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Article: Sitting By The Well: The Case For Intercultural Competency Training In International Experiential Learning


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By Jeffrey Blumberg¹

“Sit by the well.” This was the guiding principle by which a friend and fellow returned Peace Corps volunteer, who served in Africa in the 1960s, conducted her volunteer service. She explained that volunteers were instructed to listen, learn, adapt and integrate culturally, and understand their cultural settings. Volunteers were given permission to not immediately “accomplish” but first understand the context of their volunteer assignments and the nuances of local players’ inter-relationships, cultural norms, and community needs. It was only after having this period of reflection that volunteers would be considered ready to roll up their sleeves and go about undertaking their assignments. This concept of sitting by the well is tantamount to obtaining intercultural competency before setting out to conduct community development work.

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Members of the University of Baltimore Law Review, Volume 44.

Law Review Executive Board, Volume 44
Editor-in-Chief: David Shafer
Managing Editor: Kaitlin Del Vecchio
Production Editors: Samantha Freed, Laura Gagne, Katharine Primosch, Kyle Kushner
Articles Editor: Marie Long
Comments Editor: Ryan Horka
Executive Editor: Kaitlan Folderauer
Business Editor: Karen Smith
Symposium Editor: Jennifer Harris
Technology Editor: Stuart Smith

Law Review Associate Board, Volume 44
Associate Managing Editors: Tim Carey and Keith Ferrier
Associate Articles Editor: Adam Bosse
Associate Technology Editor: Morgan Gough
Associate Comment Editors: Alex Dobrusin, Niki Holmes, Caitlin McAteee, Philip Smith, and Bryce Ziskind

Law Review Staff Members, Volume 44
Abbey Ray, Erin Hanrahan, Jennifer Daly, John MacLellan, Myles Poster, Stephanie Maddox, Kathryn Huff, Maria Iliadis, Michael Leeb, Chelsae Endzel, Chris Merrill, Nate Titman, Samantha Ardinger, Taylor Beckham, Graham Bennie, Michael Berman, Katherine Bloom, Meredith Boram, Michael Brook, Paul Burgin, Alexander Castelli, Jacob Deaven, Ashley Ensor, Brittany Favazza, Nicholas Fearnow, Catherine Florea, Margaret Fogarty, Thomas Geddes, Sonya Grabowski, Emily Greene, Logan Haarz, Allen Honick, Alex Hughes, H.C. Jones III, Nida Kanwal, Nicole Kozlowski, Lauren Lake, Frank Lozupone, Rebekah Mears, Devon Miller, Christopher Monte, Philip Motsay, Alexander Powell, Alexandra Queener, Lawrence Rachuba, Kelly Raynaud, Edward Richardson, Brittany Strickland, Kris Vallecillo, Meaghan Vernick, Lisa Walker, Lauren Wood.

Faculty Adviser: Venable Professor of Law Robert Lande.

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Members of the University of Baltimore Law Review for Volume 43.

Editor-in-Chief: John Baber
Managing Editor: Meredith Cipriano
Production Editors: Matt McCloskey, Alison Graham, Jordan Halle, Hannah Levin
Articles Editor: Virginia Callahan
Comments Editor: Benjamin Bor
Executive Editor: Jeffrey Toppe
Symposium Editor: Jeff Bernstein
Technology Editor: Jeff Amoros

Law Review Associate Board, Volume 43
Associate Managing Editors: Emily Alt and Maria Surdokas
Associate Articles Editor: Brent Clemmens
Associate Symposium Editor: Laura Hunt
Associate Technology Editors: Elisabeth Connell and T. Joseph McQueeney
Associate Comment Editors: Jessica Gorsky, Ryan Krute, Jessica Pilarski, James Sensor and Darryl Tarver

Law Review Staff Members, Volume 43
Dylan Bernstein, Adam Bosse, Megan Burnett, Brian Cannon, Timothy Carey, Joel Celso, Christopher Crosby, Jennifer Daly, Kaitlin Del Vecchio, Alex Dobrusin, Chelsae Endzel, Keith Ferrier, Kaitlan Folderauer, Gregory Fox, Samantha Freed, Katherine Furlong, Laura Gagne, Morgan Gough, Erin Hanrahan, Jennifer Harris, Katherine Helfrich, Katie Huff, Maria Ilidis, Kenneth Jones, Thomas Jones, April Kerns, Kyle Kushner, Michael Leeb, Marie Long, Caitlin McAtee, Chris Merrill, Niki Holmes, Ryan Horka, John MacLellan, Stephanie Maddox, Adam McCormick, Ethan Nochumowitz, Natalie Novak, Kaitlyn Pasco, Myles Poster, David Shafer, Karen Smith, Philip Smith, Stuart Smith, Lindsey Thomas, Nate Titman, Abbey Ray, Laura Ruppersberger, Ryan Walburn, Bryce Ziskind and Nati Zongo.

Faculty Adviser: Venable Professor of Law Robert Lande.