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5 Benefits of an Educational Experience

May 11, 2021

The benefits from cross-cultural educational experiences are endless! Not only do they promote a better understanding of others and their culture, but cross-cultural experiences also offer hands on learning and interactive opportunities. . Keep readingto find out more about the importance of cross-cultural educational experiences.

Improves the Mind

Being exposed to cultural learning opportunities stimulates your mind, helpping you think in new ways. It’s an ideal way of challenging your thoughts and enhancing how you process information from the world around you.

Promotes Understanding

There are many problems that can arise from misunderstandings, especially because we live in an increasingly connected and diverse society. By learning about and understanding different cultures, you understand why people do things the way they do. When you can put yourself in the shoes of others, you can begin to better understand their reality. This facilitates understanding and prevents misunderstandings.

Learn New Ways of Doing Things

Cultural practices shouldn’t be the reason why people don’t learn about one another. While some cultural practices may not align with your personal beliefs, learning about diverse cultures helps you realize that there are numerous approaches to life. Many times, interacting with people from different cultures helps you view life from a different perspective. When you learn about different cultures, you establish new ways of thinking and approaching and solving problems.

Builds Strong Community Members

It is becoming clear that in order to build communities that are successful in improving and resolving problems, we need to understand and appreciate our differences. By establishing relationships with people from cultures other than our own, we can build strong alliances with different cultures.

Minimizes Stereotypes

When we acknowledge all cultures, we are less likely to judge other’s through stereotypes. Everyone is unique, but these differences should not be used as a reason to treat others differently in a community. Be open to learning and you might just have a change in perspective!

Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive destination in Alberta and is a premier destination for Alberta Métis cultural interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development. Sitting on 512-acres of land, comprised of river lot titles from the original Métis settlers to the region in the late 1800s, the crossing is designed to engage and excite visitors through an exploration of Métis cultural experiences.

Métis Crossing strives to represent and share elements of Métis culture; pride of culture and respect (with self-identification), family reconnection and reconciliation, sacredness of place and empathy and acknowledgement. While we are proud to be a place that all Métis people can call home and can see themselves in, we are a place for everyone. When you come to Métis Crossing, we hope that no matter your background or previous knowledge, that you will leave with both a better understanding and connection with your own heritage and with Métis people!

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