Internationalizing “Engaged” Learning: Enhancing Travel Study in Cuba

Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

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This research note presents the results of a pilot project to enhance the international travel study program at the University of Nebraska Omaha through an innovative integration of service- and experiential-learning techniques in a course titled “Cuba at the Crossroads.” This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of what I term “global engaged learning” that specifically seeks to integrate civic participation and political learning in an international context. This includes the development of a deep understanding of the political, economic, and social context of the Cuban reality where the students work with a Cuban social service organization to promote the well-being of, and sustainability in, Cuban society through service-learning projects. The outcomes are measured through the completion of the projects, as well as the dialogical journaling and reflection exercises, lectures, readings, discussions, and site visits while in Cuba.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-493
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015


  • civic education
  • civic participation
  • international engagement
  • service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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