Educational Resources for Study Abroad Offices and Travelers
Membership Program – Coming Soon!
With a membership, universities, study abroad providers and students will have access to innovative resources in sustainability education that are specific to study abroad programs.
Member fees afford a tremendous value to students and professionals looking to transform the study abroad experience in the era of climate change. Anticipated annual rates are below.
Memberships will be available for purchase on our website in summer 2021. An announcement will be made about purchase and our member portal once the program is launched. Be sure to check frequently for updates.
We will offer university and study abroad office members the opportunity to onset carbon emissions and support campus or community-based solutions to global warming. We will help members measure their emissions using a custom calculator, offer supporting materials and a set up a Team Fund to help students understand the impact of their travel and contribute monies towards a project of choice. This service will be provided in partnership with Earth Deeds.
Professional and student members will have access to detailed and informative reports that profile unique aspects of different countries in relation to environmental sustainability and climate change. These reports will assist study abroad students prepare for their experience to a particular destination using a sustainability lens.
Members will be able to watch an engaging and informative video that orients them to the climate crisis and offers suggestions on how to travel more sustainably. Professionals can use the video to advise study abroad students and students can use the video to prepare for their upcoming trip.
Members will also be able to watch an instructional video that helps study abroad
students process their recent experience through an intercultural and sustainability lens. Students will learn how to pivot from their trip abroad to a more informed lifestyle and ways to advance their knowledge in sustainability education.
Professional members will have access to recommended curricula that may be used in any academic course, but particularly for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses. Curricula will focus on sustainability themes, activities and resources and will be tailored to different academic subjects. These resources are being designed to assist faculty with infusing important sustainability education into their in-person and virtual courses without having to feel like a sustainability education expert!
Certificate of Achievement
Professional members will have the opportunity to be amongst the first achievers of a certification for undergoing a sustainability-oriented self-reporting framework. The framework will draw upon best practices within sustainability education and be tailored to meet the needs of study abroad offices and study abroad providers for all study abroad programming.
Student members will be guided on how to advocate for more sustainable travel and the importance of international academic mobility through key recommendations. Students will learn how to make the most of their study abroad experiences and/or desire for a healthier planet that doesn’t seek to eliminate travel.
What are the Benefits?
The benefits of these resources are numerous. This is the time to learn more about sustainable travel and engage in action. Travel is a fundamental way to strengthen human development, but its environmental costs must be taken into account.
Study abroad offices and individual travelers increasingly grapple with how to enjoy programs abroad while also having an active care for the planet. Bound International, and its partner, Earth Deeds, will identify a pathway by which travel-related emissions can be calculated and how to onset those emissions by directly benefitting a community or organization of choice. Onsetting provides a more thoughtful and impactful way to reconcile the environmental impact of travel in a way that carbon offsetting trends currently do not.
Learn more about tangible actions and specific steps an office or individual traveler can take to study abroad in a more sustainable way. With sustainable travel options on the rise, a growing sense of urgency about the climate crisis and a student population more engaged on climate change than ever before, the use of these resources can provide direction and self-agency in changing how we undertake international academic travel.
With these resources, study abroad offices will be afforded a meaningful action plan. Whether your office has begun sustainable study abroad programming or not, these resources will help it become a knowledge hub of best practice in sustainable academic travel. From optimal program design, to student preparation, to effective marketing techniques, make your office a leader in the future of study abroad.
Study abroad offices can join a network of professionals that are maximizing their effectiveness with a Bound International membership and access to several of our resources. Student members can also join a community designed especially for their social awareness, tips about sustainable travel, advice on how to be a climate advocate and further their education and development by engaging with Bound International staff and resources before, during and after a study abroad experience.