TRIPS Education and Reflection
It is important to learn as much as you can before, during and after the trip. At least one of your pre-trip meetings will focus on specific information related to your trip issue. This meeting might be attending a campus speaker, asking a speaker to come talk to your group, watching a video, or discussing an article. You are also asked to attend a TRIPS diversity workshop, and send-off and post-trip reflections to gain additional insight on your experience.
During the trip, you will have the opportunity to meet amazing people who may become your teachers and mentors – if you just ask the questions. Each day your group will set a time to meet and talk about the day’s experiences and share perspectives and insights. Some groups have also brought a video camera to record their adventures, or passed around a group journal to document the day’s activities. You may also have a “free day” where you can explore the local area to learn more about the issue.
At the end of the week, you will be asked to complete a TRIPS program evaluation and journal extensively on the following three questions:
a) Explain, in depth, your understanding of the causes and consequences of the societal issue (e.g., civil rights, homelessness, environmental issues, etc.) that you encountered on your trip.
b) Describe any personal awareness (i.e., deeper level of self-understanding, clarification of personal goals, sense of self-worth, spiritual insights, etc.) that resulted from your trip experience
c) Describe your plan, if any, to become involved in the community as a result of your trip experience (e.g., participate in volunteer work or community events, start a new project, share new information with others, etc.).
You may wish to keep these in mind throughout your trip experience, to help us to document as well as possible what learning takes place on trips. We may also excerpt some of your writing for our trip programs.