Some of the Peace Works itinerary programs include visits to memorial sites, genocide museums, and survivors’ testimonials. How do you prepare student travelers for such emotionally-challenging experiences?
Our program balances “darkness and light” offering travelers an understanding of the humanity’s capacity for evil, good, and recovery. All travelers are prepared with curriculum and reading prior to departure. We provide teacher-leader training for the reflection activities designed to assist students process the disturbing information they will encounter. Before and after visiting to an emotionally challenging site, teachers are equipped with discussion questions, journal-writing prompts, and reflection exercises to help students make sense their experiences. After travelers have had time to process their feelings, visits to inspirational places (such as playgrounds, spiritual sites, or musical performances) affirms confidence in human resiliency to heal.