International Programs & Training
Pacific University's Teach in Mexico program is a practicum experience for pre-service and practicing teachers who are seeking a teaching experience in another culture. The goal of the program is to help teachers understand the transitions which Mexican children make in public schools, as well as to provide an opportunity for our teachers to explore their own assumptions about the culturally diverse children they could well be teaching in the future.
This is a multidisciplinary, two week seminar lead by the faculty of Egerton University, in Njoro Kenya. A Ph.D-granting institution near Nakuru, Egerton was founded in the 1930s as an agricultural college by Lord Egerton on his estate in the “White Highlands” of Central Kenya. Attaining full University status in the 1960s, Egerton currently hosts about 8,000 students and features a large, secure campus and an adjoining 3,000 acres of teaching farmland.
At Pacific University, students have the opportunity to participate in a cultural immersion program or complete a 3-, 9-, or 15-week student teaching practicum experience at The International School Nido de Aguilas or Santiago College in Santiago, Chile through the University of the Andes. While in Santiago, students will be immersed in Spanish language acquisition in the community and at homestays, participate in service learning projects with students who may have limited educational opportunities, and engage in cultural experiences.
The cultural immersion and student teaching experiences in Chile assist students in understanding and applying concepts and theories of first and second language acquisition, not only for themselves, but also for the children in the Chilean schools. Students will also experience firsthand the role of culture and cultural identity in constructing community learning environments, an understanding readily applied to American classroom settings.