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THAILAND/CAMBODIA (2016)
 

 

In the "Global Leadership" class (LEAD 203), a core course in the McDonough Leadership Program curriculum, McDonough Scholars have a chance to read about the Buddhist perspective on leadership. They discuss issues such as mindfulness, leadership as a personal journey, the role of wisdom and compassion in decision-making, and the Eightfold Path. In May 2016, the students had a chance to see these concepts come alive through a field trip to Thailand and Cambodia.
 
For three weeks, Robert McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication, David Brown, McDonough Affiliated Professor from the Biology Department, and Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Director of Civic Engagement, led the trip and helped students explore different leadership themes in South East Asia.
 
The trip excursions included excursions: The Royal Palace in Bangkok; The Chiang Mai Night Market; An Elephant Camp (pictured above); A Meditation Retreat; The Thai Cultural Center; Angkor Wat; The Killing Fields; Service Stay at a Hill Tribe Village.
 
This trip was part of a three-credit hour course (LEAD 350: "Leadership Study Abroad"). It fulfilled the General Education requirement for Marietta College students. It also counted as an elective for the Certificate and Minor in Leadership Studies, as well as the international experiential education requirement for the International Leadership Studies Major.
 
 
CENTRAL AMERICA (2015)
 

 
We took a group of students to Costa Rica and Belize to study Conservation within the context of leadership. Through this trip, we studied the ways leaders work with followers within their culture to achieve the goal of ecological conservation and sustainability.
 
Trip Description: We met with leaders from The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and local environmentalists. We also swam a coastal reef, hiked through rainforests, and visited Mayan ruins. Guest professor Benjamin W. Redekop, author of Leadership for Environmental Sustainability, travelled with us. We used his text as part of the course. In addition, we performed a service project focused on environmental conservation. The trip included students from Christopher Newport University. 
 
This trip was part of a three-credit hour course (LEAD 350: "Leadership Study Abroad"). It fulfilled the General Education requirement for Marietta College students. It can also be counted as an elective for the Certificate and Minor in Leadership Studies, as well as the international experiential education requirement for the International Leadership Studies Major.
 
To see photos of the trip and description of activities, click HERE.
 
To read the news story from the Marietta College website about this trip, click HERE.
 
 
GHANA (2014)
 
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This was the fourth group we took to West Africa as part of a unique service project that combines community engagement with cultural and educational experiences. The service trip to Ghana provided a safe and well-guided introduction to the uniqueness of West Africa. Students had the opportunity to participate in a community development project in a rural community, sample West African cultures, and appreciate their uniqueness and diversity.
 


 
Do you want to learn more about the McDonough Center's Leadership Study Abroad Program? Please click HERE.

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