Professor uses Global Builders trips to broaden students’ perspective

Professor uses Global Builders trips to broaden students’ perspective

For Associate Professor of Business and Economics Henrique Cezar, Fuller Center Global Builders trips are more than just a chance for his students from Vermont’s Johnson State College to practice civic engagement and do some good in the world. They also are an opportunity to expose the students to diversity and cultural differences.

After leading students on Fuller Center Global Builders trips to Thailand, Nicaragua and, last year, Armenia, Cezar will take his team to work with The Fuller Center’s covenant partner in Trivandrum, India, this coming May.

Johnson State College’s student newspaper, Basement Medicine, has an outstanding piece about this service trip, featuring interviews with Cezar and students who will be making the trip.

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Johnson State College professor: Global Builders trips life-changing for students

Johnson State College professor: Global Builders trips life-changing for students

Johnson State College of Johnson, Vermont, emphasis what it calls “education by engagement.” While undergraduates are fully engaged in their degree studies, they also are encouraged to examine their place in the community, the nation and the world.

One way Professor of Business and Economics Henrique Cezar has found to expand students’ horizons is through Fuller Center Global Builders trips. He is planning to take a team of students to Armenia in May, having taken similar Global Builders trips to Thailand and Nicaragua in the previous two years.

“They take one of those trips and they come back and it’s a change for them,” Cezar tells the Basement Medicine, JSC’s student newspaper. “I like that component. You can see the students kind of seeing things differently after that trip.”

He also said that working with The Fuller Center for Housing’s Global Builders program is much easier than previous efforts to handle such international trips on his own.

“We just tell [The Fuller Center] when we want to go, things like that, how many students are going,” Cezar said. “They take it from there. All we have to do is shop for tickets, for airfare, and the rest is up to them. The planning aspect of those trips is quite easy.”

Complete story in Johnson state’s
Basement Medicine student newspaper