Learning beyond borders: Implications of US work and travel experiences on Lyceans
International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations
This study determined the implications of Lyceans’ participation to the US Work and Travel (WAT) program. Using survey data and transcriptions from interviews, the study established specific program implications on the students’ personal, social, intercultural, and career development. A total of 22 or 56% WAT alumni who joined the program in AY 2017-2018 participated in the survey. The study revealed that the WAT program has positively contributed to the participants’ personal and professional development. Despite some challenges encountered, the overall experience of the participants has been positive due to the intimate interactions they have had with diverse groups of people; in which their exposure to work and day-to-day challenges have been a source of learning and adventure. It was evident from the participants narratives that their experience has enhanced their self-confidence, independence, intrapersonal skills, and cultural competence. The experience has also influenced the participants’ views about the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as their future career aspirations. Proposals to effect improvements in the administration of the program, with emphasis on orientation content and placement arrangements with local providers are recommended.
Abayan, M. M. (2019). Learning beyond borders: Implications of US work and travel experiences on Lyceans. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations, 7 (3), 156-168. Retrieved from https://animorepository.dlsu.edu.ph/faculty_research/9339
Education | Tourism and Travel
Student exchange programs; Tourism—Vocational guidance