How will you further develop your global perspective while you are abroad? How will you make the most of this experience, personally, academically and professionally? How will you develop your interpersonal and intrapersonal skill sets? Prior to going abroad, set SMART goals, or clearly defined objectives for your international experience.  Be sure to come up with Action Plans, or strategies, to make sure that you have reached your goal(s).




What is a SMART goal?

A SMART goal is:
1. Specific- Is your goal clearly defined
2. Measureable- How will we know if we reached our goal?
3. Attainable- Can the goal be reached
4. Relevant- Does the goal represent you?
5. Timely- Set a time for when you goal will be finished



What is an example of a SMART goal?

Goal: Understand Mexican women’s mental toward machismo.

  • Action Plan 1: Attend literacy workshops run by local and/or international volunteers.
  • Action Plan 2: Volunteer with an NGO as a teacher.
  • Action Plan 3: Interview participants of literacy programs.  

Goals & Action Plans: Supplemental Worksheet

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