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Jordan, Virtual Exchange

19 Jordan for Honors eligible students 
Program Sheet:
 Jordan Virtual Exchange

Apply by Monday, September 10 
The Course:
Join a team of 8 Kirkwood students who will compete in a global virtual exchange with a focus on sustainability this spring semester.  The team of local and international students will develop a sustainable business plan for a specific industry.  The chosen industry for this year’s challenge is hospitality and tourism. Your team is led by Sondra Gates, a Kirkwood faculty member and paired with an international team in Jordan.  The winning team earns travel to a global summit in Washington DC in December 2018 where you will meet your Jordanian teammates. You will work face-to-face with your Kirkwood team and virtually with a team of students in Jordan. You should expect to work about 2-3 hours per week on the challenge. The challenge will enhance your leadership, team-building and problem solving skills and is open to students in any major or career field.
The Country:
This virtual exchange allows you to engage with your international peers without leaving Iowa! Jordan is an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, between Israel and Saudi Arabia, defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. The country and the people have a tradition of welcoming visitors. A safe haven in a region of conflict, Jordan has delighted visitors for centuries with its World Heritage sites, friendly towns and inspiring desert landscapes.
Team Positions:
You will select one of these roles on the team.
  • Director: Leads the team towards a high-quality, innovative hospitality sustainability solution.
  • Manager: Keeps the team on schedule and on task for the day, week, and overall challenge.
  • Technology Specialist: Manages, troubleshoots, and innovates technology needs for the challenge.
  • Marketer: Leads creative thinking and research about marketing the business idea.
  • Researchers (2): Researches the sustainability challenge topic in detail and finds solutions to problems.
  • Recorder: Writes up team challenge notes and records discoveries and lessons learned.
  • Journalist/Social Media Manager: Takes photos and videos throughout the sustainability challenge and keeps the team blog and other information on the Virtual Platform up to date.
Program Highlights:
  • Real-world problem-solving: tackle real global challenges at an industry level
  • Global Citizenship: build enduring connections and enhance your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Resume Builder: showcase your global competencies to future employers by competing in this challenge!
  • Global Summit: The winning team travels to Washington DC for a Global Summit
Program Contacts:
Sondra Gates, Professor and Faculty Leader
319-398-5899 x5840
Cedar Hall 3025
Ken Nesbett, Study Abroad Advisor
International Programs, 1154 Linn Hall