Creating socialization and intercultural citizenship among binational volunteers: Mexican volunteers’ perspectives on an immersion training model

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Abstract

International non-profit organizations (INGOs) were traditionally established to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures. In order for INGOs to successfully carry out their objectives, global activists must work together in a culturally sensitive and responsible manner. The current article examines a volunteer training model that was designed to promote meaningful interactions between binational volunteers. The training, based on a Spanish-immersion and homestay experience, was piloted among volunteers at an INGO on the Mexico-US border. Results suggest that the immersion training model allowed volunteers to reassess and ultimately strengthen their relationships with their international counterparts while developing intercultural citizenship skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-630
Number of pages18
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018

Keywords

  • border
  • homestay
  • Intercultural citizenship
  • socialization
  • training
  • volunteers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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