Last week, Kaya’s MD Heilwig Jones attended the Forum on International Education conference in Atlanta Georgia. This annual event brings together international education professionals from around the USA to participate in workshops and sessions looking at trends and best practices in study, intern, service-learning and group programs abroad. Recent attacks in Paris and Brussels made sure that risk and safety were high on the agenda, and we were happy to see that Kaya was already following all the best practices recommended in our locations.
Nico Joost from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Spoke about ensuing that short-term study programs prioritized the importance of involvement and immersion in the local communities. He also discussed the idea of “UBUNTU” – human kindness and the idea that “I am because you are” and the interconnectivity of community. This was music to our ears at Kaya as people prioritize the importance of immersion and connection in their travels.
Heilwig also had a chance to catch up with some of our affiliate universities – The University of Michigan, The University of South Alabama, Iowa State University amongst others, as well as having some great conversations with some new institutions looking to start developing custom group programs and internships placements with us at Kaya.
It was a great week where we picked up some great knowledge about trends, best practices and new ideas for students looking to study, intern or participate in service abroad. At Kaya we are always looking to continuously improve our placements and the opportunity to participate in the Forum should keep us on our toes and always aiming to remain the best in the field!