16 September 2013

SAILS: Students Advancing International Leadership at Sea

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September 9, 2013
Dear Colleague,
Are your students looking for a way to take their leadership to the next level? Are they interested in expanding their leadership development in an international context? Do your students have a passion for making positive social change? Do you want to provide frameworks for your students to learn about leadership in an international context?
"The program taught me about a variety of leadership styles and helped me to discover some of my personal strengths as a leader. Our open dialogues encouraged exploration into my own thoughts, and I was able to use what I learned to apply to the changing environment around me."
–Victoria Pisini, University of Pennsylvania, International Relations
I am excited to share information about a unique partnership between ACPA – College Student Educators International and Semester at Sea designed specifically for your undergraduate student leaders. SAILS: Students Advancing International Leadership at Sea will set sail at the end of the spring semester – a perfect opportunity for students who cannot fit in a whole semester abroad!
Your students will join a dynamic group of undergraduate student leaders from across the world and take the adventure of a lifetime aboard the MV Explorer, the home of Semester at Sea. This special opportunity for student leaders is a part of Semester at Sea's Enrichment Voyages. The SAILS program is designed to give students hands-on experience of learning collaboratively in an international context. With a focus on global leadership and personal leadership development, students will have the opportunity to meet and connect with others interested in leadership for positive change, enhance leadership development, and participate in service-learning opportunities and site visits.
"When I applied to the leadership program through Semester at Sea, I knew that it would be an incredible experience. However, I didn't think it would be a life changing experience. Learning about all the different leaders throughout the world has opened my eyes to wanting to change people's lives for the better, even if it is in the simplest form."
–Christine Wamba, California State University Channel Island, Liberal Studies
As the lead for the upcoming 2014 program, I bring with me a vast and varied background in college student leadership and international education as an author, educator, and researcher with Semester at Sea and other organizations. Students can choose to participate in one leg of the journey or the whole expedition. Voyage dates are May 18 to 31, 2014 and/ or June 1 to June 15, 2014. The expedition will visit Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Iceland, and the Isle of Man
I hope that you will share this information with your student leaders and encourage them to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity today.
Paige Haber-Curran's Signature
Paige Haber-Curran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education
Texas State University-San Marcos

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