In everything that we do, we repeat the mantra “Teach, Listen, and Learn”. World Learning’s programs incorporate teaching and learning across a range of sectors – education, civic engagement, workforce development, exchanges, and grants management. We treat all of our programs as opportunities for learning and interaction between teacher and student. We are experts in the “art” of teaching and facilitating the adult learning process. We consider the teacher’s personality and way of engaging with learning and learners, the teacher’s experience and talent. At the same time, we respect the “science of learning – theories and practices that support development, content knowledge, and training curriculum – as well as attitudes that create good learning environments. Our programs address teaching and learning as a whole. We understand that teaching is not only a set of practices that help students learn; rather good teaching and facilitating is a thoughtful response to student and participant needs over time.
World Learning’s approach is grounded in the principles of experiential learning, a hallmark of all of World Learning’s education, development, and exchange programs. World Learning designs engaging programs that promote active student-centered learning, activities, and experimentation with innovative curricular materials. Consistent with the experiential learning model, World Learning schedules time throughout the programs for guided analysis to allow participants to reflect on their observations, interpret their experiences, relate their learning to their school, organization, or learning context, and make informed plans to establish effective processes, policies, and practices for the schools or organizations. By the end of our programs, students, trainees, facilitators, teachers, and organizational leaders are able to enact change within their own environments.
Reflective practice is the core of experiential learning. Reflective practice triggers curiosity and fosters a lifelong study of the process of change. Reflection requires a willingness to question long-held assumptions and tacitly-held beliefs; it requires skills of observation and active-listening, and the ability to consider alternative ways of doing and understanding. Reflection takes into account the whole person inside a whole process. The whole teacher, the whole student, the whole community. The reflective process can help reveal the dignity in all humans, lead to greater awareness and deeper understanding across vast differences, and fuel a life-long dedication to learning with others. . Through ongoing connection and dedication to understanding others, the reflective process itself helps us be active participants in creating a more peaceful and just world.