and living abroad through meaningful reflection on the places and people encountered along the way."- Chris Van Zanen, LCC International University, Klaipeda Lithuania