The tourism, recreation and adventure leadership program has a long-term partnership with the United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore that involves research, internship opportunities for TRAL students, and teacher exchange.

The UWCSEA is one of the largest K-12 international schools in the world with approximately 5000 students on two campuses. Michael Gassner, TRAL program lead and Chris Wolsko, assistant professor of psychology are leading the seven year international and collaborative research study that will add to the global knowledge of how outdoor education impacts K-12 student learning. The partnership also allows for TRAL undergraduate students at OSU-Cascades to participate in a TRAL internship in Singapore and, UWCSEA outdoor education instructors to assist in teaching TRAL expedition courses.

Over the seven year study, students in grades six to 11 who are participating in outdoor education expeditions at UWCSEA will be surveyed to gather data about developmental experiences, connection to nature, personal fulfillment, and what specifically the UWCSEA outdoor education program contributes to overall UWCSEA student learning.  Outdoor education is central to the UWCSEA mission and one of five core elements of its curriculum.

For questions about the research, internships or teacher exchange, contact Michael Gassner.