I've been fortunate to take part in a couple of short-term international study delegations in the past; one for a week focused on international health policy in Haiti and another for two weeks focused on business and entrepreneurship in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria. Both were fascinating studies into different cultures and foreign policies, as well as useful in providing insight and provoking thought about the way in which we do things at home in the good ole U.S. of A.
You may have seen the 50 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes Of All Time, of which I've got a few favorites:
- "All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own." - Samuel Johnson
- "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." -Henry Miller
Both aptly illuminate the value of a trip such as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Inter-City Leadership Delegation. In its 10th anniversary year, the program is heading to Portland, OR in order to engage in experiential learning via site visits, hearing from local leaders, and learning about regional and city best practices. More details below!