This study examines the little-studied phenomenon of teacher mentoring for global consciousness. It reviews the relationship between secondary school teachers participating in an international service-learning (ISL) project in Nicaragua and an NGO, Canadian Youth Abroad (CYA). CYA facilitates short, but intensive, ISL experiences. The teachers work for a publicly funded Catholic district school board in Ontario, Canada. Teachers who travel to Nicaragua with the students are mentored and accompanied by more experienced peers - "veteran" CYA/ISL teacher-participants. The mentoring process seeks to impart the CYA’s particular transformative values to the new teacher-participants and through them, to their students. These values challenge the dominant charitable "help the poor" model of North-South engagement. The teacher-mentors follow CYA's Freirian pedagogical model that stresses the value of solidarity between Canadian and Nicaraguan participants.
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O'Sullivan, Michael W. and Niemczyk, Ewelina K.
"Mentoring Teachers for Critical Global Consciousness: Infusing Solidarity in International Service Learning,"
Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cie-eci/vol44/iss1/6