A Day in the Life

Students will spend a day and evening in a local exchange program where they will live, eat, and sleep in a different local neighborhood.

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We have exchange programs to teach students about other cultures internationally but ignore the rich diversity in our own backyards. This exchange program would allow students to truly experience a day in the life of someone who's life is very different than their own.

Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, warned: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” and Harper Lee stated: “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

This experience will enable students to build authentic empathy, challenge personal bias and assumptions, and build stronger relationship between participating communities.

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Walking in other's shoes is powerful.  I wonder if students could swap with a sister school?

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Really like this idea of authentic empathy.  It'd be great if you could start a google doc to begin to build out this idea more.  How would you begin to implement?  How would you prepare students?  How would you structure the connections between communities?  Love it!!