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Interview with Joan Solaún.

API Institutional Relations team member, Emily Nagle had the opportunity to interview API’s Director of Caribbean and Latin American Programming, Joan Solaún. Joan was recently honored with the NAFSA International Education Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in honor of Marita Houlihan.  “Given Joan Solaún’s warm, vibrant character, it is no surprise that her passion for [...]

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Choose your model

1) U.S. FACULTY-LED

A faculty member from your institution teaches the course(es), and API makes all logistical arrangements.

2) HOST COUNTRY FACULTY INSTRUCTION

API arranges for host country faculty to teach specific courses to your students and API takes care of all of the logistical arrangements.

3) COMBINATION OF #1 AND #2

API arranges for a faculty member from your institution and host country faculty to teach the courses while taking care of all of the other logistical arrangements.

4) INCORPORATE INTO AN ALREADY EXISTING API PROGRAM

If an already existing API program meets your needs, your institution simply “adopts” the program and offers it to your students. This program model can often be run more affordable than creating your own and does not necessarily have to be led by a faculty member from your university.

5) TRAVELING PROGRAM

A U.S. faculty led, host country faculty taught, or combination, that takes place in more than one location.

6) EXCHANGE, DIRECT-ENROLLMENT, AND MANAGED PROGRAMS SUPPORT BY API

API provides customized support services for U.S. institutions who may maintain existing exchange, direct enrollment, and university-managed programs in any of our current API college study abroad program sites. This model is helpful for U.S. universities who desire to provide their students with more student support on-site but do not have faculty or administrators who accompany the students abroad.

Services include:

  • Accommodation
  • On-site support by an API resident director
  • Emergency response action plans
  • On-site cultural and safety orientation
  • Airport reception and return
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Local metro/transportation pass
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Visa and pre-departure support
  • Online forms collection
  • Marketing materials
  • Medical and life insurance (including medical evacuation and repatriation) option
  • Cell phone rental and discount calling package option
7) SHORT-TERM COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS

API designs community-based customized programs which allow students to collaborate with locals, learn about the socio-political systems behind social issues and understand how organizers of local projects respond to them. API programs offer the resources and space for students to observe, critically reflect on their daily experiences, learn from inspirational agents of change within the community and ultimately engage in local projects. We strive to support participants’ understanding of societal issues, and use this knowledge upon returning home to contribute to causes within their own local communities.

API’s short-term community-based programs reflect API’s values

  • Reciprocity in relationships between organizations, visitors and the community
  • Looking at service from eye-level in contrast to a top-down approach through cooperative, cross-cultural participation
  • Deliberate focus on the value of diversity, intercultural engagement and reflection to encourage intercultural learning among participants and community partners
  • Commitment to engaging with locals on community-driven initiatives