While academic excellence and growth is the core purpose of study abroad, individual and community wellbeing are critical to anyone’s ability to achievement these. Our programming thus includes a strong focus on wellness and a variety of systems and services to support physical and mental health.
In addition to our range of medical services, students will see activity around Faraday House during their semester in London. These include mindfulness trainings and retreats, open dialogues about key issues like healthy relationships, and awareness campaigns around gender-based violence and peer pressure. Sport, Wellbeing & the Environment is one of our London Passport categories, actively encouraging students to participate in and think about these issues throughout their time in Europe.
For Fall 2018, students should especially make note of relevant Passport Lunches:
- Wednesday 5 September: “Introduction to Mindfulness”
- Wednesday 21 November: “Mental Health”
- Tuesday 27 November: “Returning Home”
All lunches will take place from 1-2pm in the Faraday House Student Lounge. An inclusive meal with a variety of healthy and comfort foods (as well as gluten free and vegan options) will always be provided for those joining the conversation.
We are also offering a special volunteering event on Thursday 22 November: Students can join other international students abroad to cook a Thanksgiving-style meal for families in Lambeth’s Ronald McDonald House, a charity offering free housing to families whose children are in hospital. This offers students a chance to spend the holiday abroad in a meaningful way while gaining insight into the British healthcare system. Current semester students will receive more details about this and similar opportunities via weekly emails from our Program Staff.
featured image by Hollan Obinger, 2018