Experiential learning of university students delivering a coaching workshop in Belize

Jennifer M. Jacobs, Karisa L. Kuipers, K. R. Andrew Richards, Paul M. Wright

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Prior research has demonstrated the importance of engaging college students in a global curriculum that prepares them for the everchanging landscape of the sports industry. International learning experiences are one way to facilitate this type of professional preparation and often include the added benefit of having a deep personal impact. The purpose of this study was to understand university students' experiences leading sessions for Belizean coaches as part of an international teaching experience. Participants were four university students pursuing interdisciplinary sport majors. Data sources included recorded interviews and daily group debrief sessions, reflective journals, social media-based photo journals, and observational fieldnotes. Qualitative data analysis resulted in the construction of three themes that described the participants' experiences and learning outcomes: (a) personal and professional growth, (b) developing and maintaining relationships, and (c) engaging with culture. Results suggest that an international program designed to foster experiential, global learning was enhanced by the opportunity to teach in a new context, foster relationships with local stakeholders, and participate in pre- and posttrip training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalSport Management Education Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • Coach training
  • Cross-cultural experience
  • International teaching
  • Study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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