This is the last morning at the Team House for my Winter Program. I say it that way because I do hope that I’ll be back in June with the second program I want to run, over our summer break. As I start to reflect on this trip something I didn’t expect was the isolation that can happen as the instructor leading a study abroad trip. The students had each other and while we were in Cape Town we had two guides who also had each other as co-workers. However, as an instructor I didn’t have a peer group to share the trip with. Thank goodness for social media! I’m sure as I repeat this trip I will build on relationships that I started this time, but I think its something that could be addressed through the study abroad office in program director orientation. Hopefully, between now and the next trip I can build relationships with other program directors to discuss how to mitigate against this while abroad.
Now, time to have breakfast with my students and try not to cry! They are the loveliest group and I have been lucky to be their instructor.