How Educational Learning Is Detrimental When Traveling

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Educational learning is detrimental when traveling in order to avoid biases towards other cultures and to create an awareness of the differences in these other cultures to avoid disrespect. The affects of traveling are stated in numerous texts throughout the course. All the readings seem to direct to the conclusion that traveling is most respectable through studying and gaining knowledge of the natives’ culture rather than volunteering through service which is belittling. Educational traveling allows for individuals to learn natives’ culture, behaviors, and daily routines allowing for the awareness of the proper practices of the native country. This leads me to determine the correct thesis to be: Americans who travel should go “to study, not to help”. Throughout the course, the theme of cultural awareness is exemplified and examined in multiple texts. Illich describes cultural awareness properly in his speech but stating, “I am here to entreat you to use your money, your status and your education to travel in Latin America. Come to look, come to climb our mountains, to enjoy our flowers. Come to study. But do not come to help” (1968). Illich presented this speech in order to warn travelers from providing aid to other nations and to instead learn from them, overall creating a more positive, lasting impact. He implies by his speech that if one goes to aid or volunteer then they will discover that they are not thanked for their actions, but instead are looked down upon for
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