Opportunities abound for teacher candidates able and willing to travel to Australia, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom and more thanks to UBC’s Community Field Experience (CFE).
Research indicates that beginning teachers with international experiences “increase their self-awareness, and enhance their personal efficacy and understanding of cross-cultural, diversity, and globalization issues, which informs their subsequent teaching practice” (Mwebi & Brigham, 2009).
“The Ugandan people taught me the power of teaching in a local community with limited resources but the heart to persevere and overcome obstacles with undeniable faith and commitment! It was truly one of the best experiences that I have participated in.”
Teacher candidate about her CFE
“To me the best part was the CFE where I had the opportunity to a) get back to my native country of Cuba and b) experience the freedom to experiment beyond the borders of traditional classrooms.”
Teacher candidate about his CFE
UBC’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator stream opens up even more possibilities for sites of teaching and learning both during and after the BEd program. Teacher candidates in the IB stream engage with an international view of education in which the world serves as a broad context for inquiry, for learning and for action.