This site is developed to share information about a trip of 16 CHE students to Messiah College.
It is part of a the minor/course 'USAnders' in which the students learn about
- American culture (in relation to history, religion, politics, economy and geography);
- The way this culture influences the professional environment in the US;
- Their Dutch professional environment by experiencing similarities and differences;
- Themselves by mirroring in contact with American people, esp. students.
The strong learning environment consists of (at least) the following elements:
- Preparation by studying all kinds of sources, related to the personal interest of the students. The preparation is acknowledged by an extensive Take Home Test.
- Developing personal hypotheses, based on interest and prejudices. These hypotheses have to be explored during their time at the Campus of Messiah College.
- Developing professional hypotheses within project groups which will be examined during the two weeks at the College.
- Visits to all kinds of general cultural events (Farm Show, the Capitol of Harrisburg; de battlefields of Gettysburg; Washington DC; heritage of Independence in Philadelphia, a.s.o.).
- Visits to institutions, relevant to their professional education.
- Participating in 'class'.
- Experiencing differences and similarities in Christianity by
- participating in Chapels at the College;
- a visit to some Amish families;
- attending two church services and
- a lot of conversations.
- Living on Campus, amidst of 2000 American students, with all their strange habits.
- Some debriefing sessions in which the Dutch 'professor' supports the learning curves of the students by encouraging them to reflect on a higher/deeper level.
- This exchange between Messiah College and CHE started way back in 1995.
- When we posted information about this particular trip on Facebook, we got all kinds of feedback by alumni, expressing their experiencing with the cliché: 'yes, it probably were the most exciting weeks of my life'.
- So, the stakes are high ;-)